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
, CJS hosts annual visiting scholars, performing artists, authors, poets and filmmakers from around the world.
We offer a
in Judaic Studies, and a number of
joint MA and PhD degrees
with programs across campus. We are home to the
Holocaust Awareness Institute
Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site
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
Religious Existentialism Fall 2015 Course (Sept-Nov, 2015)
Eradicating Hate: A Paper Trail of Nazi Practice
Sign-Up Your Class/Group for Eradicating Hate (Oct. 7-9, 2015)
Hebrew Seminar 2015: Technology in the Hebrew Classroom (Oct. 9-11, 2015)
Israeli Immigrant Teens: Educational Contexts & Social Identity with Dr. Doly Levi (Oct. 12)
Jews & Booze: Becoming Americans in the Age of Prohibition (RMJHS Annual Mtg.; Oct. 18)
13th Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture: Screening of 50 Children
Bialik: Modern Hebrew Poet of Memory & Hope with Dr. Rachel Korazim (Oct. 21, 2015)
Educator Flier for October Holocaust Awareness Events
CENTER FOR JUDAIC STUDIES SPOTLIGHT
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Recipients Announced for the 2015 Dr. Irwin E. Vinnik Fellowship for the Advanced Study of Israel
Join us in congratulating this year's recipients of the Vinnik Fellowship! Stay tuned for more information about their upcoming educational adventures, and for the 2016 call for proposals. In the meantime, check out the biographies of this year's winners, plus links to past projects by clicking here.
CJS Sponsors the DU Native American Student Alliance Pow-wow!
As part of our commitment to celebrating diversity across campus and in the greater Denver community, CJS continues to co-sponsor the DU Native American Student Alliance annual Pow-wow! This year's pow-wow took place on May 3, 2015, marking the 5th anniversary of the annual New Beginnings Spring Powwow. The event has become a campus-wide event with support from the Chancellor's office, DU Programming Board and the Center for Multicultural Excellence.
In Native American communities, a powwow is a social gathering, a time when dance and music honor the resilient cultural history of Native American people and tradition. A pow-wow encompasses a variety of educational experiences including history and art. This cultural celebration will enable our university and community to foster fellowship with the city of Denver and Native Peoples of the North and Southwest. For this reason, we wish to share this stunning and unique culture experience with our peers and community.
The vibrant display of American Indian culture is offered free and open to the University of Denver community and the city of Denver. The beauty of a pow-wow resides in its overreaching unity and sanctity. People of all tribal affiliations and races can participate in a powwow. Also during the powwow a brief history and information of each performance was be presented.
Hebrew Students Learn to Cook Israeli Food!
This spring, Prof. Sari Havis' Hebrew classes visited DU's Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management where they learned to cook traditional Israeli food. Here are Shira, Yaakov, and Alex preparing to make a beautiful Israeli salad!
Judaic Studies Spring internship with Hazon for its annual Food Festival
This Judaic Studies Spring Internship with Hazon will explore food, sustainability, and spirituality through hands-on projects and select readings. Work with Hazon
Colorado to produce their annual food festival on May 17, 2015. Interns will earn college credit & gain valuable on-the-job experience while working 10-15 flexible hours a week.
Off-campus internship requirements:
• Support the production of fun and innovative programming.
• Create foodie/environmental “activity kits” for exhibitors.
• Research and recruit food vendors.
• Help coordinate event volunteers.
• Disseminate marketing material.
• Assist with event set-up and cleanup.
On-campus internship requirements:
• Read Jewish texts on food/sustainability/spirituality.
• Discuss readings with Prof. Sarah Pessin (faculty in Philosophy and Judaic Studies)
• Write 5-page paper synthesizing readings with off-campus experience
Download the internship description, complete with how to apply.
Learn more Hazon (Colorado).
CJS in the community
Dr. Jeanne Abrams, CJS Faculty and Director of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and Beck Archives, was interviewed on "How tuberculosis fueled Colorado's growth" for
Colorado Public Radio
. Listen to the interview here:
How tuberculosis fueled Colorado's growth
- As part of University College’s Enrichment Program, Dr. Jonathan Sciarcon, Assistant Professor of History and Judaic Studies, will teach the two session evening course (Wed., 6:30-8:30 p.m., Mar. 25, Apr. 1, 2015),
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Israeli Perspectives
Click here to find out more and register for the course.
RMJHS co-sponsors B'nai B'rith conversation with John Rosengren, author of
Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes
Find out details of the event here
- CJS director, Dr. Sarah Pessin, gave the following three talks in March 2015, in Milwaukee:
Levinas and the Paradoxes of Justice
, for the Milwaukee Jewish Studies Colloquium, The Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies, UW-Milwaukee
Love in the Jewish Philosophical Tradition
, for Philosophy in Support of Religion in the Abrahamic Traditions in the Middle Ages, Marquette University
- Participant in the Averroes-Maimonides Roundtable, Marquette University
Click here for upcoming CJS events!
Click here for past CJS events!
Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions Conference, July 8-10, 2015