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April 25, 2015 - 6 Iyyar 5775 
Light Candles: 7:29 pm 
Shabbat Ends: 8:30 pm
Torah: Leviticus  12:1 - 15:33 
Torah / Trienniel Cycle: 
Leviticus  13:40 - 14:32 
Haftarah: Second Kings 7:3-20
APRIL 23 - APRIL 29...
Thursday, April 23:
Rodef Shalom Book Club, 7:30 PM, Home of Barbara Steve Zimmerman
Friday, April 24:

Shabbat Beginnings, 6:15 PM, Lobby 
 Sunday, April 26:

The Alzheimer's Rollercoaster, 1:30 PM, Lobby 

More Rodef Shalom Events


Condolences to ...

Marvin (Marlene) Feldman

on the death of his uncle, Ben Zuckerman


Mazel Tov to ...

Seymour & Muffy Joseph

on the birth of their granddaughter, Clara Esther (daughter of Rebecca)


GOOD SCENTS - Please be considerate of others and refrain from using scented products when coming to pray.


Enews: April 23 - April 29

 Rodef Shalom Annual Event

Thursday, May 7, 5:30 PM, Rodef Shalom
L'Dor V'Dor: Celebrating Families Through the Generations
Honoring the Multi-Generational Involvement of
The Merenstein/Steinberg Family
Bonnie, Ray, Ilana and Children
The Feldman/Richardson Family
Marvin, Marlene, William, Lisa, Shawn, Courtney,
Scott, Juli and Children

Family Friendly, Informal and Fun!
Dinner and Concert
Kosher Dietary Laws Observed 
Business Casual Dress

Please RSVP NOW for this very special event. 

Remember to include in your email the number of tickets (adults, kids or family), names of the people in your party and if you will mail a check to Rodef Shalom or call the office with a credit card.  

RSVP deadline: April 23, 2015  

Dinner and Concert Tickets:

  • $54 Adults
  • $36 kids (ages 4 and up)
  • $150 Maximum family rate for parents and children living at home

The evening includes:

  • The opportunity to honor and show our appreciation and admiration for two wonderful families of our congregation. 
  • Musical entertainment from all generations
  • Amazing Live Auction items
  • A relaxed, family style Lag B'Omer dinner
Rodef Shalom Book Club
Thursday, April 23, 7:30 PM
Barbara and Steve Zimmerman will be hosting Rodef Shalom Book Club to discuss "An Officer and a Spy" by Robert Harris. There is no charge. Call (303) 399-0035 to RSVP.
Welcoming Shabbat with Spirit and Song
Friday, April 24, 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. Transliteration pamphlets will be available for full inclusion. Free and open to the community. Information: 303-399-0035.
The Alzheimer's Rollercoaster: Life and Laughter on the Alzheimer's Journey
Sunday, April 26, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, Rodef Shalom
Congregation Rodef Shalom and the Alzheimer's Association of Colorado invite you to a unique Alzheimer's educational program designed for caregivers, family members and professionals. Learn how to access education and support from various resources. There is no cost to attend. Please RSVP to Rosalyn Reese at the Alzheimer's Association at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 303-813-1669 ext. 209. 
Click HERE for more details.

Gateway to Jewish Prayer
12 week course begins 

Monday, May 4th, 7:15 PM, Rodef Shalom
 Perfect your reading while learning the prayers said most often at home and in the synagogue.

Instructor:  Marlene Richter. Cost:  $50.00 per person payable directly to Marlene Richter. Information & RSVP:  303-353-9525.


Shabbat With a Backbeat
Musical Shabbat Service with Cantor Saul and Shir Rodef, Saturday, May 9, Sanctuary
Join Cantor Saul and Shir Rodef for this lively celebration of Shabbat morning prayer in the sanctuary. Enjoy melodies and ruach (spirit) similar to what we shared during Shabbat Shira weekend in the comfort and warmth of our sanctuary. A parallel service without musical accompaniment will be available and attendees at the two services will join together as one community for the sermon, Torah reading and Haftorah.

Shavuot Retreat

Friday, May 22 through Tuesday, May 26, Ramah in the Rockies
Join Ramah Outdoor Adventure, Bonai Shalom (Boulder), Hebrew Educational Alliance (Denver), and Rodef Shalom (Denver) for a family-friendly Shavuot Retreat at the beautiful Ramah in the Rockies ranch. Click here for more information and registration.
A View in the Soul of Modern Israel: Travel to Israel with Rabbi Gerson
November 22 to December 2, 2015
Rabbi Bernard Gerson, spiritual leader and teacher at Rodef Shalom has created a unique journey to Israel which explores the very essence of the country from the vantage point of its residents. The trip will take us far beyond the purview of a conventional tour of Israel as we gain insight into Israel's Jewish identity, economy, culture, the army, Jerusalem, the settlements, Arab-Jewish relations and more.
Cost: $2700 per person, based upon double occupancy, for land tour (includes all breakfasts and many meals) plus Airfare. You are free to arrange your own air itinerary, using frequent flier miles, or accompany Rabbi Gerson on a flight itinerary designed by his travel consultant (approximately $1350, round trip). In addition, travel insurance is strongly recommended. Registration is now open. For a full copy of the itinerary and any questions, please contact Rabbi Gerson at (303) 322-0150; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
InvolvedGet Involved
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.
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.
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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.

Events outside of Rodef Shalom are listed for your information and are not necessarily endorsed by Rodef Shalom.

communityCommunity Events


The building of our 14th Habitat home is in full swing. Our Habitat Interfaith Alliance is sponsoring one unit in a 5-plex at 939 Mariposa.  It's a great location - an easy walk from the light rail station at 10th and Osage.  Rodef Shalom is scheduled to build on two Sundays: April 26th with Temple Micah and HEA, and June 28th with B'nai Havurah and HEA.  It's a great opportunity to put your good will into action.  Your children 16 and older are also eligible to participate with you.  We hope to see you on one of those days.  Lunch will be provided for the hardworking builders!  You can sign up at or through our website If your schedule allows, you may sign up to build in any of the open slots on other days.  Our 11th Annual Habitat for Humanity Golf Classic will take place on June 1, 2015 at Glenmoor Country Club.  Details are available on the website.  Please call Janet Smith or Leslie Tjarks if you have questions.  Your support for these events is greatly appreciated.

In the Image: A Jewish Take on Human Rights 

Thursday, April 23, 7:00 PM, Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street Denver, CO 80220

Featuring Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Executive Director of Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, Sharon Abraham-Weiss, Executive Director of The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and Rabbi Brian Immerman, Assistant Rabbi, Temple Emanuel. Presented by J Street Colorado, New Israel Fund and Americans for Peace Now.  Free of charge.  Reservations can be made at  For additional information:  303-388-5790. 
Jews on the Move: A History of Modern Migration, Presented by David Shneer
April 26, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, JCC in Denver
In 2014, for the first time in history, more than 50% of global Jews live in one state. This happened as a result of modernity and industrialization as the modern era saw hundreds of millions of people move from the places of their parents' birth to those of their grandchildren's births. In this talk, we will explore the trends in Jewish migration, both internal and transcontinental, as we ask about the contemporary Jewish map and where Jews are "moving" to in the future. Open to the public.
Addiction: There is a Jewish Solution
With Guest Speaker Rabbi Mark Borovitz
April 28 7:00 PM, Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St., Denver
Rabbi Borovitz is CEO, Head Rabbi of Beit T'shuvah-a residential treatment center and a supportive, spiritual community that guides individuals and families on a path of living well. They work with people struggling with addictions and other destructive behaviors. They integrate 12 Steps, spirituality, psychotherapy, Jewish teachings and creative arts.
Heart and Soul
Wednesday, May 6, 6:30-9:30 PM, Lone Tree Arts Center

Please join Shalom Care for our Annual Event to benefit nursing home residents who are unable to pay for their care. Featuring music from the era of Motown followed by a dessert reception. Tickets start at $100. or contact Marilyn Bogan at (303) 680-5000.

Kol Nashim

The Women's Choir of the Colorado Hebrew Chorale present: "Woman to Woman"

A benefit concert for the Jerusalem Shelter for Battered Women.

Sunday, June 7, 4:00 PM at Congregation B'nai Chaim, 4716 Coors Lane, Morrison, CO 80465, Featuring Cantor Kim Harris

Thursday, June 11, 7:00 PM, Hebrew Educational Alliance, 3600 S. Ivanhoe St., Denver, CO 80237, Featuring Cantor Martin Goldstein. Minimum $18 donation requested. RSVP to Leah Peer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (303) 766-5324

2015 World Zionist Congress

Your vote can increase the Conservative - Masorti voice at the October World Zionist Congress. Go, click on "vote now," and Vote Mercaz Slate #2! You do NOT have to be Mercaz member to VoteMercaz Slate #2! Any Jewish person with a permanent address in the United States can vote; other communities will be holding their own election.There is a US $10 charge [US $5 for those 18-30] paid to Election America to cover the costs of the election.
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. 
USY Youth Trips to Israel
click here for more information.
Honeymoon Israel
We are partnering with Honeymoon Israel, alongside JEWISHcolorado and the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council to provide a trip to Israel for newlyweds at a highly subsidized rate. Now, before you get excited... there are some rules. It's kind of like birthright for newlyweds. You have to have been married less than 5 years, have at least one Jewish partner, 25-40 years old, and ONE of the partners must have never been to Israel on an organized/peer trip. All that being said, it only costs, all in for two including airfare... $1800! Application open March 1 and close March 31, the trip is October 29 - November 7, 2015. Check it out -
Jewish & Widowed Upcoming Events
Far From Rubies: 
A play about Esther and Mordecai by the Lamont School of Music
Thursday, May 21, 7:30 PM, University of Denver, Lamont School of Music's Newman Center at 2344 E Iliff Avenue 
The story of Esther & Mordecai imagined as a great love story set against the turmoil and intrigue of Ancient Persia. Workshop performance of a world premiere musical by Oscar Sladek. RSVP by April 25th to Ellen Schaeffer  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 303.862.9536. Cost: $10.
Kavod Senior Life Bus Trips:
DU Lamont School of Music Orchestra 
Wednesday, April 28, 6:30 PM
Cost: $10. RSVP by: Friday, April 24
For more information and to RSVP: 
RSVP to Connie Moore at 720.382.7813 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To pay, you can drop off or mail a check payable to 
Kavod Senior Life to:
Kavod Senior Life Activities Department
22 South Adams Street
Denver, CO 80209
2) RSVP and pay online with a credit card here.

J&W Travel Group
Are you interested in group travel with other J&W members and friends? Sherry Goodman has organized an incredible trip to Dubrovnik and would love for you to join!
Dubrovnik & Beyond from the Adriatic to the Alps (visiting Croatia: Dubrovnik, Split, Opatija; Slovenia: Bled & Ljublijana) - 14 Days, August 2015
For tickets contact Sherry Goodman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 303.972.0858.

Jewish Baby University Events
Click here for listing.
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.

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

Shabbat Times

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