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






Sunday, November 1, 2:00 AM




Jaam Fest Scholar in Residence
Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 PM
Book Talk: “The Future of the Jewish Past”
Philips Social Hall, JCC

Wednesday, November 5, 10:15 AM
Text Seminar: “The Past, Present, and Future of Jewish Memory: Reconsidering Holocaust Memory”
Located at the University of Denver, Special Events Room, Anderson Academic Commons (AAC 290) 2150 E. Evans Ave

Thursday, November 6, 10:30 AM
Text Seminar: “Jewish Identity in a Boundary-less Age”
Board Room, JCC

Advanced registration is required for seminars. Please call
(303) 316-6360 or online to purchase a ticket

Cost:  $18 per event or $36 for all 3 events
(full time students with a valid ID are free with advanced registration) 


Jews Around The World

Cultural Influences of Sephardic Food

Sunday, November 9, 11:00 AM
In conjuction with Kavod On The Road and Rodef Shalom with Yaffa Hanouna, of Yaffa's Savory. The program will include light refreshments. $3.00 suggested donation accepted. RSVPs strongly encouraged so that we may plan accordingly. Drop-ins welcome!


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Shabbat With a Backbeat

Saturday, November 15, 9:30 AM, Social Hall
Musical Shabbat Service with Cantor Saul and Shir Rodef in the Social Hall. This family-friendly service features all the traditional prayers accompanied by the musicians and singers of Shir Rodef. A simultaneous Shacharit Service without instrumental accompaniment will take place in the Library with Rabbi Gerson, at the outset of the morning, before the two Services will converge for the Torah and Haftarah readings at approximately 10:15. The morning will conclude with parallel services for Musaf, and then Kiddush in the Lobby. 


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Jews and Sustainability:
Seizing the Moment(um)

Sunday, November 16, 3:00 PM, Social Hall

Your presence and your voice are invited to an event of importance and timeliness ...

Members of Colorado's Jewish Community who feel a sense of urgency about our changing climate and the needless erosion of our natural world

A conversation that will …

  • Explore the connection between nature and our Jewish identity

  • Discover how that moves us toward both individual and collective action as Jews who care about preserving Creation.

We owe it to our children and grandchildren ... to afford them not only a beautiful habitat, but the basic necessities of clean air and water.

This event, made possible by a grant from HAZON, is organized by Colorado Interfaith Power and Light and will be facilitated by Jody Gold of VisionLink & The Beacon Group.

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by Monday, November 11.


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Lifeline Screening Day

Wednesday, November 19, 9:00 AM, Social Hall

Congregation Rodef Shalom is pleased to offer a preventive health event.  Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings on 11/19/2014. 

Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis.

Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount).  All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. 

In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or online.

Information:  303-399-0035


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Shabbat Beginnings:
Welcoming Shabbat With Spirit and Song

Friday, November 21, 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. Free and open to the community.


Get Involved



 Now that your ballots have arrived, here's a friendly reminder to ...



November 4, 2014


What we do, or don't do, on Election Day will define 
our character, as a community and as a nation!


 And, don't forget about the Rabbi's Challenge to take a selfie with your ballot!



The Chesed Team Needs YOU! 

Please volunteer to help fellow members in times of need (such as illness, a death in the family, a new baby), by providing meals, visiting, offering rides, running errands, and helping in other ways.  When you sign up, you can specify which kinds of help you are able to provide.  We will only contact you when that kind of need arises, and then you can help out as your schedule allows.  It's so easy to be part of the Chesed team, and you can make such a difference.  Join us by clicking here.



Perpetually Perplexed Purim Players Looking For A Passle Of Pretenders

Have you always wanted to perform on stage or off? Have you always thought of yourself as the next-to-last comic standing?  Can you sing in the shower?  Are you capable of playing the radio?  This is your big break! In preparation for Purim 5775, the Perpetually Perplexed Purim Players are expanding their ranks and would like YOU to play a role in the next Community Purim Shpiel.  

Any and all talents, ages, and abilities are welcome, although the ability to play well with others is preferred.   Auditions will be held on Sunday, December 7th, 2014, at 4:00 pm at Congregation Rodef Shalom, 450 S. Kearney St, Denver.  Rodef Shalom has graciously offered to host the Purim Shpiel once again.  


Rehearsals begin on January 11, 2015 and will be held weekly on Sunday afternoons.  The curtain rises at 4:00 pm on March 1st at Congregation Rodef Shalom.  There is no charge to attend!


For more information, please contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 303-961-4998 or Michael Raizen, 303-548-4061


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.

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

Weinberg Food Pantry

Rodef Shalom contribution 29 pounds of food in September. Your gift ensures that families facing hunger and crisis in our community receive the supplemental food they need to get through difficult times. Thanks for your generous support.

Jewish Family Service


Dear Rodef families,


Our son, Zehariah, is preparing for his Bar Mitzvah in June of 2015 and he has setup his Bar Mitzvah charity project.  He is raising money to create pillowcases and super hero capes for children in the hospital.  Please visit the webpage he created and consider donating:


If you're interested in volunteering to help construct the pillowcases and capes - washing fabric, ironing, cutting fabric, and sewing them (no sewing experience needed) - please just contact Heather at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Zehariah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Thanks in advance for considering making a donation or volunteering for the cause.

 Marcus and Heather Oginsky

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 ...

Sandy Gorkin on the Bat Mitzvah of her daughter Alyssa

Tom & Diane Loughlin on the marriage of their daughter Heather to Steve Kessler
Mike Weinberg on being last week's "Guess Who" in the Intermountain Jewish News


Condolences to ...

Irv Borenstein on the passing of his father, Harry

Alan Katz, Robert Katz, Simona Katz Yuffa on the passing of their uncle, Morris Katz (brother of the late Isadore Katz)


Refuah Shlaymah to ...

Suzanne Shapiro

Lottie Stark

Community Events 


Jewish Gender Journeys
November 6, 6:30 PM, Temple Sinai

In the month of November, we recognize Transgender Day of Remembrance-a day in which we remember all of the gender non-conforming and transgender individuals who were murdered in the past year. Sadly, the list of deaths is still quite long and many of us are actively working to end transgender bias and transphobia. One of the ways we can do this is hearing the stories and voices of the people who live a transgender or gender variant experience every day. This panel will be comprised of a transgender man, transgender woman, an intersex individual, a genderqueer individual, and the parent of a transgender individual. Each will have time to tell us their story and then we will have time for a Q & A following the panel.

This is a great event for parents and family members of LGBT individuals. The parent on the panel, Jackie Hoffman, will be sharing her experience of being a parent to a bisexual daughter who now identifies along the transgender spectrum. Jackie is also one of the Point Parents on the Keshet Parent & Family Connection Colorado team. Any family members of LGBTQI individuals are more than welcome to join our network of parents and families.


Refreshements will be served.

More information click here



Pumpkin Patch
Until October 31
Central Christian Church
Weekdays from 3:00 - 6:30 PM and Weekends 9:00 - 6:30 PM

We are still in need of volunteers for the remaining sale days. Sign Up


Dedication Ceremony
November 18, 5:30 PM, 15136 E. Andrews Drive, #4

Thanks to the Rodef Shalom volunteers at this past summer's build dates of a 2-story, 3 bedroom townhouse in the Sable Ridge development, a single mother and her four daughters, ages 5 to 15 years, are so excited to move in to their new home. Everyone is invited to attend and share in this experience as the family receives the keys to their new home. Following the ceremony, there will be socializing, tours of the home and light food/beverages. 


Habitat Soup Cook-Off
January 31, 2015, 6:00 PM, Christ the King Catholic Church

We will be needing soup chefs and volunteers, as well as congregation members and friends, to share the meal and enjoy the entertainment. More information will be forthcoming about the details of this event.

Contacts: Janet Smith, (303) 755-4333 or Leslie Tjarks, (303) 220-0189


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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