Professor Sari Havis is the coordinator of our Hebrew Language Program at DU. Havis teaches elementary and intermediate Hebrew, as well as courses in Israeli Culture. She is a key member of the Test Development Committee of the SAT Subject Test in Modern Hebrew and is a member of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH) pedagogical committee of Modern Hebrew, and was recently invited to join an ad hoc committee of the Council for Hebrew Language in North America that is to provide WZO (The World Zionist Organization) with a list of strategies and initiatives that they may support in order to advance the cause of Hebrew in North America.
Sari's yearly collaborative projects with academic colleges in Israel not only facilitate direct interaction between her Hebrew and film class students and their Israeli counterparts but they also reflect and expand CJS spirit of sharing and improving globalized social efforts.
With the new development of new third year Hebrew courses: Aspects of Modern Hebrew and Israeli Television and Cinema: Representing Cultural Diversity in Israeli Life DU now offers a minor in Hebrew in addition to a Minor in Judaic Studies with emphasis in Hebrew.
Twice the recipient of the Dr. Irwin E. Vinnik Fellowship award (2011 and 2014), Sari attended the Jerusalem International Film Festival and formed new contacts with Israeli film producers and distributors as well as the Yad VaShem International Conference learning about education challenges of passing the Holocaust Legacy from generation to generation and using film and documentation to preserve the representation of the Holocaust. Four times recipient of the Women's Library Association Research Collection Development Grant, Sari continues to expand the Israeli film shelf at Penrose library and enrich her film classes.
Since her arrival to DU, Sari co-organized, in October 2011 and in October 2013, the Hebrew Seminar, a major international Hebrew conference at DU. This year, Sari co-chairs the seminar that will take place in Amherst, MA in November 2014. Working under Sari's leadership, CJS was proud to sponsor a number of local Denver Jewish Day School teachers as part of this important Hebrew education event in Denver.
MA, University of Kansas