Congregation Har HaShem is pleased to invite you to our Symposium on Spirituality and the Environment on Sunday, November 8 from 2:00-3:30 pm via Zoom.
We invite our friends of all faiths and backgrounds to join the conversations at this Symposium and hope to help the Boulder community step forward to advance a spiritually-based response to environmental stewardship and community actions.
Rabbi Jennie Rosenn is the keynote speaker and we will join in conversation with Colorado State Senator and Majority Leader Steve Fenberg.
FOUNDER & CEO, DAYENU: A JEWISH CALL TO CLIMATE ACTION
Rabbi Jennie Rosenn has spent more than two decades leading Jewish non-profit organizations, advocating for social change and creating dynamic new initiatives at the heart of the Jewish social justice movement. Before founding Dayenu, Rabbi Rosenn served as vice president for community engagement at HIAS, where she built a robust Jewish movement responding to the global refugee crisis.
Prior to serving at HIAS, Rabbi Rosenn spent nearly a decade growing the Jewish social justice movement as the director of the Jewish Life and Values Program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation. There she built the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable and the Selah Leadership Training Program, while spearheading initiatives to cultivate the environmental movement and women as agents of change in Israel.
Rabbi Rosenn has also served as rabbi at Columbia/Barnard Hillel, a founding board member of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps and Repair the World, and on the boards of the Jewish Funders Network and New York Jobs with Justice. Rabbi Rosenn was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She has twice been named one of the Forward’s 50 most influential Jews in America.
In Conversation With…
COLORADO STATE SENATOR AND MAJORITY LEADER
Steve Fenberg was elected to the Colorado Senate in 2016 and currently serves as the Senate Majority Leader, a leadership position he was elected to in 2018. Before entering the Senate, Steve served for a decade as the founding Executive Director for New Era Colorado, the largest state-based young voter mobilization organization in the country. Under Steve’s leadership, New Era Colorado registered hundreds of thousands of young people to vote, helping shape Colorado’s current political landscape.
As a State Senator, Steve has focused on increasing voting access, bold solutions to the climate crisis, and structural reforms to advance economic and social justice. A few of his legislative highlights include:
● Passing the strongest paid sick leave policy in the country, giving every employee in Colorado the opportunity to earn paid time off when they or a family member gets sick;
● Passing landmark reforms to the oil and gas laws in our state, placing the health and safety of Coloradans above the profits of oil and gas corporations;
● Increasing voter access by creating automatic voter registration in Colorado, modernizing our election laws and passing redistricting reform and anti-gerrymandering legislation;
● Passing the “Clean Up Colorado’s Air Act,” which will ensure that Colorado will have the resources to deploy state-of-the-art air monitoring, conduct stronger enforcement, and ensure communities are protected from air toxins.
● Banning the inhumane and discredited practice of gay conversion therapy;
● Addressing the student debt crisis by regulating student loan servicers, increasing awareness of public student loan forgiveness, and establishing a 529 college savings account with $100 for every child born in Colorado;
● Expanding voter registration for felons coming out of the criminal justice system and restoring voting rights to parolees.
Steve has served on several committees and boards while in the Senate, including the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee, the Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee, the Governor’s Council on Blockchain Technology, the Bipartisan Election Advisory Committee, and the Executive Committee of the legislature.
Steve is a co-owner of Bread Bar in the historic town of Silver Plume, where, if you’re lucky, you might find him behind the bar serving up craft cocktails. He also has a small nonprofit management and strategic communications consulting business. Additionally, he serves on the board of the dZi Foundation, an international development organization in Nepal. Steve lives in Boulder with his wife Lindsay, baby daughter Isa, and their dog Ellie.