Taryn's Reflections on her Judaic Studies minor with an emphasis in Hebrew at DU:
"Because I have taken almost every course offered by Professor Havis, it is hard for me to put into words everything I have gained. Growing up studying Hebrew, I have always found comfort in the language. Coming to the University of Denver, I had to acclimate to my new surroundings and taking a Hebrew class made me feel a connection to my roots. My Hebrew has greatly improved but importantly, my perception of Israeli society and issues Israelis face day to day have provided me with a stark contrast between life in Israel and my life in the United States. In these courses, my classmates and I have been able to explore and better understand together the meanings of identity, culture, and religion, each one of us with varying opinions on those topics. I have learned a great deal and I know the lessons and knowledge I have acquired will continue to be relevant throughout my life.
Being a Judaic Studies minor with an emphasis in Hebrew has allowed me to strive to be better academically. Professor Havis asks a lot from her students but she gives even more. I have also made close, personal friendships with my small class of students, which has allowed me to have great experiences in all of my courses."
Taryn was recently tapped for the Mortar Board, one of only a few select students on DU's campus to join this premier national honor society recognizing college students for superior achievement in scholarship, leadership and service.
(Ilana) Taryn Kaufman, International Studies Major, Art and Judaic Studies minor '15