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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.

CURRENT CJS FLIERS, Readings & Things to do


15th Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture: From Witness to Perpetrator: The Active Role of Nazi Women in the Holocaust, a conversation with Prof. Wendy Lower (Claremont McKenna College) - Oct. 15, 2017

The 2017 Seminar in Hebrew Pedagogy - Oct. 20-22, 2017; click here to register

In-between: A One-Man Show written & performed by Ibrahim Miari - Oct. 23, 2017

Ongoing Projects:

Check the Interfaith Calendar: A How-To

DU Words of Healing Nomination Form (Ongoing); click here for more information.

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

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


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Sephardic Cook-In Students
CJS launches a series of intercultural, graduate student cook-ins!

On Thursday evening, September 29, CJS hosted the first ever DU Graduate Student Intercultural Cook-In in partnership with DU's Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management, featuring Sephardic Jewish cuisine, and it was a huge success... we had another one on February 22! This time, CJS worked with many partners across campus from to make the event truly intercultural. The result was a cook-in featuring foods Indigenous to the American Southwest titled Decolonizing Indigenous Diets.

All food was prepared under the supervision of Chef Tim Downs, in DU's very own teaching kitchen, before the students transitioned into an evening filled with good food and good company.

For fantastic photos of both evenings, check out our Facebook page by clicking here (and a big "thank you" to Patricia Guerra of CJS for taking such great shots)!

...and be sure to check our calendar for details about the next cook-in on May 3rd, which will feature Middle Eastern food!






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!




Paula Burger visit with Vanguard School

High school students from the Vanguard School visit with local Holocaust survivor Paula Burger & DU's Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site.

On April 22, 2017, a group of students from the Vanguard School in Colorado Springs came to Denver with their teacher, Mr. Nathan Hoepner, to visit with local Holocaust survivor Paula Burger, and to discuss the lessons of the Holocaust at DU's Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site (HMSAS).

The students' visit served as the capstone to their AP History unit on World War II. In preparation, they read Paula's memoir, Paula's Window: Papa, the Bielski Partisans, and a Life Unexpected, and some even watched the film Defiance, which is based on the true events Paula survived.

A huge "thank you" goes to Mr. Hoepner for reaching out to HAI and for working with us to make his classroom unit on the Holocaust a transformative experience. Hoepner says:

"Visiting the HAI was a great opportunity to reflect on the Holocaust, and evaluate what we should learn from it, in a focused environment free of distractions. It was a fitting culmination to our Holocaust seminar. The discussion time with Paula Burger was eye-opening for the students and for me as well, they loved her!"

For information on how you can incorporate a speaker and/or campus visit into your educational programming or curriculum, email the Holocaust Awareness Institute at






Hebrew student spotlight: David Krouwer, an alumni of our Hebrew Program with an M.A. in Religious Studies at DU, now studies archaeology in Israel!

CJS is proud to spotlight David Krouwer, an alumni of our Hebrew Program, for his work as an archaeologist-in-training in the M.A. Program at the Nadler Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University.

To hear a 2.5-minute clip about David's experience in Israel, and how his work with CJS Hebrew Professor Sari Havis prepared him for his studies, please click here: 





A Highlight from the Beck Archives: The Winter-Weiss Company.

When the automotive industry began to boom in the 1920s, two Colorado Jews — Henry Winter (president) and Adolph Weiss (secretary) — started a modest truck body manufacturing business in Denver. Before long, the Winter-Weiss Company became a leading regional and national specialist in custom automotive body work. 

They created ambulances from cutting a passenger car in two and adding a section, manufactured the first motor-driven delivery vans for Coors and Denver Rainbow Bread Company, and in the 1930s built the first bookmobile for the Denver Public Library. They also built the first gas-engine trains to climb Pikes Peak.

Beginning in the 1940s, Winter-Weiss manufactured drilling equipment for the oil industry, and became a defense contractor for the U.S. army during World War II.

The photographs on the left feature women sitting on Indian motorcycles with Winter-Weiss custom sidecars, one in the shape of a milk bottle and the other in the shape of a house. Both photographs were taken at an auto-show at Madison Square Gardens in NYC in the early 1930s.

For a closer look at the photos, click here.



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PAT Video Conference

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