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          Colorado Industrial Areas Foundation (CO IAF)



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It’s time to act! Will you join us?

Dear Friends and CO IAF Supporters –

Many of you participated in the meaningful and heartfelt Shiva Observance last Friday evening
when Jorge Montiel, our CO IAF organizer, gave an inspiring d’var on this week’s parsha. Jorge, 
 along with faith leaders from the Muslim, Sikh, and Christian communities, energized and
inspired 300+ diverse attendees to rise up from Shiva to take action against hate and injustice.

Those of us who were there felt incredibly supported by many representatives from eleven of
our CO IAF institutions, including three church leaders: Pastor Del Phillips, Pastor John
Anderson, and Pastor Morgan Fletcher.

Next week, as follow up to both Friday evening and our CO IAF Fall Assembly on October 4th,
Jorge will be leading a “What’s Next” strategy session next Monday, November 12th, at
B’nai Havurah from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.


A week after the mid-term elections we will meet to craft an organizing strategy for our next
phase, including:

- Create Action Teams (housing, public education, immigration) to research the issues further,
engage more leaders, and begin crafting potential solutions.

- Conduct local Power Analyses to determine opportunities for action, recruitment of leaders
and institutions.

- Launch a metro-wide Campaign of Conversations to grow our constituency.

- Develop an Organizing Calendar, to include training sessions, actions, and a Founding

Leaders from member and interested institutions are welcome.

It’s time to act! Will you join us?


Hope to see you there!

 Marilyn and Zeik

Marilyn Winokur

303.478.7057 (mobile)

303.861.1889 (home)


Thursday, October 4, 2018 • 25 Tishrei 5779 

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Our Lady Mother of the Church, 6690 E 7th Ave. Commerce City

The Colorado Gubernatorial and Attorney General candidates have been invited to attend the Fall Assembly of the Colorado Industrial Areas Foundation (CO IAF). CO IAFmembers, representing diverse faith congregations, unions and non-profit organizations from across the metro area, will join together publicly exhibiting unity as we pursue social justice.

Individuals will share their heartfelt stories concerning issues that have impacted their lives, such as school funding, affordable housing, mental health, and healthcare access, among others. Candidates will be asked to respond and to make a commitment to work with CO IAF to tackle the identified issues.

B’nai Havurah seeks your support by simply showing up at this event. Numbers “count” and we hope you will join us. In our Jewish tradition we are answering “hineni,” “I am here,” and I will stand with you.

Please register for this event by clicking the link on the Event Flyer.

Colorado Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF)

December 15, 2017

Dear B’nai Havurah Member:

We are pleased to report that at the Board of Trustees Meeting on November 21, 2017, the Board unanimously voted to approve B’nai Havurah’s membership in the Colorado Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF). A group of seventeen B’nai Havurah members proposed membership. They are the first B’nai Havurah group to meet all the requirements of our Positioning B’nai Policy, which was adopted mid-year 2016.


Founded in 1940, the Industrial Areas Foundation is the nation's largest and longest-standing network of local faith and community-based organizations. The IAF partners with religious congregations and civic organizations at the local level to build broad-based organizing projects, which create new capacity in a community for leadership development, citizen-led action, and relationships across the lines that often divide our communities.

Mordecai Kaplan, founder of the Reconstructionist movement, said: “The Jewish protagonists of social idealism should realize that the Jewish religion came into being as a result of the first attempt to conceive of G-d as the defender of the weak against the strong and that it can, therefore, continue to serve as an inspiration in the present struggle.”

The IAF created the modern model of faith- and broad-based organizing and is widely recognized as having the strongest track record in the nation for citizen leadership development and for helping more than 65 congregations and other civic organizations act on their missions to achieve lasting change in the world.

If you are interested in learning more about the Colorado Industrial Areas Foundation and/or would like to get involved, please contact Zeik Saidman ( or Marilyn Winokur ( 

Approved on November 21, 2017
Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees

B'nai Havurah • 6445 East Ohio Avenue • Denver, CO  80224 • 303-388-4441

Sun, 25 August 2019