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
"Wall at the Border: How Contemporary Nativism Echoes Anti-Semitic Immigration Restrictions of an Earlier Era" lunch & lecture with Dr. Alan Kraut, RMJHS John C. Livingston Lecture in American Jewish History (Jan 8, East Side Kosher Deli)
Stay tuned for the debut of additional Winter + Spring fliers!
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
Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the American Jewish Experience (call for support)
[For more information on these and other events, see our full calendar.]
CENTER FOR JUDAIC STUDIES SPOTLIGHT
CJS honoring the memory of Sandy Vinnik...(read more)
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CJS launches a series of intercultural, graduate student cook-ins, beginning with Sephardic food and culture!
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, and it was a huge success!
For the pilot version of this new series of cook-ins, graduate students from across campus gathered to cook authentic Sephardic Jewish dishes, which were then served at the Evening of Sephardic Food & Culture, a feast open to the entire DU community. 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, good company, and, of course, good coloring and play-dough shaping!
For fantastic photos of the entire evening, check out our Facebook page by clicking here (and a big "thank you" to Patricia Guerra of CJS for taking such great shots)!
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!
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The 14th Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture marks the lecture's first ever sold-out event!
On Nov. 6, 2016, local educator and performer Judy Winnick performed "Music & Hope: The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer," an original one-woman, one-act play, for the Marcus Lecture's first-ever sold-out crowd. The event was held in partnership with the JAAMM Festival at the Mizel Arts and Cultures Center (MACC) at the JCC.
This year, the Marcus Lecture was attended by students from across the Front Range, including the University of Denver, Metro State University, Regis University, Front Range Community College, Community College of Aurora, and Mullen High School.
Thank you to Judy Winnick for an outstanding and thought-provoking performance, as well as all of the CJS staff and community members who helped make this event such a success.
For photos of the 2016 Marcus Lecture, please click here.
Dr. Adam Rovner (CJS & English) named by Intermountain Jewish News as a 2016 VIP!
CJS is proud to announce that Dr. Adam Rover has been recognized by Intermountain Jewish News (IJN) as a VIP of the Denver area!
Dr. Rovner was recognized for his book In the Shadow of Zion: Promised Lands Before Israel (NYU Press, 2014), and also a short documentary film, No Land Without Heaven: Isaac Nachman Steinberg and the Freeland League.
A brief interview of Dr. Rovner was published in the Nov. 18 issue of IJN. To read the full interview, visit the IJN webpage or come into Sturm #157 to peruse our copy.
Congratulations to Dr. Rovner!
Dr. Jonathan Sciarcon's forthcoming book is officially announced!
Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Sciarcon, Assistant Professor of Jewish History, on the acceptance of his manuscript for publication at SUNY Press!
Educational Oases in the Desert: The Alliance Israelite Universelle's Girls' Schools in Ottoman Iraq, 1895-1915 is due out in 2017. More information will be added to the publisher's webpage and the CJS webpage in the coming months.
In the meantime, please join us in celebrating this milestone event!
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Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions Conference, July 8-10, 2015