March 2023
In a series of Meet and Greets hosted by Agudath Israel of Colorado, community members had the opportunity to meet with candidates in the upcoming mayoral race of the April 4th Municipal Elections.

These meetings paved the way for strong relationships and opened the door for ongoing communication with the potential next mayor of Denver. They also provided a valuable forum for Rabbonim, lay leaders, and community members to engage with each candidate and understand their position on issues that directly affect our community.

The first Meet and Greet took place on Sunday, March 19th, at the West Side Kollel with candidate Kelly Brough. It was followed by a meeting with candidate Mike Johnston on Tuesday, March 21st at the Ort residence, and finally with candidate State Senator Chris Hansen on Wednesday, March 29th at Peaks Healthcare Consulting.

"The feedback we've heard about the Meet and Greets from both the candidates and community participants already shows a real sense of connection through these events", says Rabbi Kaplan. "Community members were thankful to experience firsthand how accessible and impactful building relationships can be."

*Agudath Israel of Colorado does not endorse political candidates. Agudath Israel of Colorado reached out to all the candidates and scheduled Meet and Greets in the order of responses*
Community members meeting with mayoral candidate Kelly Brough
Community members meeting with mayoral candidate Mike Johnston
Community members meeting with mayoral candidate State Senator Chris Hansen
Dialogue with our elected officials is only effective when we vote and make our voice heard. Register to vote and give our community a voice!
In response to the alarming rise of antisemitism targeting Orthodox Jews, Agudas Yisroel convened a Leadership Mission in Washington DC last week, comprising over 60 delegates from around the country.

In one jam-packed day, the group met with senators and Departments of State, Homeland Security, and Justice, and discussed issues related to anti-semitism and security for Jewish communities nationwide. Officials expressed their concern and support for this important topic and concrete plans for cooperation and follow-up were made between the officials and Agudah's leadership.

Together as a group and individually, Rabbi Kaplan met with Senator James Lankford (R-OK), Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), and Senator Tim Cotton (R-AR).

In addition to the group meetings, Rabbi Kaplan utilized his time in Washington to meet individually with the staff of many of our members of Congress serving Colorado, including Senators Ken Buck, Michael Bennet, and John Hickenlooper, as well as Congresswomen Yadira Caraveo and Lauren Boebert; and Congressman Joe Neguse to discuss important issues including Agudah's Policy Perspectives (click to download).

"There were many highlights to the trip", reflects Rabbi Yossi Kaplan, "But for me personally, it was seeing a group of people dedicated to, working on behalf of, and being the voice of the Klal. There is strength in numbers and strength in unity."
Agudath Israel's delegation at the Department of Justice
Agudath Israel's delegation outside the Capitol
Rabbi Kaplan with Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Rabbi Kaplan with Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)
Rabbi Kaplan with Senator Tim Cotton (R-AR)
Rabbi Kaplan with Senator James Lankford (R-OK)
On Wednesday, March 15th, Denver's Orthodox schools had the unique opportunity to meet with Rabbi Yehoshua Pinkus, Director of Yeshiva Services at Agudath Israel of America. The meeting, which took place at DAT, was a forum to discuss issues related to federal funding and services that are available to private schools.

Agudath Israel's Yeshiva Services Department champions and guides yeshivas and day schools, advocates for resources at all levels of government, educates and guides yeshiva leadership, and defends yeshivas and their unique character under the guidance of Gedolei Yisroel, ensuring the continued growth of Klal Yisroel.

In collaboration with Yeshiva Services, Agudath Israel of Colorado functions as a valuable resource for our local private schools.
On Purim night, eager participants gathered at Aish of the Rockies, Congregation Zera Avraham, and Young Israel of Denver to enjoy the vibrant learning, great food, and exciting prizes of Agudath Israel's Purim Night Learning.

Expanded this year to three locations, Agudath Israel of Colorado was pleased to provide a broader range of Purim Night Learning than ever before.
 One Happy Camper has announced new guidelines with expanded flexible eligibility for our community which now includes students already enrolled in Jewish Schools, regardless of financial ability. This means you may be eligible to receive $1000 off your child's camp tuition this year even if you may not have been eligible in the past!

If you already enrolled your children in camp for this summer, you can still apply for the grant!
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