B'nai B'rith Colorado News

July 14, 2020
Governor Polis Signs Holocaust and Genocide Studies Bill

DENVER, CO — B’nai B’rith Colorado applauds Colorado lawmakers for enacting the Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Public Schools bill last week. On July 8, Governor Jared Polis signed into law HB20-1336, which was sponsored by Dafna Michaelson Jenet and Emily Sirota in the House and Steve Fenberg and Dennis Hisey in the Senate. House Majority Leader Alec Garnett also provided steadfast support throughout the entire process. The new law requires that all Colorado public high school students will be taught about the Holocaust, other genocides, and crimes against humanity as a requirement for graduation.

B’nai B’rith Colorado has been a devoted proponent of this legislation and our JCRC representative, Margo Rocklin Goldman, was invited to attend the Governor’s official signing ceremony as a key stakeholder. We commend Ms. Rocklin Goldman for her dedication, commitment, and community outreach to ensure the passage of this crucial piece of legislation.

“This new law signifies a crucial step toward combating anti-Semitism, bigotry, and hatred in whatever form it may rise,” stated Frank Goldman, President of B’nai B’rith Colorado. “By teaching future generations of young Coloradoans about these indelible stains upon human history, we will perhaps prevent such evils from repeating.” As Anne Frank wrote, “What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again.” B’nai B’rith Colorado has served Colorado, the greater Rocky Mountain region, and beyond since 1872, continuously providing emergency relief and helping the less fortunate. We are currently focusing our efforts on a COVID-19 Relief Initiative to provide food and essential personal protective equipment (PPE) to those in need during these challenging times. Please visit https://bnaibrithcolorado.org/covid-19/ to learn more about how you can make a meaningful difference and be a driving force for good.

B’nai B’rith Colorado has faithfully served Colorado, the greater Rocky Mountain region, and beyond since 1872, continuously providing emergency relief, helping the less fortunate, and being a driving force for good.  Now, more than ever, we call upon you to provide life-saving supplies to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, our membership, and the people we serve, we appreciate your thoughtful and heartfelt support.