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Yom Shabbat, 11 Shevat 5775

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January 29 - February 4, 2015

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


Beshallach - Shabbat Shirah
Jan. 31, 2015 - 11 Sh'vat 5775                                                                          

Light Candles:   4:59pm      

Shabbat Ends:   6:00pm

Torah / Annual Cycle: Exodus  13:17 - 17:16  

Torah / Triennial Year 2: Exodus  14:15 - 16:10   

Haftarah:  Judges   4:4 - 5:31

Soup and More Soup!

"Soup's On" was a great success, but we still have more soup! Many delicious varieties are still available. If you were unable to purchase soup during the promotion THIS IS YOUR CHANCE! 
Contact Mark Millenson at 720 839-7383.

Rodef Shalom Yoga Class

Thursday Evenings,  6:00 PM, Lobby

Come try it out and let your stress melt away!
Click here for more information.


Friday & Saturday, January 30 - 31, Rodef Shalom

Experience a musical/magical Shabbat Shira weekend and Synagogue 2000 reunion, January 30-31, with our guest scholar and music educator, Merri Arian. Join Merri, Cantor Saul and Shir Rodef for Kabbalat Shabbat services at 6:15 and enjoy all your favorite melodies and a few new ones Merri is bringing with her. Following services we will join together for Shabbat dinner ($36 for adults; $20 for children - reservations required). On Saturday morning Merri will share some insights about the role of music in prayer during our Shabbat services beginning at 9:30 a.m.  We'll mark the end of Shabbat with a free Margarita Happy Hour and Havdalah and a lively Kumsitz (Jewish Hootenany), all beginning at 6 p.m. For Shabbat dinner reservations and babysitting reservations contact Brenda by noon on January 26 at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or 303-399-0035. 

Click here for more details.

Special thanks to the sponsors of this event: Dr. Richard and Helene Martin, Cantor Saul and Debbie Rosenthal, Andrew and Laurie Brock, Sheila and Bob Hyatt, Spero & Company Consultants. LLC, Allan Kantrowitz and Judy Aster, Dr. Jeff and Rabbi Birdie Becker, Benson & Case, LLP Attorneys at Law, David and Laura Cher, Candy Figa, Rabbi Sara and Michael Gilbert, Audrey and Donald Gilden, Debbie Ginsburg, Jeff and Della Levy, Larry Englander and Leslie Moldauer, Ruth Malman and Michael Opatowski, Stuart and Robin Pack, Rabbi Sandy and Ben Cohen, Ray Merenstein and Ilana Steinberg, Steve and Barbara Zimmerman, Mark Abzug and Mary Fabrikant.

Kabbalat Shabbat @ Home 

Friday, February 6, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, at the home of Debi & Phil Bush


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.  Questions?  Contact Fran Cohen at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

Tu B'Shevat Seder

Sunday, February 8, 10:30 AM to Noon, Rodef Shalom


Please join us as we celebrate the New Year of the Trees with a festive and delicious seder while enjoying the fruits of the tree. Among other things, the seder is a great way to appreciate the bounty that we so often take for granted, and to develop a good and generous eye for the world around us. Open to young and old alike.  Come enjoy the many wonderful and varied tastes of Tu B'Shevat! $8.00 per person, payable to Rodef Shalom. 

Presented by Rodef Shalom and Rodef Shalom Sisterhood, in cooperation with the Jewish Disabilities Network, LEA Hadassah and the Denver Chapter of Hadassah. 

Advance reservations no later than Monday, February 2, 2015. Call 303-399-0035.

End of Shabbat Shmooze
Saturday, February 14 (5:15 PM-6:15 PM), Rodef Shalom Lobby

Join this lively end to Shabbat with Rabbi Gerson. Meet in the Rodef Shalom Lobby for light refreshments, and conclude with Havdallah approximately one hour later. Topics of conversation will change monthly. Free and open to all. We look forward to your participation! Information: 303-399-0035 

Rodef Shalom Online Auction
Rodef Shalom is having our Annual Online Auction with lots of great items to bid on. You can check out the auction site NOW HERE and start planning for the items you can't live without! Bidding starts on Sunday, February 15th and will end on Sunday, March 1st, one hour after a final "silent" auction at Rodef Shalom through the Purim Shpiel.  Please share the auction with your friends and family through Facebook and social media.

A Tour of the "Grace After Meals" Prayer
February 18 & 25 (7:00 PM-8:30 PM), Rodef Shalom  Library

 Take a tour with Rabbi Gerson through the hallowed words of Birkat HaMazon, our liturgy for the conclusion of festive meals. We shall examine the structure and history, while learning the tunes for its various sections. We shall also enjoy some tasty breads and spreads that will afford us the opportunity to fulfill the mitzvah to "bentch" at the end of each session. Call (303) 399-0035 for more information.

  • Minimum of seven participants needed
  • $18 suggested donation to cover costs of materials and snacks 

Shabbat Tables  
Friday, February 20 (6:30 PM), Various Locations

"Shabbat Tables" is an opportunity to get to enjoy Shabbat with others in our Rodef Shalom community in an enjoyable, comfortable and easy setting.  It combines the traditional blessings of Shabbat and no formal service.  Hosts are paired with guests who express in interest in attending. The host provides the main dish. The guests are given food assignments. The Rabbi provides the hosts with a topic for discussion. This topic becomes the focal point of the dinner discussion.  The evening's highlights are really getting to know one another outside of the synagogue's four walls.

For our next Shabbat Tables we want to increase participation by including YOU!  If you were a host before and might like to be a guest, or if you were a guest and would consider being a host this time, we would love to hear from you!  If you would like to participate in any way, you will not be sorry.  We are also looking for another person or two to help coordinate this program along with Fran Cohen.  Please let us know if you can help, or if you would like to participate by contacting Fran Cohen at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   

Be an active participant in the Rodef Shalom community by saying you will share Shabbat on February 20th!  Let's see how close to 100% participation we can get! 

2nd Annual Denver Community Purim Shpiel
Sunday, March 1, 4:00 PM, Rodef Shalom

You and your family are invited to the 2nd annual Denver Community Purim Shpiel on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 4pm.  "When You Wish Upon a Shpiel" is a hilarious and original rendition of the telling of the traditional Purim Story. It is for all ages with appearances by many many familiar characters (and a few surprises too)! It will again be performed at Congregation Rodef Shalom, 450 S. Kearney Street, Denver.

Anyone wanting to volunteer to assist with stage sets or help on the day of the event should contact Michael Raizen ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Leah Peer ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Life Line Screening ~ Health Screening Event

Tuesday, March 10, 9: 00 AM, Rodef Shalom Social Hall


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 heartbeat 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 click here.

Sunday, March 15, 2:30 PM-6:30 PM, Rodef Shalom & Mizel Museum Building


There will be 7 great presenters to choose from. Register here, or mail your check for $25 made out to Mizel Museum, memo line: Expressions of the Soul) to Mizel Museum, 400 S. Kearney St., Denver 80224.

Registration closes on March 6. Questions about registration? Call Georgina at 303-749-5014.

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.

Get Involved
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.

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

Choices Table Captain

I am honored to be a table captain for the upcoming Choices Event for women to be held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown, 1550 Court Place on Thursday, February 26th at 6 p.m.  I would love to fill a table (or two) of Rodef Shalom members!  Dinner and drinks will be served.  Felice Friedson, the President and CEO of Media Line, Ltd. will be the keynote speaker.  Please let me know if you would like to join me!  You may contact me directly HERE or RSVP directly to 303-316-6484 and then let me know you will sit with me!  Thank you!  It will be a wonderful event!

Choices is the major annual fundraising event for Jewish Colorado, formerly the Allied Jewish Federation. Jewish Colorado provides support and funding for many Jewish Organizations, for Israel and is also there in times if need for the secular community. I have gone the last couple of years and it's so exciting to share a lovely and inspiring evening with 1,300 Jewish women!!! A wonderful and fun opportunity to support an amazing organization, to give tzedaka where it will really make a difference, to make new friends, to network and to be inspired by your Jewish sisters! There is a suggested donation of $200.00 although more is welcome of course! But, if $17.00 a month is easier that is an option. Jewish Colorado once helped me personally in a time of need and I am honored to give back! Hope you will join me!


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. 

Good and Welfare


Refuah Shlayma to ...

Elliott Magalnick, Sharee Zeff


Thursday, February 26, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Sheraton Denver Downtown

Click HERE for more information.

Please consider designating a pledge to Rodef Shalom at the event.  

It would be most appreciated and will go a long way!




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!

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 Click here to find out more about "USY Youth Trips to Israel".


Annual Soup Cookoff and Dinner

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 6:00 PM, Christ King Catholic Church
Click here for more information.


Jewish Baby University Events
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 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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Yom Shabbat, 11 Shevat 5775


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