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Enews: May 25 - 31
Rabbi Search Committee:  
Congregant Survey
Congregation Rodef Shalom is beginning our search for a new Rabbi. As a community we value the opinion of all of our members so we are beginning this process by collecting some general information from our membership. To do this, we are asking you to take a brief survey. This survey will help us to understand the needs and desires of our community and will help to frame the evolving search process.

It is imperative that everyone take the time to complete this survey and submit your comments. Each Rodef Shalom family with a registered email address was sent this online survey and each adult household member can submit his or her own survey response.

If you have not yet responded to the survey, please click HERE. The survey has automatic formatting so it can be viewed on a desktop computer, tablet, or phone.

The survey will remain open through May 30th and then the link will no longer work. A timely response is needed as there are many more steps to be taken in this search process. We hope you will take the time to complete the online survey, as we greatly value your response.

If you are not able to complete the survey electronically, please contact Michele Campbell, Executive Director at 303-399-0035 to receive a paper copy.

Once the surveys are received, we will be holding a series of focus groups towards the end of June that will be open to all members to garner more in-depth information as guided by the survey responses. You will learn more about focus group details in the coming weeks. If you have questions regarding the survey or its contents, please contact Myles Steiner, head of our Survey & Assessment Team, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Upcoming Events
"Let my people go!"- An Interfaith Study of Sh'mot (Exodus)
Interfaith Program with Rodef Shalom & St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Classes facilitated by Rabbi Bernard Gerson & Dr. Gordon Tucker
Wednesdays, June 7 & 14, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., Rodef Shalom
Free and open to all! Please RVSP to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Click HERE for more information. No class on May 30 in observance of Shavuot.
Taste of Torah 
Tuesdays, through July 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Rodef Shalom
Study with Marlene Richter and explore the wanderings of the Jewish people in the desert. This is an in-depth class on the book of Numbers, using text, commentary and Midrash. Hebrew reading is not a requirement. $10.00 per class. Pizza is served, but bring your own beverage. For more information, email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. No class on May 31 in observance of Shavuot.

Rabbi's After Kiddush Tisch
Saturday, May 27, 12:30 p.m., Rodef Shalom
All are welcome to join Rabbi Gerson at his table in the back of the Social Hall at the conclusion of Kiddush (approx. 12:30 p.m.) for "spirited singing" and Torah study.

Community Shavuot Celebration and Tikkun
Tuesday, May 30, 6:00 p.m., Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St, Denver
EAT: Dairy Shavuot Dinner-6:00 p.m.
Come enjoy a wonderful Shavuot dinner following the tradition of eating a dairy meal.
Reservations must be made by Friday, May 26 at
PRAY: Spiritual Shavuot Worship- 7:00 p.m.
TALK: "Whose Verse is it Anyway?" - 8:00 p.m.
A panel discussion featuring guest speakers from the Denver Community: State Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, Rabbi Bernie Gerson, Nancy Sharp, Ean Seeb, Reverend Amanda Henderson, and Judge Alan Loeb.
INDULGE: Cheesecake Competition - 9:00 p.m.
Break out your cookbooks and bring a cheesecake and your appetite to see who wins the title of best cheesecake!
LEARN: Study session(s) - 9:30 p.m.
We will continue with four study sessions featuring: Cantor Elizabeth Sacks, Rabbi Brian Immerman, Rabbi Adam Morris, and Rabbi Evette Lutman. 
SING: Kirtan with Hal Aqua - 10:30 p.m.
Hal Aqua will help us experience the revelation of Torah through spirited music and song.

Shavuot continues on Wednesday morning, May 31 at Rodef Shalom at 9:30 a.m. for services and "Blintzes & Bloody Marys"! Shavuot Day 2 Services will begin at 9:30 a.m. (Yizkor after 10:30 a.m.) on Thursday, June 1.

Shavuot Retreat at Ramah in the Rockies
May 30 - June 2
Join Ramah in the Rockies and the Colorado Jewish Community for Shavuot at the Ramah in the Rockies Ranch. Access the 360-acre ranch and a wide range of family-friendly programming including hiking, bonfires and much more! For more info and to register, please click HERE. In partnership with Rodef Shalom, Hebrew Educational Alliance, and Minyan Na'aleh.
Adult Hebrew Reading Class 
with Marlene Richter
Mondays, June 5-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. .
Shabbat Under the Stars
Friday, June 9, 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!
Tour of Coors Field
Wednesday, June 14, 2:30 p.m., meet at Rodef Shalom
Let's Go Rockies! Get a behind the scenes tour of Coors Field. See the tunnels under the field, locker rooms, dugout and press box. Cost: $8.00 with pre-paid reservation. Transportation included in price. RSVP: Sara, (720) 382-7842 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . In conjunction with Kavod On the Road.
Kabbalat Shabbat & Schmooze
Friday, June 16, 6:00 p.m., Rodef Shalom
Please join us at Rodef on Friday, June 16, 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, June 11 are required for the dinner and appreciated for the services.  Click HERE to RSVP and pay online. To 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. .
May 27, 2017 - 2 Sivan 5777
Light Candles Friday: 8:00 p.m.
Shabbat Ends: 9:00 p.m.
Torah / Annual: Numbers 1:1 - 4:20
Torah / Trienniel 1: Numbers 1:1-54
Haftarah: Hosea 2:1-22
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
12:30 p.m.
Rabbi's After Kiddush Tisch, Social Hall
Tanakh & Tabloids
Thursday, May 25 - 11:00 a.m., Library 
Talmud Class
Sunday, May 28, 10:30 a.m., Library
Rabbi's After Kiddush Tisch
Saturday, May 27, 12:30 p.m., Social Hall

Mazel Tov to all of our graduates of high school, college, and graduate programs, who include this week ...
  • Kendall Eng (Digipen Institute of Technology)
  • Rabbi Emily Hyatt Cohen (Ordained at HUC-JIR)
  • Hanna Mason (East High School)
Condolences to ...
David Pelcyger on the death of his stepfather, John Radner

Do you have someone in your family who is graduating this Spring? Send an email to Rabbi Gerson and we will extend our best wishes in the next edition of the Rodef E-News.
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
Grand Opening of Youth Lounge, Sunday May 28, 6:00 p.m. 
Board elections and pizza/movie/game night
Kadima goes to the Denver Museum of Science and Nature: Sunday, June 4, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
We will meet at the North entrance. Cost: $6 for IMAX movie. Bring money for snacks. We need at least 10 kids.  RSVP to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
A Challenge To Help Our Kids Learn
We are almost at the 75% mark for our Youth Programs fundraising campaign! 
THANK YOU for helping us reach $10,900 towards our goal of $15,000! We have $4,100 to go.  Thanks to the first $5,000 being matched by Dr. Ali Trachtman Hill and Jason Hill.   

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 have your dollars MATCHED! Please select Youth Programs from 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.  
Thank you in advance for helping to meet our goal and maximize this amazing and generous opportunity!

The Rodef Shalom offices will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 29.

The Preschool will be closed May 29 - June 2 and will reopen on Monday, June 5.

The Gift Shop is Closing!
"The Barbaras" have enjoyed running the Gift Shop and providing a warm, inviting place for our congregants and friends to shop for gifts and Judaica. After decades, it has been decided to close the store.
All of the inventory is on sale, 50%-60% off.  Cash or checks are preferred but we will accept credit cards for purchases of $100 or more
Call Barbara Raizen to schedule a visit.
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!
Rodef Shalom operates Bingo games as a wonderful opportunity to help fund raise for our synagogue and have fun.  Games are from 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM every Sunday (except for Jewish holidays) at the Turn of the Century Bingo Hall at Jewell and Havana, in Aurora. Volunteers are always needed. For more information and to sign up to volunteer, contact Sherrie Davidson with your email address. She will send you an invitation to the Signup Genius website.
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.
Rodef Shalom Annual Event

Mazel Tov!  Todah Rabah!  Thank you! 
Our sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who worked to make this year's Annual Event such a resounding success!  Many thanks, also, to those who attended, supported, and promoted our fundraising effort to benefit Rodef Shalom. It appears that everyone had a wonderful time - including our youngest members - and that we, indeed, did make money!
HUGE thanks to our many committee members and volunteers, headed up by Carrie Goldman, Barbara Robbins and Roni Ogin.  Others integral to our success include:
Sherrie Davidson,Wendy Handler, Della Levy, Maya Mintzer, Roni Ogin, Heather Oginsky, Elaine Tinter, Leslie Tjarks, Barbara Zimmerman, Judy Banjavic,
Mimi Barnard, Rabbi Sandra Cohen, Allison Donner, Bonnie Merenstein, Sue Schor, Barbara Raizen, Marsha Steirn, Arlene Weissmann and Marlene Richter.
Many thanks to our amazing staff:  Michele Campbell, Claire Easton, Debbie Kaner, Connie Suson, Mark Millenson, J.R. Hurtaldo, Rebecca Vicksman, James McKeon, and Dawn Spector, as well as our supportive Board of Directors, led by Marty Zimmerman.
And, last but certainly not least, our gratitude to our honorees: Howard Feingold, Mira Zevin & Kim Grant, and Bethany & Joel Friedlander.
Be sure to click HERE for photo memories of our successful event!  Photo(s) by:
In the Community 
Kol Nashim is proud to present "Woman to Woman", concerts benefiting the Jerusalem Shelter for Battered Women
Thursday, May 25, 7:00 p.m., Rodef Shalom 
Click HERE for information on upcoming Chorale events.
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, 2017, and continues through August 5, 2017. 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).
Jewish Family Service Offers Refugee Assistance Projects

Intro to Judaism begins May 25
Intro to Judaism is a 28 week class that is the first step on your Jewish Journey. Whether you are thinking about converting to Judaism or you just want a refresher course, ITJ is the perfect series for you. The series is taught by members of the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council (including our own Rabbi Gerson), Cantors from around the community and amazing educators (including Sue Parker Gerson from ADL). The attendance policy is flexible to meet the needs of busy adults. For more information, please check out our websiteemail or call Betsy Epel at (720) 941-2655.

L'Chaim - Conference & Resource Day for Boomers and Beyond 
Sunday, June 4, 9:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St., Denver 
L'Chaim! features workshops on aging and wellness to stay active and healthy in mind, body and spirit, while looking towards the future. Click HERE for more information and online registration. Questions? Contact Sara at (720) 382-7842 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Bereavement Support Group Begins June 7
Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., June 7 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. .
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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