Jewish National Fund USA Mountain States Regional Breakfast for Israel, at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver, Colorado, on Tuesday, May 16, 2023. Photo

600 Philanthropists Unite at Denver JNF-USA Breakfast for Israel

On Tuesday, May 16, 2023, nearly 600 Coloradans came together at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum for Jewish National Fund-USA’s annual Breakfast for Israel. The community Breakfast celebrated Israel’s 75th anniversary while highlighting several of the organization’s initiatives that are improving the quality of life in Israel’s north and south and educating Zionist leaders of tomorrow.

Event Co-chair, Michael Marcus; Event Co-chair, Ryan Cohn; JNF-USA Vice President of Fundraising, Yaron Marcus; Arava Institute alum, Alexis Woodrow; Executive Director of the Arava Institute and Keynote Speaker, Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed; JNF-USA Executive Director, Mountain States, Rachael Solomon; Event Co-chair and Women for Israel National President, Barbara Burry; and Arava Institute alum, Michael Keglovitz

A particular emphasis was placed on the organization’s support of ecological initiatives in Israel through the event’s keynote speaker, Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed, the Executive Director of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. The Institute is an affiliate of Jewish National Fund-USA, where Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian students tackle the world’s most pressing environmental issues while fostering cooperation in the Middle East.

Dr. Abu Hamed discussed how the organization’s support has helped the Institute transcend borders and politics, bringing Israelis and Arabs together to help heal the planet. Attendees were also encouraged to register for the first-ever Global Conference for Israel (, taking place in Denver from November 30-December 3, 2023.

To learn more, visit or contact Rachael Solomon, JNF-USA Executive Director, Mountain States & Pacific NW at or 303.573.7095 x978.

Brad Werner, Bob Werner, Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed, Ron Werner, Christian Rhea, and Beverly Werner-Needham

About Jewish National Fund-USA

Jewish National Fund-USA builds a strong, vibrant future for the land and people of Israel through bold initiatives and Zionist education. As a leading philanthropic movement, the organization supports critical environmental and nation-building activities in Israel’s north and south as it develops new communities in the Negev and Galilee, connects the next generation to Israel, and creates infrastructure and programs that support ecology, people with disabilities, and heritage site preservation, all while running a fully accredited study abroad experience through its Alexander Muss High School in Israel. Learn more at

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  1. This event never should have been allowed until Israel joins sanctions against Russia.