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Center for Judaic Studies

Advancing knowledge of Jewish history, thought and culture through learning, intercultural dialogue, and social action.


The Center for Judaic Studies (CJS) is a vibrant source of in-depth Jewish learning on campus and across Colorado.

Our faculty are research and teaching experts in a wide range of interdisciplinary areas of Judaic Studies. Their work is internationally recognized, and they offer an impressive annual lineup of undergraduate and graduate courses in fields of Jewish history, religion, language, literature, philosophy, film, and culture.

In addition to being home to our own faculty experts , CJS hosts annual visiting scholars, performing artists, authors, poets and filmmakers from around the world.

We offer a minor in Judaic Studies, and a number of joint MA and PhD degrees with programs across campus. We are home to the Holocaust Awareness Institute , the Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site and The Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society . We also serve the broader community through many annual events and co-sponsored activities across Colorado.



4-in-1 CJS Event Flier, Fall 2016

Arendt & Heidegger: Technology, Mass Society, and the Banality of Evil with visiting professor Dr. Richard Wolin (CUNY, Sept. 22)

'What is Sephardic?' 4-Events! Grad-Student Cook-In, Evening of Culture & 2- Music Performances (Sept. 23, 29 & Oct. 1)

"Divisive Discourse in Politics" Series, including "Divisive Discourse: Religion" (Sept. 26, Oct. 10, 17)

The Forgiveness Dialogues: An Interfaith Conversation (Sept. 27 @ Regis University)

Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom by The Guy Mendilow Ensemble/JCC Performance (Oct. 1)

"God: The Talk-Back" a mini-course with Dr. Sarah Pessin (CJS) & Dr. Greg Robbins (Religious Studies; Oct. 6, 15, 20)

Special DU Event: A Conversation with Efraim Zuroff, the Last Nazi Hunter (Nov. 2)

"Music & Hope: The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer" 14th Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture (Nov. 6)

RMJHS Annual Meeting, a screening of "Jewish Pioneers" + exhibit (Nov. 13)

Ongoing Projects:

Check the Interfaith Calendar: A How-To

DU Speaks Justice Nomination Form (Ongoing); click here for more information.

Self-Guided Walking Tour of CJS, HAI & RMJHS Exhibits & Spaces

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the American Jewish Experience (call for support) 

[For more information on these and other events, see our full calendar.]


 CJS honoring the memory of Sandy Vinnik...(read more)

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Mor's book, 2nd Jewish Revolt
CJS donates 93 volumes to the Auraria Library collection!

In July 2016, CJS partnered with Auraria Library to increase the number of Judaica and Holocaust education resources available in the Denver area.

Serving University of Colorado Denver, Metro State University, and the Community College of Denver, the Auraria Library is a thriving, academic library at the edge of downtown. The library is very excited to have expanded their offerings in the areas of Judaica and Holocaust Studies, acquiring 93 volumes of CJS's Community Education Collection.

For more information on how your organization (school, library, community org, institution, etc.) can work with CJS to enhance your book collection, email us at





New CJS Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, and Inclusive Excellence at the Center for Judaic Studies!

In preparation for our upcoming CJS Diversity Initiative, Dr. Sarah Pessin (Director) and Dr. Amy Balogh (Program Manager) have drafted the CJS Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, and Inclusive Excellence at the Center for Judaic Studies.

Read this exciting new statement by clicking here; for more information on our upcoming CJS Diversity Initiative, check the special-edition of our e-newsletter coming mid-September!

Not subscribed? Email us at to be added to our e-list!




Jeanne Abrams

New Beck Archives online exhibit, "Chasing the Cure," is now available!

After much hard work, Thyria Wilson, Archivist and Reference Specialist of the Beck Archives, has launched a new online exhibit about Colorado's early history as a destination for tuberculosis patients, titled "Chasing the Cure."

Because of its high altitude and sunny, temperate climate, by the 1880s Colorado had earned an international reputation as "The World's Sanatorium." The state's small Jewish community was the first to come forward to aid consumptives who arrived in droves to "chase the cure" for tuberculosis, or "The White Plague," as it was also known, the leading cause of death in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century America.

Dr. Jeanne Abrams provided the text for this exhibit, which is based on her monograph Blazing the Tuberculosis Trail.

View the exhibit by clicking here.





CO State Senate

HAI named in State Senate Joint Resolution Declaring May 1-8, 2016 Holocaust Awareness Week

The Holocaust Awareness Institute is proud to share that we have again been named as a witness to the annual State Senate Joint Resolution "Concerning the Declaration of May 1, 2016 Through May 8, 2016 as Holocaust Awareness Week" adopted by the General Assembly during the 2016 legislative session.

Please click here to see a copy of the Resolution.

For more information on the Holocaust Awareness Institute, please click here.




 Alison Schofield
Dr. Alison Schofield's sold-out lecture "How the Bible Became a Book" now available online!

Over 500 Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS) alums, faculty and students gathered in May for the annual Alumni Reception and John C. Livingston Lecture. This year's lecture, presented by Dr. Alison Schofield, associate professor of religious and judaic studies, was entitled "How the Bible Became a Book: The Rise of Scripture in Judaism and Christianity."

Professor Schofield described some of the dynamic history of the various texts that eventually made it into a best-selling collection of scripture. She explained that the Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient sources can inform us about the origin and early history of the Bible as sacred book.

To watch Dr. Schofield's lecture, click here.


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PAT Video Conference

Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions Conference, July 8-10, 2015