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Yom Shishi, 30 Tishri 5775

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October 23 - October 29,  2014 eNews

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






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Rodef Shalom Book Club 

Thursday, October 23, 7:30 PM, Home of Marilyn and Paul Bogan
A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn. No charge. Please RSVP to office to indicate interest.







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Rodef Shalom Sisterhood

Membership Drive
The Rodef Sisterhood board has put together a wonderful and varied calendar of activities for the year and all women are encouraged to join, get involved in making new friends, strengthen current friendships and enjoy a sense of community.   Questions?  Contact Judy Aster (303) 907-0872.  Send in your $25 membership fee (payable to "Rodef Sisterhood") today and get in on the fun.

October 24th: Sisterhood is planning Shabbat dinners in member's homes on Friday, October 24th.   There's no better way to get to know some of your fellow Sisterhood members than by sharing a Shabbat meal in a member's home.  Enjoy wonderful conversation and spiritual enrichment by participating in this event for Sisterhood members.  Contact Judy Aster by October 19th to sign up: (303) 907-0872.

Saturday, October 25, 9:30 AM




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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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

Shir Rodef
Our congregation's music ensemble, soon will resume rehearsals for our musically accompanied services and special events in 5775.  If you are interested in joining the vocal section of the ensemble, please be in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. this month at or 303-748-4815.  We are especially in need of tenors and sopranos.

Many of you synagogue regulars have probably noticed that there has been a revival of joyful celebration and community building at Kiddush lately.  This has been largely due to the return of quality spirits to the social hall.  A select group of congregants have taken upon themselves to lead this revival by donating a favorite alcoholic beverage to share with their friends and congregants during Kiddush. These communal L'chaims are an important part of our heritage as well as helping to build the relationships and community that makes Rodef such a special place.  So if you are at Kiddush, please head over to the table, bring a few friends, and say a toast for your community.  Those of us who have helped get this initiative started would love if you would join in the spirit of sharing your favorite spirits. You can donate on a regular schedule or in honor of a particular simcha.  A cash donation is acceptable and the synagogue will procure the spirits for you, a suggested dollar amount is $50. There are a few kashrut restrictions, so all selections have to be approved by Mark Millenson.  We would like to thank our initial sponsoring families: Brachfeld, Levy(Ben and Meredith), Merenstein, Ogin, Oginsky, Steibel, a few other anonymous donors.

See you at Kiddush, L'chaim!

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with any questions.

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.


Community Events 



Bonding With Your Jewish Baby: An Infant Massage & Communication Course
Thursdays, October 16 to November 13, 6:00 PM, B'nai Havurah 

“So much more than your average Infant Massage Course!” Melita Schwartz combines a Parenting Course, Bonding, Communication, and Massage Class all in one. The class is taught in a group environment that allows for deeper connections with your baby, your partner, and other Jewish parents. You will learn to massage your baby’s whole body: preventing colic, increasing weight-gain, increasing length and quality of sleep for you and the baby and much more! But, perhaps, most importantly, you will learn what those little sounds and big cries mean as your baby attempts to communicate with you.

This class is taught as a five week series on Thursdays from 6 to 7:30pm. Par-ents and their babies up to 12 months of age and adopted children up to age 7 are welcome. Melita Schwartz is a Certified Educator of Infant Massage through the International Association of Infant Massage and has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2007. Cost for the course is $175. Use your dis-count and receive $100 off the price of the course!

Click here to register.



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If you are interested in potentially converting to Judaism or you just want to brush up on Judaism- this is the perfect series for you!  You will have the opportunity to learn with Rabbis from the Reconstructionist, Reform, Conservative and Orthodox Movements! We will cover the history of the Jewish people, the holidays, Zionism & the State of Israel, and Lifecycle events- to name just a few classes.  The series will help you to discover the meaning and teachings of Judaism in a fun and interactive way. Our attendance policy is very flexible for busy adults and scholarships are available!  Please call Betsy Epel 720 941 2655 or email her at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .




Presents Neil Lazarus "Talking Israel" 


Thursday, October 23, Temple Sinai
Adult Community Program, 5:30 PM
  • How can Israel solve the problem of Hamas and Gaza?
  • Is ISIS a new global threat?
  • Is the Middle East collapsing?
High School Program, 7:30 PM
  • Discover the workings of the media.
  • Can you believe what you are seeing?
  • How can you make a difference using Social Media?
 RSVP appreciated to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 303-951-0272.
October 24, 8:30 AM, Temple Emanuel
Israel Advocacy Seminar for Jewish Professionals. FREE with suggested donation of $18. Bagel breakfast included. RSVP required to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Oct. 20th at or 303-951-0272.




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Mizel Museum Hosts Thomas Friedman: Tickets On Sale Now

As part of its new focus on The Power of Place, the Mizel Museum will present Pulitzer Prize winning author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who will speak about the importance of place in a global context. Sunday, October 26, 2014 (7 pm), at the Seawell Ballroom in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. General Admission tickets are $60/person. Also available: have dinner with Thomas Friedman. Information at



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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