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High Holidays 5781

Rodef Shalom is looking forward to elevating the new year with you.

Join Rabbi Rachel Kobrin, Moshe Kornfeld, and David Ross for a warm, dynamic and inspiring observance of Yom Kippur. This year's High Holidays will be virtual, which will feel different than previous years. But do not fear. Our services will be filled with a special energy, prayer, learning, and song - and we can't wait to welcome you!

We Invite Everyone To Join Us - For Free!

High Holiday Service Schedule  

Sunday, September 27

Sermon: The House is on Fire -
Healing the Soul of Our Nation

6:15 p.m. Service

For the Facebook version of the service

Monday, September 28

Sermon: The Tonic of Imperfect Song -
Elevating the Soul of Our Community

9:00 a.m. Shachari

10:00 a.m. Torah, Sermon, & Yizkor

11:00 a.m. Mussaf

For the Facebook version of the service

Camp Yom Kippur & Mini Minyan (for Grades K-6)
9:00 a.m. 
Email Dawn Spector for Zoom link.

Teen Service - Live (for Grades 6-12)
10:00 a.m. - noon
Pre-register here.

Yom Kippur Learning  2:30 - 6:00 p.m.
See details below.

6:15 p.m. Neilah

For the Facebook version of the service


1. Deep Reflections. Stories and Story Study for the High Holidays 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Drawing from our richly storied Jewish tradition, come engage with tales drawn from throughout time and places in the Jewish world, on the themes of The High Holidays. We will read, hear, and explore several stories which illuminate our experience of the Chaggim. Come with a listening heart, and leave with stories you can share with family and friends.

Cherie Karo Schwartz is a Storyteller, Author, and Educator. She is founder and director of the ReJEWvenating Jewish Storytelling Initiative of international NewCAJE. She served as a faculty member of the Reclaiming Judaism Maggid - Educator Ordination Program. Cherie has shared stories with audiences of all ages throughout America and abroad for 40 years. She shares a kaleidoscope of spirit-filled tales of wishes, wisdom, and wit drawn from worldwide Jewish folklore, sacred texts, family folklore, original stories, and modern midrashim. Cherie has authored three books, numerous recordings, and articles. She earned an MA in Developmental Theater.

2.  Yom Kippur Around the World 3:00 – 4:00 pm
How is Yom Kippur celebrated/observed in other countries? What are unique customs and practices? What can we learn from these other cultures and practices?

Rivkah Hanssen will be leading this session from Israel. Rivkah grew up at Rodef Shalom as Robin Zimmerman. For the past 30 years she has been a premier Jewish educator. Her experiences range from serving as a teacher at the Tucson Hebrew Academy and Denver Academy of Torah, to serving as the Educational Director at BMH-BJ, the Director of Denver’s Community Talmud Torah, Director of Youth Services at the Colorado Agency for Jewish Education, and as an instructor for the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. She and her family made Aliyah in 2012 and since then she has been an educator in the Israeli public school system and serving as a private tutor on a variety of topics. Rivkah received her Masters in Jewish Education from the University of Judaism. 

3. We Don't Rely on Miracles 3:30 4:30 pm
Free will, luck, and their implications as seen in a few selections from the Talmud.

Rabbi Sandra Cohen is involved in mental health outreach in the Jewish community nationally. She uses traditional Jewish values as a model for connecting to those with mental health issues and their families. Those values, including compassion and respect, guide and inspire her work. She is a determined advocate for those with mental illness and their families and speaks openly about her personal journey with mental illness, applying that profound experience to support and educate spiritual communities about acceptance. Rabbi Cohen also teaches in a variety of settings in both the Jewish and larger Denver communities. She loves rabbinic text, and has a deep respect and affection for the Talmud.

4. For Kids! Yom Kippur Story Time 4:00  5:00 pm 
Big kids and small… Join us for an old fashion story time. Grab a pillow, a blanket or a family member and cuddle up!

Bethany Friedlander hails from southern California, explored Israel and the east coast, then shlepped around from coast to coast, ending up here in Denver. She and her family love stories, especially those told by their illustrious grandparents and Bubbie and Zadie. Bethany has been involved with Jewish education since college and loves teaching, programming, and engaging in Jewish experiential learning. In her capacity at Hillel she has been a JCSC Fellow, Program Director, and Director of Engagement. Through her congregational and Jewish communal work, her roles have included Religious School Teacher, Family Educational Coordinator, Religious School Director, and MazelTogether Family Connector. Bethany loves volunteering with the Rodef parents as part of the Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Camp Shabbat crew each Saturday. 

5. The Psychology of Repentance 4:30 – 5:30 pm
What is the purpose of repentance? What is the goal? Who does it really benefit and why? What does modern science say about this topic? Do our perspectives align?

Jeremy Golubcow-Teglasi, or "G-T" as his students call him, has found his dream job teaching history at Denver Jewish Day School.  He came to DJDS after stints as a lawyer and a grants officer (and way too much time in school).

6. The Origins of Yom Kippur: Why and How it Evolved into What it is Today 5:00 – 6:00 pm
3,000 years ago, Yom Kippur looked very different than it does today. Learn how Yom Kippur was celebrated before and during Temple times and why/when the Machsor was written. Listen to compelling evidence that we celebrate Yom Kippur today because of a murder that occurred in the Temple around the year 400 B.C.E. Learn what came from negotiations following the event that impact us today.

Marty Zimmerman grew up at Rodef Shalom and is a past Rodef Shalom Board President. A former wannabe Rabbi, for the past 26 years Marty has had two careers — with one of them as a Jewish educator teaching what he calls “Jewish Social Studies” at three synagogues, two Hebrew high schools, and at Denver Jewish Day school. In addition to teaching, Marty and his wife run a successful nonprofit consulting firm. Marty received a Masters in Social Work and Certificate in Jewish Communal Service from the University of Michigan. He also has degrees in Judaic Studies, history, comparative religion, and public relations.

Pre-register here for classes 1,3, and 5.

Pre-register here for classes 2, 4, and 6.

High Holiday Resources

5781 Yizkor Book
Thank you for your Yizkor Book submissions. A digital version of this year's Yizkor Book can be viewed or downloaded using the link below. Hardcopies will also be available in time for the holidays. 
     Online Version

High Holiday Appeal/Donations
Rodef Shalom's Yom Kippur Appeal is one of our main annual fundraising opportunities to supplement our organization beyond membership dues and ECEC tuition. Gifts made to the Yom Kippur appeal allow us to meet the many needs of our community while also meeting our financial needs. Members and non-members generous support during this the High Holidays helps us meet our mission.
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Fri, September 25 2020 7 Tishrei 5781