SHE: Embodied Judaism Symposium & Exhibit

SHE: Third Biannual Embodied Judaism Symposium and Exhibit
Thursday, November 2, 2017 @ 5:00PM - 7:00PM
British and Irish Studies Room, M549, Norlin Library
University of Colorado Boulder campus
Space is limited; RSVPs are required to

Who is She? The Shekhinah, which derives from the Hebrew word for "dwell or settle," is a feminine divine presence, guiding and protecting men and women everywhere. She is power, wisdom, and compassion and has influenced Jews from the ancient world through Second and Third Wave feminism and into the transgender and environmental concerns of the present day. Who is She, how has She empowered us, and how does She appear to us today?

SHE, the third biannual Embodied Judaism Symposium, will explore the concept of Shekhinah, drawing on materials in the Post-Holocaust American Judaism Collections held at the University of Coloraod Boulder. The symposium will feature insight and embodied presentations from Rabbi Dr. Tirzah FirestoneProfessor Joy Ladin, and Professor Samuel Boyd as well as an original performance from dancer and choreographer Robert Sher-Machherndl. The symposium will be accompanied by an exhibit exploring the concept of Shekhinah, which will be on display in CU Boulder's Norlin Library.

The 2017 symposium and exhibit are hosted by the Program in Jewish Studies and the Univeristy Libraries' Special Collections and Archives and made possible by support from Rose Community Foundation, an Innovative Seed Grant, and university cosponsors.

About the Embodied Judaism Series

The Embodied Judaism Series, held biannually on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, draws on materials housed in the Post-Holocaust American Judaism Collections to explore the role of the body in Jewish life through public symposiums featuring academic scholars, prominent practitioners, and artistic performers, and multimedia exhibits aimed at academic and non-academic audiences. It is a partnership between the Program in Jewish Studies, University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives, and cosponsors.

Learn more about the Embodied Judaism Series.

15th Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture

Chasing Portraits: A Holocaust Survivor's Daughter Searches for Her Family's Lost Art Legacy with Elizabeth Rynecki

Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Elaine Wolf Theatre, MACC @ the JCC | 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, CO 80246 

Purchase Tickets Online | Free tickets available for students, educators & Holocaust survivors by calling 303-316-6360.

Author Elizabeth RyneckiThe University of Denver Center for Judaic Studies, the University of Colorado Boulder Program in Jewish Studies, and the University of Colorado Boulder Religious Studies are pleased to present Elizabeth Rynecki as the 15th Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecturer. She is the author of Chasing Portraits: A Great-Granddaughter's Quest for Her Lost Art Legacy, a memoir that shows one woman's emotional quest to find the art of her Polish-Jewish great-grandfather lost during World War II. 

Join us to learn more about the Holocaust from the perspective of looted art as Rynecki shares her compelling story about hunting for lost pieces of her great-grandfather's legacy for over two decades, setting upon a journey to seek out what had been lost but never forgotten. This event will take place on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 4:00 PM. Free tickets and transportation are avaliable for CU Boulder students, faculty, and staff. If you need transportation, you must RSVP to so we can have an accurate head count.

"In recent years, there has been an increase in the awareness of the problem of looted and stolen art, and Chasing Portraits makes an important contribution to the field. But it's much more than just a tale of detective work. Elizabeth Rynecki's story is transcendent, presenting the reader with an elevated level of passion and duty. For this reason, it sets itself apart from the rest of the field."
Anthony M. Amore, Author of Stealing Rembrandts and The Art of the Con

About Elizabeth and Moshe Ryencki

Elizabeth is the great-granddaughter of Moshe Rynecki, an artist born near Warsaw in 1881. Moshe began drawing at an early age. According to family lore, he used chalk, or sometimes paint when available, to draw on the floor and walls of his home. According to a report published in 1907, Moshe attended the Warsaw Academy of Art. He went on to paint that which he knew best – the Polish-Jewish community. At the outbreak of the Second World War, Moshe became concerned about preserving his life's work. He made the decision to divide his body of work, which reached close to 800 paintings and sculptures, into bundles and hide them in and around Warsaw. Moshe died in Majdanek and his daughter was murdered in the Warsaw Ghetto. His wife and son, along with his son's family, survived the war.

For many years the Rynecki family believed that just a single bundle survived. Fortunately, that was not the case, and Elizabeth has found a substantial number of previously "lost" works over the last several years. There are known to be 54 pieces in two museums in Warsaw. There are also privately held pieces in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Israel, and Poland. Elizabeth continues to update with academic research, educational resources and tracking lost Rynecki paintings.

This event is presented by the University of Denver Center for Judaic Studies and cosponsored by the University of Colorado Boulder Program in Jewish Studies and Religious Studies, Holocaust Awareness Institute, and Mizel Arts and Cultural Center. It is in partnership with the 10th Annual Neustadt JAAMM Festival. 

Mysticism Round Table

Jewish Mysticism Round Table

with David Sanders, Sarah Pessin, and Zvi Ish-Shalom

December 7, 2017

Mysticism has become increasingly central to American Judaism and increasingly accessible to American Jews. The Jewish Mysticism Working Group Roundtable aims to involve students, faculty, and community members in a discussion about various trends in and concerns of Jewish mysticism over time up to today. The Roundtable to be held on December 7, 2017 at the University of Colorado Boulder represents the inaugural session of the Program in Jewish Studies’ Working Group on Jewish Mysticism and will feature presentations by a number of notable scholars and practitioners of Jewish mysticism followed by audience discussion.