If You Can’t Get to CU, CU Is Coming to the BJCC

menorah_logoWish you could attend one of the fascinating classes at CU offered by the Program in Jewish Studies? You could audit a class, as many Menorah participants do. Or you can sign up for Menorah‘s new Scholars’ Series, called CU at the J. This new year-long program features eight lectures by faculty members who will share their expertise with the community on Thursday nights at the Boulder JCC.

You may sign up for the entire series or for individual topics or professors of special interest. All lectures are free to students – high school, college, Naropa. Registration links are below.

The subjects have been chosen based on the professor’s research or teaching areas, with an eye to variety and personal interest. Professor Zilla Goodman has been teaching Hebrew for many years as well as Jewish culture and history. But since the long-time friend of the BJCC is from South Africa, and apartheid is highly topical these days, we asked her to speak about the Jewish involvement in the fight against apartheid.

Professor Elias Sacks has just published a scholarly book on Moses Mendelssohn, which he will condense into a one-hour survey course. His book, of course, will be available for purchase for those who want a more in-depth understanding of  the famed German Jewish philosopher whose ideas helped shaped the Haskalah (the ‘Jewish enlightenment’), and one of the first Jews to bring secular culture to those living an Orthodox life. 

Paul Levitt, a frequent and popular speaker at the Boulder JCC, will talk about his new novel and its strong Jewish content. Another generous BJCC speaker, Paul Shankman will give his popular talk on the American liberation of Nazi death camps.

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Mark Winokur, a professor in CU’s English department with a Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley, publishes and teaches on race, ethnicity, film/media, and digital media. As an affiliate faculty member of the PJS, he teaches on the influence of Jewish filmmakers on film, Hollywood and American culture. He will kick off the scholars’ series on Sept. 18 addressing the literary and societal influence of the Marx Brothers on Jewish identity.

Join us and discover why this relatively new CU department has established a national reputation for innovation and excellence.

The Marx Brothers and Jewish-American (literary) Identity.

With Professor Mark Winokur
Thursday, Sept. 18, 7 pm


Tel Aviv: Urban History and Culture in Israel
With Professor Liora Halperin
Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 pm


Apartheid and the Role of South African Jews
With Professor Zilla Goodman
Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 pm.


Soviet Jews, Re-Imagined: New Literature by Russian-born American Jewish Writers
With Professor Sasha Senderovich
Thursday, Dec. 4, 7 pm


A Living Script: Moses Mendelssohn’s Modern Judaism
With Professor Elias Zacks
Thursday, Jan. 15, 7 pm

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Spiritual Eldering: The Paradigm Shift Envisioned in Reb Zalman’s “From Age-ing to Sage-ing”
With Senior Instructor Deborah Fink Windrum
Thursday, Feb. 5, 7 m.
(Co-sponsored by Jewish Family Service)

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The American Liberation of the Nazi Concentration Camps
With Professor Paul Shankman
Thursday, Feb. 26, 7 pm


Dreams Bigger Than the Night: A Novel about American Nazis, Jewish Gangsters, and the Great Depression.
With Professor and author Paul Levitt
Thursday, April 30, 7 pm

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More to come next year: Professors David Shneer, Janet Jacobs, Davide Stimille, Brian Catlos and other esteemed faculty.

Tickets are available online for $12: $15 at the door
Series package $80 ($10 per program)

To Register: https://boulderjcc.wufoo.com/forms/cu-at-bjcc-a-scholars-series-mcu0914/

For students to register: https://boulderjcc.wufoo.com/forms/a-scholars-series-for-students-mcus0914/

About Kathryn Bernheimer

Kathryn has spent her professional life writing about, teaching, and presenting the arts. Founding Director of the Boulder Jewish Film Festival, Kathryn was Director of Menorah and ACE at the Boulder JCC from 2003 through August, 2019. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time." kathryn.bernheimer@gmail.com

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