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JCRC Announces 2018 Honorees to be Celebrated at Annual Luncheon

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), a program of JEWISHcolorado, is pleased to announce its 2018 Leadership Awards to be presented at its annual luncheon on March 22.

This year, the JCRC will honor Rick Kornfeld with its Community Leadership Award and Senate President Kevin Grantham with its Legislative Appreciation Award.

Rick Kornfeld

The 2018 Community Leadership Award is for nominees that have demonstrated leadership and commitment to the Jewish and/or general community. They also must have demonstrated the ability to bring constituents together for advocacy on issues of importance to the Jewish community as well as a commitment to the values and principles of the JCRC.

Rick is a past chair of the JCRC and has twice co-chaired its Public Officials Mission to Israel.  He has provided invaluable support to advance JCRC’s work. Rick Kornfeld is a fourth-generation Coloradan and seasoned litigator. He is active in the Denver legal, nonprofit and Jewish communities.

During Rick’s tenure as JCRC Chair, JCRC supported state legislation for civil rights enforcement, civil unions, and in-state tuition for undocumented students.  JCRC also worked in partnership with other organizations to educate the University of Colorado Board of Regents so they would reject a proposal to divest from Israel.

Senator Kevin Grantham

The JCRC Legislative Appreciation Award is given to current or former members of the Colorado State General Assembly or the U.S. Congress. Through legislative work, the nominees must demonstrate leadership on issues of importance to the Jewish community. Senate President Grantham has been a strong supporter of Israel and the Jewish community since he entered the Colorado Senate. He participated in the JCRC Public Officials Mission in 2011. In 2016, Senator Grantham supported legislation prohibiting economic boycotts of Israel, making Colorado the 4th state in the country to pass such a policy. Last June, when the Israel Consulate asked Colorado to participate in an international recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem, he took the lead and put together a bi-partisan tribute and ceremony.  He also led a beautiful tribute in the Senate in memory of the Honorable Shmulik Rifman z”l, the long serving mayor of Colorado’s partnership region in Israel, Ramat HaNegev.

JCRC’s Annual Luncheon will take place Thursday, March 22, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Grand Hyatt Denver. To register and attend, please visit jewishcolorado.org/JCRCLuncheon. JCRC gives special thanks to the event’s presenting sponsor, Bob Lembke and event sponsors, Diana Zeff Anderson – Zeff Kesher Foundation and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP.

The JCRC advocates for domestic and international policy issues that affect the Colorado Jewish community, represents these views to the Jewish community and to the general community of Colorado, and organizes the Jewish community in times of crisis. JCRC consists of more than 38 member organizations, 15 at-large members, and is affiliated with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA).


About Michele Weingarden

JEWISHcolorado, founded in 1946 and formerly known as Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, is the umbrella community organization focused on stewarding and strengthening Jewish community in Colorado, Israel and the world. JEWISHcolorado is a member of the Jewish Federations of North America, which is among the top ten charities on the continent. JEWISHcolorado raises and distributes funds in support of a wide variety of programs and partner organizations both locally and globally. Last year, JEWISHcolorado’s Annual Campaign raised $12.3 million and the Endowment and Planned Giving arm houses more than $60 million in long-term assets for individuals, agencies and synagogues in the community. For more information, visit www.JEWISHcolorado.org

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