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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.


"Music & Hope: The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer" 14th Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture (Nov 6, 2016)

DU Speaks Justice Nomination Form (Ongoing); click here for more information.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the American Jewish Experience (call for support) 

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


 CJS honoring the memory of Sandy Vinnik...(read more)

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Mor's book, 2nd Jewish Revolt
CJS donates 93 volumes to the Auraria Library collection!

In July 2016, CJS partnered with Auraria Library to increase the number of Judaica and Holocaust education resources available in the Denver area.

Serving University of Colorado Denver, Metro State University, and the Community College of Denver, the Auraria Library is a thriving, academic library at the edge of downtown. The library is very excited to have expanded their offerings in the areas of Judaica and Holocaust Studies, acquiring 93 volumes of CJS's Community Education Collection.

For more information on how your organization (school, library, community org, institution, etc.) can work with CJS to enhance your book collection, email us at






Hebrew Cooking Class
DU students learn to cook Israeli food in Hebrew class!

Hands-on learning never tasted so good! As a closing activity for a unit on food, Prof. Sari Havis' Hebrew classes learned to make Israeli food "b'ivrit" ("in Hebrew"), while practicing their newfound language skills. For more photographs of the fun, click here.

Thank you, Prof. Havis, for going the extra mile to make learning memorable for DU students. Cheers!





Jeanne Abrams

Dr. Jeanne Abrams interviewed on her book Revolutionary Medicine: The Founding Fathers and Mothers in Sickness and in Health.

Jeanne Abrams, professor at the University Libraries and the Center for Judaic Studies, was interviewed for the Salt Lake City Deseret News about her book Revolutionary Medicine: The Founding Fathers and Mothers in Sickness and in Health.

She discusses the medical knowledge and general health of the founding fathers, and also treatments common in the Revolutionary era. "In that era, people still looked at health in terms of the four humors (Hippocrates' theory that blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm had to be balanced in the body)," she said. "If you had a fever, perhaps it was because you had too much blood and some needed to come out, hence the almost ubiquitous use of bleeding for almost all illnesses." 

To read the complete interview, click here.




CO State Senate

HAI named in State Senate Joint Resolution Declaring May 1-8, 2016 Holocaust Awareness Week

The Holocaust Awareness Institute is proud to share that we have again been named as a witness to the annual State Senate Joint Resolution "Concerning the Declaration of May 1, 2016 Through May 8, 2016 as Holocaust Awareness Week" adopted by the General Assembly during the 2016 legislative session.

Please click here to see a copy of the Resolution.

For more information on the Holocaust Awareness Institute, please click here.




 Alison Schofield
Dr. Alison Schofield's sold-out lecture "How the Bible Became a Book" now available online!

Over 500 Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS) alums, faculty and students gathered in May for the annual Alumni Reception and John C. Livingston Lecture. This year's lecture, presented by Dr. Alison Schofield, associate professor of religious and judaic studies, was entitled "How the Bible Became a Book: The Rise of Scripture in Judaism and Christianity."

Professor Schofield described some of the dynamic history of the various texts that eventually made it into a best-selling collection of scripture. She explained that the Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient sources can inform us about the origin and early history of the Bible as sacred book.

To watch Dr. Schofield's lecture, click here.


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PAT Video Conference

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