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Executive Director & Staff


Josh, a Colorado native, came to Congregation Rodef Shalom from Rose Community Foundation where he was the manager of MazelTogether, a program that connected couples and families with young children to each other and to the Jewish community. He has worked extensively in the Jewish community and nonprofit sector where he has been a youth director, program director, academic advisor, and development associate. Josh has a B.A. in technical journalism from Colorado State University and a masters in nonprofit management from Regis University. He lives in Aurora with his wife, Pamela, and their two kids, Brayden and Dylan.

As Executive Director, Josh is responsible for the overall day-to-day management of the congregation's administration and financial affairs, including supervisory responsibility for the administrative, clerical, maintenance and management staff. The scope of his position includes personnel management, office management, property management, financial management, member relations, and Board of Directors.

 Contact Josh here

Sean Sanford: Clergy & Executive Director Assistant

Sean is a graduate of Georgetown University and has been working in a variety of different fields since moving to Denver. He is in the process of converting to Judaism, and working to elevate our Rodef community is deeply meaningful to him. He is engaged to be married to Victoria Rimney in January.  Sean enjoys the outdoors, movies, reading, multicultural cuisine, and certain nerdy interests. (Keywords: Godzilla, Star Trek, DC superheroes.) 

Contact Sean here.




Jamie began her career in pharmaceutial advertising. After just a few years, she switched her focus to the much more fulfilling work of non-profit marketing. Jamie has worked with NCJW Essex (NJ), JCC MetroWest (NJ), JFS MetroWest (NJ), and Montclair State University's Alexander Kasser Theater.

Jamie attended Ithaca College where she received a B.A. in Art. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Ira,  and two children, Farrah and Aaron. Jamie is grateful to be able to be a virtual addition to Rodef Shalom and the Denver community.

Contact Jamie here



J.R. has been a member of the Rodef staff for over 10 years.  He is responsible for the general cleaning and maintenance of the main synagogue building, school building and the surrounding grounds and setup and breakdown of chairs, tables and other necessary furniture for Rodef events.  J.R. is also a friend to many of the preschool children and families and members who grew up at Rodef.



Education Director & Staff 


Dawn, a New York native, attended college in Jerusalem and at Queens College in Flushing, N.Y. where she obtained a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing with an emphasis on education. She obtained her Preschool Director's Certification from Aurora Community College and has been involved with Jewish Education for over 20 years. She loves being able to reach children at a young age and help instill a passion for learning and Judaism that will hopefully last a lifetime. She is actively involved in the community teaching Hebrew, tutoring children in remedial Hebrew for their B'nei Mitzvahs, leading a Rosh Chodesh teen girls group, being a para chaplain through Jewish Family Service, and volunteering at community events.

As Director of Youth Programming, Dawn's responsibilities include the ECEC (Early Childhood Education Center), Passport to Jewish Learning, Youth Programs such as Kadima and USY, Shabbat and Holiday youth programming and working closely with the young families group.

Contact Dawn here

Caity Blum: Assistant Director of Youth Education & Curriculum and Programs Coordinator

Over the past eighteen years, Caity has worked as a youth advisor and educator. She has worked as a teacher in Rodef Shalom’s preschool for 16 years and is currently Assistant Director of Youth Education and Curriculum & Programs Coordinator. 

Caity creates, promotes, and implements diverse family and community engagement programs; spearheads the preschool garden initiative and oversees the community green team. She mentors Rodef Shalom’s teachers, inspiring them to create an innovative, Reggio inspired, child-forward curriculum. Caity also manages the preschool’s social media presence. 

As a Colorado native, Caity enjoys cooking, reading, travelling with her husband Jesse, and entertaining family and friends. 

Contact Caity here


As Office Manager for Congregation Rodef Shalom, Cate supports day-to-day business operations for the synagogue, preschool and religious school. Her professional acumen includes information systems–development, software rollout and training; content development; proposal writing; and large-scale project leadership/management for national and global corporations.

Past social action opportunities: Urban Peak Denver, Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, International Philanthropic Fair, and Sister Cities International.

Cate holds a master's degree in International and Intercultural Communication from the University of Denver.

Personally, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and the outdoors.

Contact Cate here.

Bethany Friedlander: Curriculum and Program COORDINATOR

Bethany, originally from Southern California, spent her gap year on Nativ in Israel and received her BA from Brandeis in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. She holds a master in Education Administration from Arizona State University.

For as long as she can remember, Bethany has been intimately engaged in Jewish education from the classroom, to youth group, to camp, Israel, and back again to the home. She has had the opportunity to work in a variety of informal and formal Jewish education settings including community Hebrew schools, college campuses, family education and programming in congregations, and most recently with MazelTogether. She currently is in a fellowship program through the Israel Ministry of Diaspora and TalentEducators working with a cohort of supplementary educators on current and future practices.  She loves to be with her family - hiking, biking, running, cooking, doing arts and crafts and watching Merlin.

Contact Bethany here.

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