Saltzman has served since November 2015 as president of B’nai B’rith International and will be ending his term this fall. His responsibilities include meeting with global leaders on such vital issues as the security of Israel and global human rights. Last summer, he led a delegation to the former Soviet republics of Georgia and Azerbaijan, meeting with the prime ministers and other leaders of both countries, where he raised the issue of incessant threats by Iran to the stability of the region, among other topics.
B’nai B’rith of the Rockies was founded in 1872 as B’nai B’rith Lodge #171 making it one of the oldest continuing chapters in the international organization. Its early contributions in the local area include leadership in the founding of the National Jewish Hospital and the Denver Jewish Community Center.
Berger said, “It’s remarkable that the Denver chapter began only seven years after the end of the Civil War and four years before Colorado became a state. This chapter has a great history and a high point in our story is having Gary Saltzman become the first Coloradan to be international president.”
Prior to his installation in the highest volunteer position in the organization, Saltzman served B’nai B’rith as chairman of its Executive Board of Directors and served on its International Board of Governors. A former member of Denver’s AZA Chapter Six, Saltzman also has served as president of the local B’nai B’rith chapter, president of the Western Frontier Region, and president of B’nai B’rith District Two. In 1989, he was recognized with the prestigious Label A. Katz Young Leadership Award, which B’nai B’rith International bestows upon individuals under 45 years of age for outstanding service.
Saltzman has supported local B’nai B’rith projects that represent a microcosm of the mission of the international organization. B’nai B’rith of the Rockies awards college scholarships to high school students, supports Holocaust education and disaster relief, sponsors visits to Jewish prisoners at Canon City and advocates for human rights issues at local, national and international levels. One of the chapter’s best-known projects today is the annual Leadville, Colorado Jewish Cemetery clean-up weekend, which is planned for June 22-24 this year.
B’nai B’rith International is also engaged in global disaster relief efforts. Since 1865, the organization has raised and distributed aid to populations impacted by natural and man-made catastrophes around the world.
In addition to its global reach, the organization founded many recognizable institutions in the U.S. Jewish community, including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Hillel Houses on college campuses and the BBYO youth organization.
Also on the domestic front, B’nai B’rith is the largest national Jewish sponsor of low-income housing for seniors. Working in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the organization has 38 buildings in 28 communities — more than 4,000 apartment units for some 5,000 people. In 2017 Saltzman participated in the annual B’nai B’rith Conference on Senior Housing.
This year, B’nai B’rith International observes its 175th anniversary. It was launched by a group of men meeting at Sinsheimer’s Café on New York’s lower east side on Oct. 13, 1843 to combat the untenable conditions facing Jews in the United States.
Saltzman is the managing member and co-owner of the CPA firm The Wenner Group, LLC and co-owner of Transitions Wealth Management, LLC. He holds a PFS designation by the AICPA. He is a graduate of Denver’s George Washington High School and the University of Colorado.
Attending the recognition dinner will be Saltzman’s wife of 45 years, Judy, their children Sol and Rebecca and their families.