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Yom Shabbat, 28 Kislev 5775

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December 18  - December 24, 2014

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"Sneak Peak" the Torah Portion, Candle Lighting Times and special celebrations planned for this Shabbat Morning. 




"Soups On"

Pickup Dates & Times:

Thursday, December 17 & 18, 12:00 - 5:00 PM
Friday, December 19, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


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Kabbalat Shabbat @ Home

Friday, January 9, 6:30 PM, Home of Eileen Lowey
Welcome Shabbat properly with a warm and inclusive program, surrounded by other Rodef Shalom members. This is a service, led by Claude & Joe Brachfeld  in a congregant's home. Following the service there's a potluck dinner with salmon provided by the synagogue, and cold, dairy side dishes or desserts provided by the participants. No reservations required. Contact
Fran Cohen. 




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King Soopers Cards  

Remember to use your card as it is connected to Rodef Shalom. Each time you use it, the synagogue benefits in the amount of 5% of the total. You can use it to buy King Soopers gas, prescriptions and groceries (gift cards excluded).  Be sure to use it at least once every 30 days to keep it connected to Rodef Shalom.

Bricks, Plaques and Leaves

Memorialize a loved one and support Congregation Rodef Shalom.

  • Engrave a brick at the entrance to Rodef.  

Cost:  $360 

  • Have a bronze memorial plaque engraved with their name and the date of their death.  The light by the plaque is illuminated for the week of their yahrzeit.  

Cost:  $500 

  • Engrave a leaf for the Tree of Life in the Sanctuary.

          Cost: $180
When you join, a percentage of your online purchases at over 1400 stores is donated to Rodef Shalom... at absolutely no cost to you!  Stores include,  BestBuy, Bed Bath & Beyond, just name a few. Donations range from 5-20%!  You'll always see how much Rodef Shalom will receive from your purchase. 


Member to Member

 The Rodef finance committee is recommending potentially refinancing our mortgage. In order to do this the bank is asking us for a 5-year plan including budgets and plans for growth. They want us to do this within the next 6 weeks. I am looking for volunteers to participate in two open meetings to address this plan.

  • The first meeting will occurred on December 17th from 7 pm - 9 pm at Rodef. It focused on brainstorming new ideas or reusing ones we never could implement and the elements to put into the plan.  
  • The second meeting will occur on January 7th from 7 pm - 9 pm at Rodef. This meeting will focus on refining and finalizing that plan.

 All Rodef Shalom members are invited to be part of this process. Please RSVP to Michele Campbell if you plan to attend either or both meetings.

Thank you,

 Marty Zimmerman



Annual Silent Auction 

Rodef Shalom's annual silent auction will be held this year on March 1st, during the Purim Carnival and Shpiel.  There will also be an online auction running February 12th-28th.  Gayle Bush is once again managing these auctions this year and is asking for 8 people who can canvas a particular geographic neighborhood to ask restaurants and business owners to make donations.  Individuals may also help by just asking your dry cleaners, hair stylist, massage therapist or a restaurant you frequent for a gift certificate. Your help would be very much appreciated.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 303-420-2778.

Hearing Assistive Devices

Rodef Shalom now has hearing assistive devices available to congregants.  They are located in a small 3 drawer unit on the far right of the glass shelf to the right of the sanctuary doors in the lobby.  For more information, contact the office.


Good and Welfare

Mazel Tov to  ...
Rabbi & Sue Gerson on the engagement of their son Elliot to Chaya Miryam Nimchinsky.


 Refuah Shlaymah to  ...

Heather Kessler

Bluma Oginsky




Community Events 


hebrew chorale 

Inside the McNichols Building at Civic Center
144 West Colfax, Denver CO 80202

Mark the third night of Chanukah with the Colorado Hebrew Chorale and Stories on Stage. Come to the McNichols Building on December 18th for food, fun, music, stories and of course, traditions. Admission is free, but bring your own menorah...

RSVP is appreciated: Info: (303) 355-0232



Making Peace Possible: Bringing Together an American Jewish Response
Thursday, December 18, 7:00 PM, Temple Emanuel

Three prominent national Jewish community leaders discuss the path to Israeli-Palestinian peace and the current challenges to Israel’s Jewish and democratic values. 


Program offered free of charge. RSVP requested –

For additional information:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 303-748-4815


 December 24 & 25
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New & Improved Intro to Judaism starts January 15, 2015 

If you are interested in learning more about Judaism or you are considering converting to Judaism, our newly updated ITJ series is just for you! Our 28 week course now includes topics on Mysticism & Kabbalah, Social Action, Jewish Music & Liturgy and Modern Judaism and its Various Expressions and more! Rabbis from the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council, local cantors, ADL staff and educators from the Colorado Holocaust Educators Council will be our featured educators! The class will be held at Temple Emanuel.   To find out more about this exciting series please contact Betsy Epel (720 941 2655) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  We can't wait to study with you!   


Annual Soup Cookoff and Dinner
Saturday, January 31, 2015, Christ the King Catholic Church

Don’t miss this evening of food, fun and entertainment! Volunteers are needed for set up, during the evening and for cleanup. We also need soups ( Kosher, vegetarian, gluten-free) and desserts.  Please contact Janet Smith (303-755-4333) or Leslie Tjarks (303-220-0189) to volunteer your time and/or your cooking expertise. 


Jewish Baby University

Winter 2015: Jan. 11, 15, 19, 25, 29 and Feb. 2
Spring 2015: April 19, 23, 27, 30 and May 3, 11
Sundays, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Rose Medical Center
Mondays and Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:30 PM, JCC and Rose Medical Center

Cost: $200/couple (Eligible for a $100 discount)

Click here to register or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call (303) 316-6336.

Designed for expectant parents, this innovative program combines childbirth education with an exploration of the Jewish traditions and rituals connected with pregnancy, birth, and parenting. Instructors Rabbi Jeffrey Kaye (Judaic) and Sue Geissler (prepared childbirth), lead this program created by the Colorado Agency for Jewish Education and co-sponsored by the JCC and Rose Medical Center. Participants will join the Boot Camp for New Partners and Miracles and Mayhem for Moms classes to discuss the anticipated post-partum experience, communication skills, parental expectations, and changing identities. What to Expect When you Are Done Expecting (see description below), is also included in this series. All expectant parents are welcome- single parents, LGBT, adoptive, surrogate… we have a place for you!


Warm Welcome Visits

For Jewish parents welcoming a new baby into their family, we offer caring support, a connection to community resources, a way to meet other new parents, and a gift basket that includes, cds, books, other fun gifts, and information on child development and parenting skills from Colorado Bright Beginnings.  If you are a new parent or new to our Jewish community with a baby 6 months or younger, and would like a FREE Warm Welcome visit, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (303) 316 -6350.


Warm Welcome Playdates!       

Thursday, Jan. 8, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM


PJ Library



FREE Children's books for Jewish children ages 6 months to 5 years old!  PJ Library is now available to families in Colorado to receive one FREE book per month!  The first books are scheduled to be mailed in July.  Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity! 



Radio Chavura     

Radio Chavura on 990 KRKS AM features a diverse range of guests that includes authors, artists, students, and congregational leaders. This multi-generational show will make you laugh, cry, and reminisce.  Listen each Sunday evening at 6:30 PM -

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