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The Center for Judaic Studies organizes and hosts campus and community events, providing students and community members unique learning opportunities with a diverse array of scholars and artists from around the world.

CJS partners with departments, faculty, and student groups across campus, as well as with organizations across Colorado and around the globe on a range of Judaic Studies, Social Justice, Inclusive Excellence, and Internationalization programs. We bring world-famous scholars, authors, film-makers, poets, artists, and performers to campus, and we host national and international conferences that explore Judaic Studies topics across a variety of disciplines.

We additionally offer various fellowships and awards to help students and community members continue to deepen their Judaic Studies learning on campus and beyond.


CJS joins Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, Sing for Hope, and Lang Lang International Music Foundation and a network of100+ institutions around the world to present

We Are Here: A Celebration of Resilience, Resistance, and Hope

Sunday, June 14, 12:00 PM Mountain Time

The last three words of the Partisan Song – the anthem of resistance during the Holocaust – are "We Are Here." This special livestreamed concert event commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 77th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, even as it speaks to the challenges of the current moment.

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising — in which 13,000 Jews died fighting Nazi oppression in April and May 1943 — was the largest single act of resistance during the Holocaust. The Uprising was the inspiration for "Zog nit keyn mol" (Yiddish: "Never Say"), also known as the "Partisan Song," which was written in 1943 by Hirsch Glick while he was in the Vilna Ghetto. The song, which exemplifies Jewish resistance to Nazi persecution, resonates today with themes of resistance, resilience, and hope. Join us as we recite the song this Sunday along with Whoopi Goldberg, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Adrien Brody, Mayim Bialik, Jackie Hoffman, and Tiffany Haddish, and other public figures from all walks of life.

In the face of racism, antisemitism, and the global crisis of COVID-19, institutions around the Jewish world will gather this Sunday for songs of hope. Join us for performances from opera stars Joyce DiDonato, Renee Fleming, and John Brancy; Broadway stars Lea Salonga, Steven Skybell, and Jelani Remy; and world renowned pianist Lang Lang.

The program also will feature an interview by The Forward Editor-in-Chief Jodi Rudoren with Nancy Spielberg, Roberta Grossman, and Sam Kassow about their film Who Will Write Our History, which chronicles the story of Oneg Shabbat, the group that daringly preserved the history of the Warsaw Ghetto. The Forward is the event's media sponsor. 
Find more info and tune in to view the program at

CJS is proud to sponsor this virtual program in partnership with the ADL and other great organizations in our community. RSVP here to join us on June 17th!

June 17, 2020 02:00 PM (Mountain Time Zone)

The German Nazi State's objective of removing all Jews from Europe generally – and all of the land the Nazi State controlled more broadly – could not have been undertaken without the complicity and support of the German legal profession. In brief, the German legal profession was a willing and often enthusiastic accomplice to the tragic genocide. Practicing lawyers, prosecutors, and judges worked hand-in-glove with the Nazi leadership to convert Nazi policy objectives into the German legal code. Moreover, attorneys in numerous state agencies and ministries prepared government-issued pronouncements that both clarified the purpose of legislation and manipulated its implementation. This presentation will focus on the role played by the German legal profession in aiding and assisting the Nazis' genocidal efforts against the Jewish population.

ADL - Anti-Defamation League (Mountain States)