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Center for Judaic Studies

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The Center for Judaic Studies is proud to work with many campus and community groups including:


  • Anderson Academic Commons—The Ira M. and Peryle Hayutin Beck Archives of Rocky Mountain Jewish History (part of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society at CJS, directed by Dr. Jeanne Abrams) are housed at Anderson Academic Commons.
  • Center for Multicultural Excellence—CJS has helped to co-sponsor the University of Denver's Diversity Summit since 2010, including offering the Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site as a location for the Summit's kick-off event since 2011.
  • Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning—CJS works to integrate programming with CCESL students, most notably working with PUKSTA scholars in our Digital Storytelling for Social Justice program, in which we organized an outdoor screening of students' social justice films at the Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site.
  • Center for World Languages and Cultures—CJS has an ongoing academic relationship with CWLC in which we coordinate multicultural and multilingual programming, including intercultural events for students in DU's Hebrew and Arabic classes.
  • DU Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship (DULCCES)— CJS works with DULCCES to annually program a Latino heritage event focusing on Jewish-Latino history and culture.
  • Electronic Media Arts and Design—CJS co-sponsored "The Elusive Interval"—an evening of consciousness-raising video artwork temporarily installed at the Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site (November 2011).
  • English, Department of—CJS has a close relationship with the Department of English through Professor Adam Rovner, who is joint-appointed in both programs. CJS and English have collaborated on several programs including In Other Words: An International Symposium on Translation (2011). We also work together to bring to campus many visiting authors, including Etgar Keret, Annie Dawid, Alex Epstein, Nathan Englander, and Haim Watzman.
  • Gender and Women's Studies—GWST has co-sponsored with CJS on inclusive excellence projects, including the Digital Storytelling for Social Justice Project and 2012 visiting scholars Dr. Nancy Stockdale and Dr. Daniel Matt.
  • History, Department of—CJS is closely tied to the Department of History through Professor Jonathan Sciarcon, who is joint-appointed in both programs. Professor Sciarcon offers many opportunities for students and community members to engage in conversations about Middle Eastern history and politics.
    Additionally, Professor Jeanne Abrams, director of The Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society(RMJHS), also teaches a number of American Jewish history courses through CJS and the Department of History.
  • Languages and Literatures, Department ofProfessor Sari Havis, the coordinator of the Hebrew language program at DU, is joint-appointed in CJS and the Department of Languages and Literatures. Professor Havis brings many combined programming opportunities to Colorado, including an international Hebrew Seminar, a number of events related to Israeli cinema, as well as intercultural gatherings for students of Hebrew and Arabic at DU.
  • Media, Film and Journalism Studies (MFJS), Department of— The Department of MFJS partnered with CJS on several programs, including the Digital Storytelling for Social Justice Project and a 2012 screening of Journey for Vaan Nguyen, an Israeli film directed by Duki Dror.
  • Newman Center for Performing Arts—CJS helps co-sponsor many programs at the Newman Center, including Abraham Inc (2011) and Two Men Talking (2012).
  • Never Again!—Since DU alumnus Joel Portman created this Holocaust and genocide awareness organization, CJS has worked with student organizers to help raise awareness across campus and across the community.
  • Office of International Education—The Office of International Education (formerly Internationalization) and CJS/HAI co-sponsored an effort to bring to campus international student group Netzwerk. Students had a unique opportunity to talk with local artist and Holocaust survivor Paula Burger at the Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site.
  • Philosophy, Department of—CJS Director Professor Sarah Pessin is joint-appointed faculty in the Department of Philosophy and CJS. The two programs partner on the annual Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions conference and in bringing in a number of visiting scholars of Jewish philosophy.
  • Religious Studies, Department of—CJS has a strong relationship with the Department of Religious Studies through Professor Alison Schofield, who is joint-appointed by that department and CJS. Together, we hosted Dr. Carol Newsom, an internationally renowned Dead Sea Scrolls scholar (2010).
  • Social Justice Living and Learning Community—The Social Justice LLC has co-sponsored with CJS inclusive excellence projects, including the Digital Storytelling for Social Justice Project and programming with 2013 Holocaust Education Program "Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project".
  • Theatre, Department of—The Department of Theatre helped CJS bring to campus Israeli Actor Roy Horovitz, who performed My First Sony (2012).
  • Victoria H. Myhren Gallery—The Myhren Gallery co-sponsored the Digital Storytelling for Social Justice Project (2011) and has worked with CJS on a number of collaborative exhibits in its gallery space.

The following additional list of campus groups have co-sponsored Inclusive Excellence projects with CJS:

Daniels College of Business Inclusive Excellence Committee, Morgridge College of Education, Department of Psychology Diversity Committee, Student Life Division, Sturm College of Law, Traumatic Stress Studies Group, The Women's College


This is a partial (and growing!) list of just some of the organizations that we work with:

  • American Jewish Committee—CJS partnered with AJC on a Rose Community Foundation grant for a series of salon conversations about Israeli history and culture (2011-2013).
  • Allied Jewish Federation—The AJF is a regular co-sponsor of CJS events, including the Hamantasch-Latke Debate.
  • Anti-Defamation League—CJS and the ADL have partnered on numerous Holocaust Awareness Institute teacher trainings and special events.
  • BMH-BJ Synagogue, The Denver Synagogue—The Denver Synagogue worked with RMJHS to host the 22nd Annual Heritage Award Dinner, featuring the premiere screening of the documentary "Striking Liquid Gold: Colorado Jews in the Oil Industry." The Denver Synagogue also co-sponsors our annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture.
  • Buntport Theater—Since 2010, we have worked together to bring you The Great Hamantasch/Latke Debate in honor of the Jewish holiday of Purim!
  • Colorado Holocaust Educators—Colorado Holocaust Educators are an expertly trained cooperative of local Holocaust educators. CJS has partnered with them on a number of Holocaust Awareness teacher trainings.
  • Colorado Symphony Orchestra(CSO)—In April of 2008, we partnered with CSO on "Lost Music of the Holocaust".
  • Denver Academy of Torah (DAT)—CJS has partnered with DAT to include its Hebrew instructors in our Hebrew Seminar (2011).
  • Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA)—CJS has partnered with the DCPA on our annual Remembrance and Hope Dinner in 2010, featuring tickets to "Fiddler on the Roof" starring Harvey Feinstein. 
  • Denver Film Society (DFS)—CJS has worked with DFS on a number of events. For example, in April 2011 we co-hosted a screening of the documentary Killing Kasztner" followed by a talk-back with film director Gaylen Ross, and in  April 2012, we co-hosted an evening of film and conversation with award-winning, visiting Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman.
  • EKAR— CJS and EKAR are working to provide student opportunities to learn about Jewish Environmental Ethics and Urban Farming (2012-present).
  • Facing History and Ourselves—CJS and Facing History have partnered on Holocaust Awareness Teacher Trainings.
  • Hebrew Educational Alliance (HEA)—HEA has been a co-sponsor of our annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture for many years.
  • Hillel of Colorado—CJS and Hillel have partnered on numerous campus programming opportunities for students, most recently for Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week (April, 2012).
  • Holocaust Memorial Observances of Greeley and Northern Colorado
  • Illiff School of Theology—Iliff has been a co-sponsor of many interfaith programs, including Voices in Dialogue (April, 2011).
  • Judaism Your Way (JYW)—JYW has been a co-sponsor of the Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture for many years. CJS is also an annual co-sponsor of JYW's Shabbat Evening of Love.
  • Kabbalah Experience—In 2012, CJS, the Kabbalah Experience, and the Department of Jewish Life & Learning at JCC created the Denver Jewish Learning Collaborative which has worked to bring visiting scholars of Jewish thought and spirituality to the Denver community, including Daniel Matt and Rabbi Sheila Weinberg.
  • Mizel Arts and Culture Center at the Jewish Community Center (MACC at the JCC)— CJS and MACC have worked together to host numerous visiting artists and scholars, including Dr. Mitch Bard, filmmaker Duki Dror and Kabbalah expert Daniel Matt. Since October 2012, MACC features our annual Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture event as part of JAAMMfest.
  • Mizel Museum—CJS and Mizel Museum have worked together on art exhibits as well as Holocaust education initiatives. In July 2012, CJS partnered with Mizel and the Denver Film Society to present a series of Israeli films.
  • Rodef Shalom—CJS co-sponsored Yom HaShoah programming with Rodef Shalom in 2012. Rodef Shalom has also been an annual co-sponsor of our Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture.
  • Religious Advisory Council—The Religious Advisory Council has been a co-sponsor of many of our interfaith programs, including Voices in Dialogue (2011).
  • The YIZKOR Project—HAI co-sponsors many wonderful programs with this community partner.
  • USC Shoah Foundation—CJS is working with the USC Shoah Foundation to increase resources related to testimony in the Rocky Mountain Region, including the 11th Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture in Oct. 2013. 
  • Stand With Us—Stand With Us worked with CJS and other community organizations to help bring Dr. Mitch Bard to Denver (2011).
  • Theater Or—CJS has helped sponsor programming at Theater Or, including Apples From the Desert (2011).
  • United States Memorial Holocaust Museum (USHMM)—The Holocaust Awareness Institute partnered with the USHMM on our teacher trainings in 2010 and 2011, and we continue to work with the USHMM to offer educational resources to the Community.

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