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Upcoming Events
Adult Hebrew Reading Class 
with Marlene Richter
Mondays, through August 28, 7:00 p.m, Rodef Shalom
$10 per class, or $100.00 for 12 classes. For more information, email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Kabbalat Shabbat & Schmooze
Friday, July 7, 6:00 p.m., Rodef Shalom
Please join us at Rodef on Friday, July 7, starting with blessings promptly at 6:00 p.m. followed by a light meal, services at 6:45 p.m., and dessert at about 7:45 p.m. RSVPs by Sunday, July 2 are required for the dinner and appreciated for the services. To RSVP, volunteer, help cook, offer a ride or request a ride, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

What Our Dreams Mean
Tuesday, July 11, 7:00 p.m., Rodef Shalom
Mira Rubenstein will guide us through a meditation process and discussion to connect more deeply with the dream archetypes that we feel the most affinity towards. RSVPHEREIn conjunction with Kavod On the Road.
Have You Taken Control of Your Health Today?
Thursday, July 13, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Rodef Shalom
Life Line Screening will be offering safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical.  To be more proactive about your health and to live longer for yourself, your family and your community, please register for these important screenings today. The first 7 people to pre-register HERE will receive a $25 discount off of any package priced at $139 or more!  Learn your risk of having stroke or vascular disease. There is no time like the present to take action!
Shabbat Under the Stars
Friday, July 14, 7:00 p.m., Rodef Shalom
Join us for this lively, outdoor service on the patio of the Rodef Shalom Meditation Garden. Welcome Shabbat with prayer and song in a beautiful setting, with engaging melodies-old and new. Free and open to all!
Our Third Shabbat Chavurah Event
Friday, July 28
The Shabbat Chavurah is an opportunity to spend Shabbat with new (or old) friends in each others homes. This event takes place in the homes of those who volunteer to be hosts. We will do the matching and help you coordinate your Shabbat meals. This is a potluck, casual (dairy) dinner together- but it's not about the food- it's about forging new friendships among ourselves and our kids and bringing in the beauty of Shabbat together. If you volunteer to host, we will send you a Shabbat Chavurah Guide with everything you need to know to host a Shabbat dinner. Hosts will be asked to provide the main dish for the meal. If you sign up to be a guest at someone's home, please be prepared to bring at least 2 items off the sign up sheet with you, as the groups may be small, and we don't want the whole meal falling on our hosts to provide. Please RSVP in the Google Form link by Wednesday, July 11.

Rocky Mountain Jewgrass
Wednesday, August 2, 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.), Four Mile Historic Park, 715 South Forest St, Denver, CO 80246
Join our Rodef Young Families group for a wonderful evening of music, picnicking, and enjoying the farm. Family friendly location and music. Bring your own picnic dinner.
Tickets available for purchase in advanced HERE.
July 1, 2017 - 7 Tammuz 5777
Light Candles Friday: 8:13 p.m.
Shabbat Ends: 9:13 p.m.
Torah / Annual: Numbers 19:1 - 22:1
Torah / Trienniel 1: Numbers 19:1 - 20:13
Haftarah: Judges 11:1-33
9:00 a.m. 
Shul-Bucks Shabbat Coffee House 
9:30 a.m.
Shabbat Services, Sanctuary
9:30 a.m.
Babysitting, 1st Preschool Classroom
11:15 a.m.
Tot Shabbat, Library / Mini-Minyan, Preschool Classroom
Kiddush is sponsored by Jordan and Shayna Friedman in honor of Avi's Bar Mitzvah.
Mazel Tov to ...
Jordan & Shayna Friedman on the Bar Mitzvah of their son Avi this Shabbat.
Refuah Shlaymah to ... 
Maya Mintzer, Carolyn Shulman, Laurie Segall

Talmud Class: Sunday, July 2, 10:30 a.m., Library, and Sunday, July 16, 7:00 p.m., Library
Tanakh & Tabloids: Thursday, July 6, 11:00 a.m., Library
Tuesday, July 11, 6:30 p.m.,
at the home of Joy Davis
Minyan on the Move provides Rodef Shalom members and the general community an opportunity to say Kaddish and, as important, the opportunity to make a Minyan allowing someone else to say Kaddish.

Hearing Assistive Devices 
Rodef Shalom now has hearing assistive devices available to congregants. They are located on the far right of the glass shelf to the right of the sanctuary doors in the lobby. For more information, contact the office or an usher.
Good Scents
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.
Youth & Family
Religious School registration is now open for the 2017 - 2018 school year. 
Click HERE for registration forms
Click HERE to learn more about Passport to Jewish Learning
A Challenge to Help Our Kids Learn
THANK YOU to everyone who has supported our Youth Programs Campaign. We raised $11,000! Toda Raba to our entire community!

Your donations will support Rodef Shalom's vibrant and growing Youth Programs, which include our innovative Passport to Jewish Learning program, Kadima, USY, Shabbat kids and family programming such as Tot Shabbat, Mini Minyan, and many more.
Click HERE  to give now and continue to support these programs. Please select Youth Programs from the Fund Direction drop down menu if making a donation online. If mailing a check, please make it out to Congregation Rodef Shalom and add "youth programs" on the memo line.
Statement on Behalf of the Worldwide Masorti/Conservative Movement on the Israeli Government's Decision to Freeze Egalitarian Kotel Agreement
Sunday's announcement that the Israeli government had frozen a plan to create an egalitarian prayer section of Jerusalem's Western Wall, the Conservative/ Masorti movement, as represented by the Rabbinical Assembly, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, MERCAZ Olami, Masorti Olami and the Masorti Movement in Israel, issued the following statement:

In January 2016 the government of Israel signed an agreement to create an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall. Only 17 months later, the very same government voted to suspend that compromise plan. The Conservative/ Masorti movement, speaking as a whole, deplores this action, yet another failure to uphold an agreement reached after years of negotiations.

Simultaneous to the government's reneging on the Kotel agreement, a new conversion bill is moving toward granting official authority for conversion in Israel to the Rabbanut (Chief Rabbinate), thus risking placing in its hands power over the Law of Return, as well. Such action always has been viewed as unwise and counter to both Zionist and democratic principles and would be disastrous for world Jewry for generations to come.

Because we love Israel and see the rising influence of an intolerant religious establishment as an existential threat to its future and to the unity of the Jewish people we will not rest until these decisions not only are overturned but also Israel fulfills the promise of its Zionist origins and founding declaration to "ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex" and to "guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture."

Rodef Shalom Preschool and Offices Closed on Tuesday, July 4.

Share your Simchas, Milestones and Achievements with your Rodef Shalom Family! 
Will you be celebrating an anniversary of your Bar or Bat Mitzvah this year? What about an anniversary ending in a "5" or "10"? Will someone in your family earn a degree, have a baby or mark any other important milestones this year? Why not consider allowing your Rodef Shalom family to share in your joy by sponsoring a Kiddush on Shabbat? Full or partial sponsorships are available. You might even consider an Aliyah on that morning! Our congregation prides itself on being like an extended family and families celebrate together! For more information, or to put a date on the calendar, please contact Michele Campbell at 303-399-0035 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Mazel Tov!
bingoBingo Volunteers Needed
We badly need more Bingo volunteers for the next few weeks.  Come join us  - it's actually fun!  Games are Sunday from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Turn of the Century Bingo Hall at Jewel and Havana. To sign up, contact Leslie Tjarks at 303-220-0189,   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Sherrie Davidson at 303-750-7083,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Sunday Minyan Update
Please note that during the summer months our Sunday Morning Minyan will take place contingent upon the assurance of a quorum by noon on Friday of the previous week.  If you are planning to attend on a Sunday morning to say Kaddish, please notify Rabbi Gerson and he will inform you about the status of that  date. If you would like to be a part of the "on call" list for making a minyan on Sunday morning, you are welcome to contact the Rabbi, as well!
Celebrate the Anniversary of Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Have you ever thought about "reprising" your Bar/Bat Mitzvah Haftarah at Rodef Shalom at Shabbat services?  Openings are available through August 2017 for adults and teenagers alike. Several members have already taken advantage of this opportunity.
If you would like to experience this wonderful way to re-live your Jewish "adulthood", please contact Allan Kantrowitz at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or at (720) 216-0994. Thanks and Mazel Tov!
The Rodef Shalom Chesed Team
Our team is looking for more members who can help provide support for an individual or family post-surgery; maybe it's bringing a meal or helping with a ride or childcare, providing meals to a family with a newborn, helping with shiva set-up or shopping, and more. The Chesed team is coordinated by Judy Fishman, Sandy Bornstein, Fran Cohen, Maya Mintzer and Meredith Levy.  Please contact JudyFran or Meredith if you would like to join.
Giving Opportunities

Rodef Shalom has two new funds to direct your donations:
  1. Security Fund: To support improvements to Rodef Shalom's building security
  2. Green Kiddush Fund: to support having organic salads at Shabbat kiddushim. Note: please indicate "Green Kiddush Fund" in the memo line of your check or online donation to the Kiddush fund.
SMILE When You Shop at Amazon!
Did you know you can really help Rodef Shalom by shopping as you normally do? Just go and choose Congregation Rodef Shalom as your preferred charity. Then, each time you shop, just go to that site and you will donate .5% of your purchase to Rodef Shalom! Easy, peasy! Thank you! 
King Soopers Cards are a wonderful way to support Rodef Shalom! Here is how it works: 1. Pick up your card - with $5 already on it - from the Rodef office during business hours or let us know to send one to you. 2. When you are ready to check out, tell the check-out person that you want to add money to your card before they start ringing up your groceries. There is no need to go to the courtesy counter to add money to your card. If you use a credit card, there is no credit card fee and you get the points. You can also add money to your card after your groceries have been rung up. 3. Use your card to pay whenever you checkout. 4. Rodef Shalom receives 5% of the amount you put on your card!
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.
In the Community 
Habitat Happenings
Habitat Interfaith Alliance (HIA) is excited to announce the new build site for homes in the metro Denver area, Sheridan Square. It currently has 12-15 buildings and the address for the home we are building is 3782 S. Knox Court, Denver, CO 80236. Our volunteer build for the 2017 HIA house began on April 8 and continues through August 5. Hours for the build are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  You may sign up to build online on our website, Click on "Volunteer " and "signup." For more information, please contact Leslie Tjarks (303-220-0189) or Janet Smith (303-755-4333).

Colorado Mini Grants
Hazon in Colorado will be awarding $25,000 to individuals and organizations who want to make our community healthier and more sustainable. These mini-grants inspire and grow a range of programs and initiatives in the Denver/Boulder area that use Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education (JOFEE). Click HERE for more information. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. Monday, July 31.

Jewish Family Service's Lunchbox Express Providing Free Summer Lunches to Low-Income Children at 17 Locations
Lunchbox Express, a program of Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS), provides free summer lunches through the USDA's Summer Food Service Program. Lunchbox Express is a simple mobile food delivery system that brings nutritious lunches to low-income children via mini school buses. The program targets residential areas with a high percentage of children who typically receive free or reduced-fee lunches at school during the school year. Volunteers play a vital role in the Lunchbox Express program and the agency is seeking volunteers to deliver the meals from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., through August 18. Click HERE for Lunchbox Express route information. Volunteers can commit to a single shift or a weekly or daily shift. For more information about volunteering, contact Christine Gillow, Volunteer Services manager, at 720.248.4599 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jewish Family Service Offers Refugee Assistance Projects

Bereavement Support Group
Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., through July 26, Jewish Family Service, 3201 South Tamarac Drive, Denver
Rafael Spiritual Healing Services, a program of Jewish Family Service Mental Health Specialists and the Jewish Community Chaplaincy, is offering a bereavement group for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Participants are asked to make a commitment to attend all eight sessions. The cost is $100. Arrangements can be made for those unable to pay. For more information or to register, contact Arleen Gershen at 720.248.4598 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Everyday Extraordinary, From Rembrandt to Warhol: Selections for the Morton and Tobia Mower Collection
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Colorado Springs, 80903
"Every Day Extraordinary, From Rembrandt to Warhol" will continue through Sept. 16, 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Free of charge! There may be special events added to their calendar that could limit your access, so please call 719-477-4310 before making the trip.

Special Discounted Tickets to Global Music Sensation! 
Thursday, July 6, 7:00 p.m., The Soiled Dove Underground, Lowry Town Center
The Mizel Museum's Cultural Concert Series presents The Barbelfish Balkan Band!  
Experience electrifying, soul-stirring music from Eastern Europe and beyond, featuring exquisite melodies, soaring harmonies and complex driving rhythms that inspire audiences to jump out of their seats and dance! The Mizel Museum is offering you special $7 discount tickets! Just enter promo code "MM$8Off" HERE to receive the discount.
JEWISHcolorado 2017 Young Adult Travel to Israel Subsidies
JEWISHcolorado is offering a limited number of stipends to teens and young adults ages 16-30 participating in peer group trips to Israel in 2017. Click HERE for application and guidelines.

Click HERE to go to the Jewish Colorado events calendar

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