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Yom Rivii, 24 Av 5774

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August 14 - August 20, 2014

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Gerson's Gleanings

Introducing Gerson's Gleanings ... A weekly blog of a quick perspective of the weekly Torah Portion.


Gerson's Gleanings can be found in the Quick Links section of the weekly eNews, and About Us/Spiritual Leaders.




Shabbat Sneak Peak

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





 Every Shabbat Morning
11:15 AM, Library
Ages birth- 4 years


Kehilat Rodef Religious School

Jewish Communities Around The World

worldEnjoy this fascinating and informative 3-part series at Rodef Shalom focusing on the Jews who live all across the globe!

The program will include light breakfast fare.

Sunday, August 24, 11:00 AM
The Jews of India

Sandra Bornstein, the author of the award-winning memoir, May This Be the Best Year of Your Life, will discuss how her peaceful and predictable Colorado life was forever changed after she relocated to Bangalore, India. Using photographs, video clips, and words, she will share a few highlights of her journey and what she learned about the Jews of India.

Upcoming dates: November 9 - The Hidden Jews of Shephard
                         December 14 - The Jews of China 

RSVPs strongly encouraged so that we may plan accordingly, either online (MembersNon-Members) or at 303-399-0035. Cost: $5/person – Open to the community! Drop-ins welcome!


Baseball: A Musical Score


Tuesday, August 26, 9:30 AM
Are you a fan of America’s favorite pastime, baseball?  Are you a fan of history or music?  Do you just like to learn or have fun?  Come to Rodef Shalom for a morning of baseball trivia, music, history and costumes.  A presentation by Rabbi Steven Rubenstein and others will highlight the program coordinated by Kavod On The Road and Rodef Shalom.  Light baseball snacks will be provided!  Suggested donations of $5.00 pp accepted.  RSVPs strongly encouraged so that we may plan accordingly, either online (MembersNon-Members) or at 303-399-0035.


Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build Day


Thursday, August 28, 8 AM - 4 PM.  We are co-sponsoring with Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church.  Our interfaith coalition is building a three bedroom, 2 story townhome in Sable Ridge (Montbello) for a single mother who has four daughters. We hope you will participate on either or both build dates. For more information, please contact Leslie Tjarks (303-220-0189) or Janet Smith (303-755-4333). Also feel free to check out our website:


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Shabbat Beginnings:
Welcoming Shabbat with Spirit and Song
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Friday, September 5, 6:15 PM, Lobby
Lend us your voice and your energy in this Kabbalat Shabbat service. The evening will begin with snacks and discussion of the Weekly Torah Portion, to be followed by the davening, led by Rabbi Gerson and Rodef members at 6:40 p.m. Transliteration pamphlets will be available for full inclusion.

Upcoming dates include:  November 21 and December 12

Free and open to the community.

Information:  303-399-0035


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Annual Picnic

Sunday, September 7, Cook Park, 3:00 PM
Get your game on at our Annual Picnic in the Park!  Come enjoy the last bit of summer at Cook Park where we will once again have fun games, food and face painting!  Everyone is invited – friends, family, prospective members (who are free)!

RSVP in advance online (Members, Non-Members) or by calling the office to save your place now. 
We also need helpers for games, set-up and clean-up!  Please call Connie at 303-399-0035 if you can help for an hour or so that day.  It would be greatly appreciated!  No Ants Invited! 
Cost: $10/adult; $5/youth (ages 5-13 yrs.); 4 yrs. & under Free; Prospective members (with contact info.) Free!

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Kabbalat Shabbat @ Home

Friday, September 12, 6:30 PM
Home of Harvey & Fran Cohen
Welcome Shabbat properly with a warm and inclusive program, surrounded by other Rodef Shalom members. Kabbalat Shabbat@Home> is a Shabbat 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:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Get Involved

Annual Picnic in the Park 

Volunteers needed to help at our Annual Picnic, Sunday, September 7.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to help!  

Shabbat Tables
We are actively seeking hosts for our very successful program, Shabbat Tables.  Our first Shabbat Dinner will take place on Friday evening, November 7th. As a host, other members will be paired to join you and others to begin Shabbat in a fun and meaningful way.  Please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Help Rodef Shalom get it's game on. We need 6-8 volunteers for our two weekly Sunday Bingo sessions. Contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or to sign up, click here.


Gift Shop 

Please take time to visit our Gift Shop. Barbara Raizen and Barbara Robbins devote much time and care to bring you unique gifts for all your gift giving needs. Proceeds go to the shul.


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.
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

We have a winner!!!  Dan Hyman was the 180th "Like" on the Rodef Shalom Facebook Page.  With that distinction, he will receive a $100.00 gift card of his choice, as well as an honor on the High Holy Days. Mazel Tov, Dan!

As we continue to share our support and love for Israel during this challenging time, we have decided to form an Israel Concerns Committee, which will be convened to discuss and propose ways in which to include Israel in our Services and Programs. If you are interested in participating, please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Dues renewal letters were mailed to members in July.  Please be sure to open your letter and return the form.  Call Michele Campbell, Rodef’s new Executive Director, with any questions about your dues - I am happy to speak with you.  --Michele  


Good & Welfare

Mazel Tov to ...

Ray Merenstein & Ilana Steinberg on the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter Hannah last Shabbat.

Bonnie Merenstein on the Bat Mitzvah of her granddaughter Hannah last Shabbat.

Larry & Leslie Englander on the engagement of their son Alex to Eva Levy.

The Rodef Shalom Men in Green for advancing to the "Final Four" in the Denver Jewish Softball League Playoffs with an 8-7 victory over the JCC Sox.



Community Events


Honey for the Holidays




We want to help you start the year off as sweet as honey! We are selling honey for you to use at your own table, bring as a hostess gift, or send to love ones.  Katelyn's Honey is pure, unprocessed honey from Kentucky and is made by over 400 colonies of bees!  It is certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union.  Send it to your friends, family, or purchase it for yourself and it will arrive in time for Rosh Hashanah

Click here to order or come by the office to fill out a form.

All orders must be received no later than August 25th.



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Better Business Bureau: Promoting Trust
August 28, 5:45 PM, Kavod Senior Life (formerly Allied Jewish Apartments)

"Better Business Bureau: Promoting Trust" invites the audience to learn about the many functions of the BBB of Denver/Boulder, and how it advances trust in the marketplace. Information about BBB outreach, dispute resolution, new developments in public information, accreditation, programs of the BBB Foundation and more will be shared. This is an excellent chance to engage with this unique not-for-profit organization that has served communities throughout the nation for more than 100 years.

Speaker: Megan Herrera, Communications Director

Cost:  Members            $15.00  (pre-registration required)
Nonmembers:    $20.00  (pre-registration required)
At the door:       $25.00

Heavy appetizers and refreshments

Click here for more informtion.




Adult Ed courses start BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS this year and include offerings such as “Secrets of the Soul” and “Beyond Borders,” a history of the Arab Israeli conflict. Make sure to register by visiting or contact Sarah Levy for additional information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 



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Shabbat Unplugged

Friday, August 22, 7:00 PM, Temple Emanuel

Shabbat Unplugged is a musical, spiritually-uplifting service featuring Steve Brodsky and the Shabbat Unplugged Band


Come for Shabbat dinner beforehand with J&W (buffet dinner at 6:00 pm) for the member price $13


RSVP: by Tuesday, August 19th, so we can reserve a table for everyone to sit together! Ellen Schaeffer at or 303.862.9536


Colorado State Fair

Sunday, August 24, 10:00 AM


Bus leaves from JCC (350 S. Dahlia Street) at 10:15 AM SHARP
Cost: $10 for transportation, plus admission to the fair (approx. $10)
*See RSVP info below*


Release your inner child and enjoy the sights, sounds, and aromas of the fair.  There will be fun food, exhibits, and all kinds of farm animals to admire.  When we've had our fill at the end of the day, we just hop on the comfortable bus and leave the driving to our Kavod Senior Life "chauffeur."


RSVP by August 20:

  1. Send a check for $10 payable to Kavod Senior Life to: Cynthia Land, 9400 E. Iliff Ave. #384, Denver, CO 80231
  2. Or pay online with a credit card here 

Questions, please contact Cynthia Land, 303-506-8632 


Estes Park
Wednesday, August 27, 9:30 AM

Bus leaves from JCC (350 S. Dahlia Street) at 9:45 am SHARP

Cost: $10 for transportation, bring money for lunch on your own, optional tram ride is $9.
*See RSVP info below*

One of Colorado's paradise mountain towns. One never tires of the view of the Rocky Mountains as we arrive. Then, we can seek out shopping opportunities and a find a special spot for lunch.  Did you know that they had a tram there? I didn't.  The view from the top is said to be spectacular and not to be missed!

RSVP by August 22: 

  1. Send a check for $10 payable to Kavod Senior Life to: Cynthia Land, 9400 E. Iliff Ave. #384, Denver, CO 80231
  2. Or pay online with a credit card here  

Questions, please contact Cynthia Land, 303-506-8632 



September Dining Event at Brio Tuscan Grill in Cherry Creek

Sunday, September 7, 6:00 PM

RSVP: to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (303) 972-0858




 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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