Shared with the History Department by David's Family. 

Donations in David’s Memory

As a memorial for David, we’d like to raise funds to install a plaque at the Denver Botanic Gardens. David loved to be at the Gardens - it was his favorite place in Denver and is just a few blocks from our home. David, Sasha and I often used our special member key to enter the Gardens via the secret back gate. David would go alone or with me and Sasha to read, walk, or get some work done on his laptop. Even with Covid restrictions and his declining health, we had been going there regularly these past few months. A memorial there will be a place for those of us here in Colorado to visit regularly and remember him and his love of being outside in the beauty of the Gardens.

We also invite those who loved David to donate to increase the endowment for the James and Diane Shneer Endowed Fellowship Fund to support research in the Post-Holocaust American Judaism Archive at the University of Colorado, Boulder. David helped found the archive and the fund was originally created in honor of David’s parents on the occasion of Diane’s 70th birthday. We plan to rename the fund in David’s honor.

David’s family also encourages people to make donations to organizations or projects that are meaningful for them. Some that David felt a deep connection to include:

To donate to the James and Diane Shneer Endowed Fellowship Fund:

To donate to the Denver Botanic Gardens memorial, follow these instructions:
We'll pay tribute to David by dedicating a stone, tree, or bench at the Gardens in his name. "The specific plan will be driven by the total amount of contributions made in David’s name, and we will be sure to let everyone know when the tribute is completed and where the tribute will be within the Gardens for all to visit."

To contribute, please use this link:

Click on “donate” and then select the third blank option under “donation information” and enter your desired amount. Under “additional information,” no need to put anything in the “engraved message” field - we’ll take care of that once all donations are in. Be sure to put David’s name under “tribute information” so that all funds collected in David’s memory will be tracked by the Gardens. 

You can also call or email Rob Price, manager of annual giving, to donate: 720-865-3528, or

David’s Research, Scholarship and Public Life

For those who might not know the full extent of David’s public work as a scholar, teacher, writer and community leader, I invite you to browse through his personal web site:

Click here to see and hear David’s beautiful voice as a singer, here he is with his music collaborator and dear friend, Jewlia Eisenberg, singing Dem Milner's Trern (“The Miller’s Tears”) in Yiddish (lyrics in comments). This is part of Jewlia and David's "Art Is My Weapon" project, about the radical musical life of Lin Jaldati, a Dutch Jewish cabaret performer and Holocaust survivor who migrated to East Berlin after WWII and became the "Yiddish diva” of the Communist world.

More on the "Art Is My Weapon" project can be found here: