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VaEtchanan / Shabbat Nachamu August 1, 2015 - 16 Menachem Av 5775
Light Candles: 7:55 PM
Shabbat Ends: 8:54 PM
Torah / Annual Cycle: Deuteronomy 3:23 - 7:11 Torah / Trienniel Cycle: Deuteronomy 5:1 - 6:25 Haftarah: Isaiah 40:1-26
JULY 30 - AUGUST 5...

Thursday, July 30:

Chair Yoga, 9:00 AM, Library

Tanakh and Tabloids, 11:00 AM, Library

Saturday, August 1:

Early Torah, 9 - 9:30 AM (at Shulbucks...with Marlene Richter

Tuesday, August 4:

Minyan on the Move, 6:30 PM, at the home of Kay Shaw.

More Rodef Shalom Events


Condolences to ...

Bobbie Rosenberg on the death of his cousin, Jodi Willis.

Rabbi Steve Booth-Nadav on the death of his sister, Barbara Booth.


Gayle Spelts says that towards the end of her career in retail buying and sales ("the career I always wanted") she felt a little like Willie Loman, schlepping her sample cases around from place to place.  Maybe so, but for most of her career she had important positions with high-profile companies including The Limited, Shillito's, Princess Marcella Borghese Cosmetics and Swarovski Jewelry.  A native Ohioan, Gayle moved to Denver in 1981 after a very successful professional career in Columbus and Cincinnati.  While working for Borghese is what brought her to Colorado, it was skiing, camping and the number of days you can play tennis outdoors (without humidity) that convinced her to stay.  That and her marriage to Dick and their common love of Labrador Retrievers.  Today she, Dick and Foster's (the dog) live in Lone Tree where she has been an active volunteer and supporter of the Lone Tree Arts Center since it first opened in 2011.  An avid world traveler, Gayle believes you should spend enough time in a place to really experience it.  She and Dick have traveled throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and a few places in the Far East.  After climbing 27 of Colorado's 14-ers, including Long's Peak, she topped off (literally) her climbing career in 1997 by summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro at 19,340 feet.  Raised in a family with limited Jewish engagement, ("I've always done the High Holy Days and Passover") she shul shopped in Denver for 34 years before joining Rodef Shalom, the synagogue she first encountered during a visit by her parents to Denver in 1986.  Today she belongs to our Sisterhood and Hadassah and has expanded her Jewish contacts through the OLLI classes she found and fell in love with.  Please welcome Gayle Spelts to Rodef Shalom.

Annual Auction
Congregation Rodef Shalom is having our annual online auction from November 20 - December 4, 2015 so there will be items to buy for Chanukah! The auction is a major fundraiser for our congregation. Proceeds will go toward a variety of programs to benefit our Early Childhood Education Center, youth and families. We are asking congregants and friends to help obtain items for the auction by going to your favorite businesses and asking if they will provide a gift certificate. This includes restaurants, beauty salons, other retail establishments and businesses. Click HERE for the cover letter and auction donation form. Please take a moment to download the forms and carry them with you. Please bring or send your gift certificates to the Rodef Shalom office by Monday, November 9th. Your help and support are invaluable to our wonderful Jewish community. THANK YOU!
Early Bird Auction Item - Aug 2 - 14 only!  

Bidding begins soon for two tickets to the Inaugural JCC Sports Hall of Fame Breakfast on Thursday, August 27 at 7:00 am, and we're lucky enough to have John Elway in conversation with us! John will preview the upcoming season and give us his unique view on the Denver Broncos. This event will take place in the Wolf Theatre. The breakfast also showcases the induction of Irv Brown into the JCC Sports Hall of Fame. Irv will be the first of many inductees into our Sports Hall of Fame, as recognition for all he has given to Denver. This incredible auction item has a value of $360.00 (of course, we know it is really priceless)! Go to to check it out and begin bidding on August 1st! What a gift for you, or someone you love! Happy bidding!



Please let the office know if you will need additional tickets for the High Holidays so we can include them in your ticket mailing.  Include the number of tickets, names, and their relationship to you. Email Michele Campbell:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Yoga Classes

Led by Lisa Eller Davis of Tree of Life, Rodef Shalom Library
Wednesdays, 4 - 5:15 PM (for All Levels) 
4 pre-paid classes, $68. Drop-in, $18. 
Thursdays, 9:00 - 10:00 AM (Chair Yoga: Geared toward Senior & Lower Mobility students)
5 pre-paid classes, $70. Drop-in, $15. 
Bring a yoga mat, and a towel or blanket. Open to the community. Information and Registration HERE.
Early Torah
30 minutes of study and discussion during the Shulbucks coffee hour...with Marlene Richter.
Shabbat Under The Stars
Friday, August 7, 7:00 PM, Meditation Garden
Welcome Shabbat this summer with prayer and song in a beautiful setting, with engaging melodies-old and new. All ages welcome. Delicious Oneg Shabbat. For more information contact Cantor Saul, 303-748-4815 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Rabbi's After Kiddush Tish
Saturday, August 8, 12:30 PM, Rodef Shalom Social Hall
Songs, spirit, and study!

Sip & Paint Night
Thursday, August 20, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, Mizel Musuem

Enjoy wine and painting instruction with Boris Shoshensky at the Mizel Museum! Offered to Rodef Shalom members and their guests, this fun evening is limited in size and features very special pricing -$18 - just for us! To see samples of the artists' work, click hereCall 303-749-5014 to reserve your spot or click hereInformation: 303-399-0035.

Smokey Joel's Kosher BBQ
Sunday, August 23, 5:00 - 7:00 PM, Silo Park,
9300 E. Orchard Rd, Greenwood Village, 80111
Enjoy a delicious BBQ and support the family, youth and Shabbat programs at Rodef Shalom, JCC South & JOI. Click HERE for details and the menu.

Rodef Shalom Book Club
Thursday, August 27, 8:00 PM, at the home of Les & Sherrie Davidson
The book selected for the Rodef Shalom Book Club is "Ally" by Michael Oren. There is no charge. Please call 303-399-0035 to indicate interest in attending.

Sunday Picnic in the Park
Sunday, August 30, 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Cook Park Site #1, 7100 E. Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO 80224
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 HERE or by calling the office at 303-399-0035 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!  
We will also be kicking off our 60th Anniversary at this event with special programming!  As part of our program, we will partner with Warren Village, a shelter for single mothers and their children. We are asking for sponsorships from you to purchase items that we will assemble into baskets that will then be delivered to these needy families. Please be generous and come to help fulfill this mitzvah!
Click HERE for Flyer.

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Gift Shop
Do you need wedding, B'nai Mitzvot, holiday ritual and unique gift items? Come to your gift shop! Each purchase is a direct donation to the synagogue. Thank you! - The Barbaras


 Help Rodef Shalom get it's game on. We need 6-8 volunteers for our weekly Sunday Bingo session. Contact Gayle Bush or to sign up, click here.

Plaques and Leaves
Memorialize a loved one and support Congregation Rodef Shalom. 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.
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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.
Toy Bags for Children during Services
For those who are unaware- outside of the main sanctuary at Rodef Shalom there is a rack with a bunch of "toy bags" for children to bring into the sanctuary and stay busy- the bags were made by Heather Oginsky. THANK YOU! If you have items to contribute to the bags or you would like to buy some, contact me for pickup/dropoff.Some good item suggestions include things like: travel size magnadoodle, magnetic tin toys, wooly willy, board books, lacing cards, squishy toys, magnetic paper dolls like this.  Alternatively, you can provide a donation for the Young Families team to purchase some items, use the link for the Tot Shabbat fund and indicate that the gift you should be allocated for toy bag updates.

Newborns in Need

The Rodef Shalom Preschool staff is doing a team build/volunteer activity during their training week at Newborns in Need (Denver Health). We would like to ask for the congregation to bring in items to donate like diapers (newborn sizes) wipes, baby toiletries, onesies, infant clothing, and bottles. All things must be new/unused.

To learn more about Newborns in Need;

All items can be left in the preschool office through August 17. 


Events outside of Rodef Shalom are listed for your information and are not necessarily endorsed by Rodef Shalom.
Community Events
ROCKY MOUNTAIN JEWGRASS returns to the Shady Grove at Four Mile Historic Park (715 S Forest Street) on Wednesday, August 5 for their annual concert.  Gates open at 6 p.m., concert at 6:30 p.m.  Bring chairs/blankets and a picnic dinner (all beverages allowed) and join Saul Rosenthal, Gail deVore, Ben Cohen and Eric Roberts for a fun evening of Jewgrass music including many new songs along with your favorites.  Tickets only at the gate: $10 ($7 for Swallow Hill members, seniors and those arriving by bicycle); $2 kids 12 and under; 2 and under are free.
Stumpy's Stampede 5K/10K Trail Run
Sunday, August 9, JCC Ranch Camp, Elbert Colorado
Join us for the JCC Ranch Camp's Stumpy Stampede 5K/10K Trail Run (and Mac-a-Dash Fun Run!) located in beautiful Elbert, Colorado.  From running through stunning treed meadows, surrounded by wildflowers on dirt road and track, to tie-dying your race shirt, otter pops as you cross the finish line, and jogging past horses and cabins - your memories of summer camp, whether you last attended a week ago or 30 years, will come flooding back! Oh, and did we mention the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup at the finish line?  Proceeds for the race go to support camper scholarships! Learn more about Stumpy's Stampede at, and use the promo code, stumpysstampedepromo to save $ on your entry fee!

The Jewish Women's Theatre Company presents...Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sunday, August 16, Two performances 1:00 and 3:00 PM, Logan School Theater, 1005 Yosemite St. Denver.  

Tickets are going fast, so we're strongly encouraging advance reservations for either the 1:00 or 3:00 show. If you would like to make a reservation, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  directly. 

Click HERE for Flyer


Hazon Colorado 2015 Scholarship Opportunities

Hazon offers scholarships to people from the Denver and Boulder areas for multi-day Hazon events happening around the country and in Israel. Get inspired by national programs and like-minded leaders! Click here for more information. 
Jewish Baby University Events
Click here for complete listing of events.

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! Enroll here.

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