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Yom Chamishi, 12 Elul 5775

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August 29, 2015 - 14 Elul 5775
Light Candles: 7:18 PM
Shabbat Ends: 8:16 PM 
Torah / Annual Cycle: Deuteronomy 21:10 - 25:19
Torah / Trienniel Cycle: Deuteronomy 23:8 - 24:13
Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1-10

Thursday, August 27:
Chair Yoga, 9:00 AM, Library
Rodef Shalom Book Club, 8:00 PM, at the home of Les & Sherrie Davidson
Saturday, August 29, Heavenly Lemonade, 5:00 PM, Lobby
Sunday, August 30, Annual Picnic, 3:00 PM, Cook Park
Tuesday, September 1:
Minyan on the Move, 6:30 PM, at the home of Barbara & Steve Zimmerman.

Refuah Shlaymah to ...
Maya Ross (daughter of David & Lauren)

Mazel Tov/Congratulations to ...
Terri & Eric Steiner on the marriage of their daughter Abbie to Robert Peek

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! ClickHERE for flyer. 
Annual Auction
auctionCongregation Rodef Shalom is having our annual online auction from November 20 - December 4, 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!
Online Auction Matching Challenge
A Challenge has been offered! In memory of the yahrzeit of Stuart "Sandy Bush", husband of Joann Bush, brother of Gayle Bush, father of Phil (Debi) Bush, and Grandfather of Daniel, Aaron and Isabella, Joann and Gayle have offered to match any gift cards donated during the two week period from Monday, September 21 to Friday, October 2, up to $1,000! Bring or mail your gift cards to the Rodef Shalom office or drop them in the slot box in the coat room. Let's DOUBLE our money!
A vendor letter and donation form to bring to businesses can be found throughout Rodef Shalom and are available to download HERE.
High Holy Day 
News & Reminders

Tickets for all High Holy Day Services are FREE this year to the community! As tickets are required to enter the building, advance reservations are required by emailing the Executive Director, Michele Campbell at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Deeply discounted first year memberships are also available. Information: 303-399-0035.
REMINDER: Etrog and Lulav order forms are due back in the office by September 3.
New Member Spotlight

Dr. Terry Grossman believes that the medical use of stem cells along with quickly advancing nanotechnology will change human life expectancy dramatically.  He's written about his theory of "radical life extension" in three acclaimed books -The Baby Boomer's Guide to Living ForeverFantastic Voyage; and Transcend: 9 Steps to Living Well Forever.  Terry is quite certain that his two very young grandchildren will grow up in a time period where living well to 130 years of age will be commonplace.  Growing up in Miami, Terry developed a profound love for Conservative Judaism, learning to lead services at a very young age and often pushing his parents towards more observance.  At one point he thought he might become a Rabbi but during high school and later, college at Brandeis University, he decided he was more suited for science.  Before pursuing his medical degree at the University of Florida, Terry "took a break from the routine" and moved in 1970 to a Hippie farming commune in southern Colorado, living out the Woodstock experience for the better part of a decade.  Like his father, he helped support himself during those years as a medical supply salesman.  Then it was off to medical school and back to Colorado where he set up his practice in Granby.  Working with a wide-range of patients, Terry developed an interest in holistic medicine and issues of aging.  In 1995 he established the Grossman Wellness Center in Golden, Colorado which now attracts patients from all over the world.   In addition to studying and writing about anti-aging and wellness, Dr. Grossman frequently travels internationally, teaching, lecturing and supervising anti-aging programs.  Every three months he spends time at Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, a medical tourist destination hospital primarily for people from the Middle and Far East, where he serves as International Medical Director.    Terry's connection to Judaism in Denver had been primarily at Temple Emanuel and Temple Sinai though he was a member at Rodef for a short time.  He says he had drifted away from Judaism after his divorce and reconnected about a year ago when his father died and he decided to say Kaddish as often as he could.  He realized that he wanted to be more connected and decided to try J Date to find a companion who shared his Jewish commitment.  He soon connected with Rodef Shalom member Eileen Lowey and has been a regular at our services ever since. You'll find Terry sitting with Eileen in the third row in front of Rabbi Gerson's pulpit.  Stop by and welcome him to our community.
Congratulations on Another Great Season!
Our Rodef Shalom softball team members from this year's Denver Jewish Softball League.
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.
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.
Tot Shabbat
Calling All Families and Kid's Who Love Shabbat and of Course our Feather Friend T'Fillah Toucan. This Shabbat and Every Shabbat 11:15 AM at Rodef Shalom. Join a great group of friends and family for the Highest Rated Tot Shabbat in Denver (Voted on by a a highly scientific Gallup Poll of course). Bring your Fun, Bring Your Friends, Bring Your Noise, Bring Your Jungle Adventure. Be Ready for a Super Shabbat Story!
Heavenly Lemonade
Saturday, August 29, 5:00-6:00 PM, Lobby
This program is the summer equivalent of the End of Shabbat Shmooze. Lemonade and treats will be served. Our topic this month will be Dual Loyalty, an issue that has cropped up as a challenge for American Jews numerous times since the founding of the State of Israel, and has once again manifested itself in the context of the Iran Nuclear Agreement that awaits Congressional review. RSVP to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
S'lichot Text Study & Service
Saturday night, September 5, 7:30 PM
B'nai Havurah, 6445 E Ohio Ave # 600, Denver, CO 80224
Joint Havdallah, Text Study & S'lichot program with Rodef Shalom & B'nai Havurah. Join us as our combined communities eat, study and sing S'lichot together in preparation for the High Holy Days. We will discuss the communal Vidui/Confession "al het" - what we can learn from it? How do our own personal shortcomings affect the groups we live and work in?  What are our obligations to the "other", and what happens when we fall short?
  • 7:30 PM: Se'udah Sh'lishit (light nosh of tea, nuts and sweets)
  • 8:00 PM: Havdallah - bidding goodbye to Shabbat and welcoming the new week.
  • 8:15 PM: Text Study & Discussion
  • 9:15 PM:  Selichot Service & Hebrew Kirtan jointly led by Rabbi Evette, Rabbi Gerson, Hal Aqua & Cantor Saul Rosenthal.
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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 unfamiliar- outside of the sanctuary, there are toy bags available for kids to bring into services on Shabbat and Holidays. Heather Oginsky created them a few years ago and they need some additions and some reorganization.
There are two ways to help us with updating the toy bags: 
  1. Carolyn Shulman, Emily Menkis, and Meredith Levy plan to get those together this coming Monday, August 31, 9 am-10:15 AM. Please let us know if you would like to join us. 
  2. We'd like some additional donations of items for the toy bags. Items should be Shabbat friendly and not make noise. Ideas include books, magnetic puzzles, magnetic dressup like this, quiet water games like this , etc.
Toy Bag additions from you can be dropped off this week at Rodef and feel free to put in Zahava's cubby (next to the last preschool door).
Shabbat Babysitting Services
Babysitting Services are now available at Congregation Rodef Shalom from 9:30 am - noon during Shabbat Services in the first Preschool Classroom.  Please come and join us!
Please be considerate of others and refrain from using scented products when coming to pray.

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

Community Events
Fall Classes at CAJE
Classes include exploration of the afterlife, becoming a better person, and the book of numbers. For more information, visit
A Jewish Response to Addiction & Recovery
We are pleased to announce that we are starting to offer All Inclusive weekly addiction support groups for individuals and their families suffering from addictions. 
Weekly meetings:
  • Thursdays at Temple Sinai, 7:00 PM
  • Tuesdays at BMH/BJ , 7:00 PM
  • Tuesdays at Har Ha Shem Narcotics Anonymous, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
  • Monday at Har Ha Shem Overeaters Anonymous, 12-1:30 PM
For information please call Betsy 720 941 2655 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Opa! A Night of Soulful Sounds from Athens to Jerusalem featuring Sherefe & The Boulder Klezmer Consort
The Jewish Genealogical Society Trip to
National Archives at Denver
Wednesday, September 9, 10:15 AM,
17101 Huron St, Broomfield
Click HERE for details. 
National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Annual Paid-up Membership Luncheon,
Wednesday, September 9, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM, Rodef Shalom
Entertainment will be provided by Mark W. Zalkin, M. Ed., MSW. In addition to an entertainer, Zalkin is the principal trainer and coach with Zalkin Coaching and Training (ZCT), a Denver-based leadership/management training and coaching organization. The luncheon will be catered by Mark
Denver Jewish Bowling League
League Bowl Begins Thursday, September 10, 6:30 PM, AMF Monaco Lanes (Leetsdale & Monaco)
Be a part of an exciting MIXED LEAGUE forming NOW in Denver! For more information or to register by phone, call: Shel at 720-291-5500 or Ed at 720-480-9079. Click HERE for Flyer.
COLORADO REMEMBER 9/11 Commemoration & Event
Thursday, September 10, 7:00 PM, Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center 
Join Governor Hickenlooper & Mayor Hancock at this event featuring MSNBC's Host of Hardball, Chris Matthews debating Race for the White House & Its Impact on National Security with the dynamic powerhouse duo The Hon. Haley Barbour (R) & Donna Brazile (D). Reserve Tickets HERE  & APPLY promo code FREEDOM911.
Kavod on the Road presents...
The Age of Love
A film screening with Q&A with the Director followed by a dessert reception
Wednesday, September 30, 2:00 PM, JCC's Elaine Wolf Theatre, 350 S. Dahlia St. Denver, 80246
Tickets available for $10 online at
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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