With Senator Dominick Moreno, Senate District 21

On Wednesday, Feb 13, representatives of several Denver Orthodox Jewish institutions joined Agudath Israel in meetings with elected officials. The “Day at The Capitol” event is an annual event for nonprofits hosted by the Colorado Association of Non Profits, but this was the first time that it featured a large Orthodox presence.

Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet (D-Commerce City) was happy to see the group, and encouraged them to have a stronger Orthodox presence at the Capitol.

“Lawmakers are constantly making decisions about issues affecting our community, so it is critical that we are here to express our concerns or support,” said Rabbi Yossi Kaplan, Director of Agudath Israel of Colorado. “We will be ramping up our grassroots advocacy and engagement in the months ahead as several relevant pieces of legislation will be moving through the General Assembly.”

The participating organizations included: Agudath Israel of Colorado, Aish Denver, Beth Jacob High School, Denver Academy of Torah, Denver Community Kollel, and Yeshiva Toras Chaim.

“Our elected officials want to serve the best interests of their constituents, they therefore need us to educate them about our needs” says Rabbi Yechiel Erlanger, Director of Community Relations for Aish Denver.

“This event gave many of us the opportunity to introduce ourselves and our institutions to our legislators,” said Rabbi Moshe Heyman, Director of the Denver Community Kollel. “We look forward to hosting the elected officials on a tour of our community organizations.”

Members of the group met with:

  •      Representative Tony Exum Sr., (D-Colorado Springs)
  •      Representative Meg Froelich, (D-Greenwood Village)
  •      Representative Chris Hansen, D-Denver)
  •      Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet, (D- Commerce City)
  •      Senator Dominick Moreno, (D-Commerce City) Representative Donald Valdez, (D-Alamosa)
  •     House Minority Leader, Representative Patrick Neville, (R-Castle Rock)

To get involved in Agudath Israel’s grassroots efforts please contact Rabbi Yossi Kaplan at ykaplan@agudathisrael-co.org or 720.589.1414.

L-R: Rabbi Kaplan, Representative Tony Exum Sr., District 1. Rabbi Aron Yehudah Scwab, Denver Community Kollel/ Beth Jacob High School. Representative Chris Hansen, House District 6. Representative Donald Valdez, House District 62. Rabbi Yechiel Erlanger, Aish Denver.

Agudath Israel of Colorado and several community members meeting with Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet, House District 30, during “Day At The Capitol” for non profits.
(L-R: Shevy Kipper, Yeshiva Toras Chaim. Amy Berkowitz Caplan, Denver Academy of Torah. Representative Michaelson Jenet. Rabbi Moshe Heyman, Denver Community Kollel. Rabbi Yossi Kaplan, Agudah of Colorado)

With Representative Meg Froelich, House district 3