At the Center for Judaic Studies, we educate University students and the Colorado community through interdisciplinary coursework and programming. Through the Rocky Mountain Jewish History Society and the Holocaust Awareness Institute, we support critical education for teachers and students, research opportunities through the Beck Archives and transformative stories from Holocaust survivors. Your donations help us advance knowledge of Jewish history and culture on campus and across Colorado.

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Center for Judaic Studies

Donations to the Center for Judaic Studies enable us to continue to offer programming highlighting diverse aspects of Jewish culture to DU students and to the larger community.

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Supported Initiatives Include

  • The Israel Cultures Initiative, promoting research, study, and education around Israeli cultures, histories and identities;
  • The Dr. Helen Morris Post-doctoral Fellowship in the American Jewish Experience, providing for advanced study and teaching on diverse expressions of Jewish life in the United States;
  • The Vinnik Evening of Jewish Culture, featuring a filmmaker and film presented in partnership with the Denver Jewish Film Festival;
  • The Paul and Caz Eldridge Fund for Judaic Studies and Cultural Diversity, supporting creative programming in Judaic Studies and cultural diversity, interreligious bridge building, and racial equity and healing.

Holocaust Awareness Institute

Donations to the Holocaust Awareness Institute support educational programming and initiatives to promote understanding and explore the meaning of the Shoah and its lessons for future generations.

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Supported Initiatives Include

  • The Witness to History: Holocaust Education Today educational website, a curricular resource to support Holocaust education in Colorado schools featuring the stories of survivors who made their home in Colorado, embedded in a timeline of events and maps to provide historical and geographic context;
  • The Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture invites scholars, authors and filmmakers to present new scholarship and perspectives on the Holocaust; 
  • An Endowed Chair of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, ensuring continued academic excellence in Holocaust education and programming.

Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society

Donations to the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society support programming highlighting the rich history of the Jewish experience in the United States and the American West, in particular.

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Supported Initiatives Include

  • The Professor John C. Livingston Memorial Lecture, presenting new scholarship in American Jewish history;
  • The annual RMJHS Heritage Awards, recognizing exceptional achievement by members of the Colorado Jewish community;
  • The Endowed Directorship of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society, ensuring the continuation of RMJHS’ efforts to preserve and publicize the vibrant history of the Jewish experience in America and specifically the Rocky Mountain region.

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Jennifer Garner

Executive Director of Development

Tonya Kelly

Senior Director of Development

Hannah Thompson

Director of Alumni Relations