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Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society

The Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society (RMJHS) is one of the premier local Jewish historical societies in the United States. It is the largest and most exhaustive historical society of its kind in the region.

With its Ira M. and Peryle Hayutin Beck Memorial Archives, the Historical Society preserves the fascinating history of Jews in the West and serves the needs of scholars and other individuals interested in historical research.

Call to make an appointment to visit RMJHS to gain access to:

  • our archives—an on-site and online repository of photos, oral histories and other documents
  • exhibits about the Jewish experience in the Rocky Mountain West
  • rich resources for researchers, such as genealogical documentation and curriculum guides
  • a peek into Jewish history via videos and publications

Learn more about the RMJHS and its founding.

A Legacy of Healing: Jewish Leadership in Colorado's Health Care

Guest curated by RMJHS's Dr. Jeanne Abrams from the University of Denver Libraries' Beck Archives, this exciting exhibit at History Colorado  tells the story of the Jewish community's role in revolutionizing our state's health care in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

A Legacy of Healing is on view from November 17, 2019 through April 19, 2020.

Dr. Jeanne Abrams was interviewed by Colorado's 9News for a feature on the exhibit! The segment aired on Feb. 3, 2020. WATCH THE CLIP HERE!

Take a look at some of the great press coverage for A Legacy of Healing:

Hyperallergic (Jan. 7, 2020)

Durango Herald (Dec. 27, 2019)

5280 (Nov. 13, 2019)


A Rosenberg by Any Other Name: The History of Jewish Name Changing in America

with Dr. Kerstin Fermaglich

Photo of Dr. Kerstin Fermaglich
Kirsten Fermaglich teaches history and Jewish Studies at Michigan State University. Her new book, A Rosenberg by Any Other Name (NYU Press, 2018), explores the previously unknown history of Jewish name change petitions in 20th Century New York City. Thousands of ordinary Jewish men, women, and children changed their names legally and voluntarily in order to respond to an upsurge of antisemitism, while remaining active members of the Jewish community. Dr. Fermaglich won the 2019 Saul Viener Book Prize for A Rosenberg by Any Other Name.

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

East Side Kosher Deli, 499 S. Elm St., Denver CO 

RMJHS is pleased to announce a new fellowship research grant!


Click here for more information, including application procedures.

RMJHS is pleased to announce its participation in Live On | LIFE & LEGACY™

The Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society is excited to announce that we have been selected to participate with 27 other local Jewish organizations in Live On | LIFE & LEGACY™, a program that supports Jewish organizations in securing legacy gifts.

Live On: Build Your Jewish Legacy, an initiative of Rose Community Foundation, and LIFE & LEGACY™, a partnership program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, have joined together to strengthen the Greater Denver/Boulder Jewish communities by encouraging endowment building and legacy giving. Live On | LIFE & LEGACY™ provides training, support, and incentive grants to the participating organizations to encourage legacy gift solicitations and donor commitments that will benefit Jewish organizations for future generations.

For more information on the Live On | LIFE & LEGACY™ project, click here.

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