This fellowship fund was established by members of the Denver and Boulder Jewish community to honor and pay tribute to Rabbi Daniel and Ida Goldberger. “Rabbi Goldberger and Ida's careers and lives have been about the multifaceted expression of Jewish life as a religion, society, and culture,” says David Shneer, Louis P. Singer Endowed Chair in Jewish History. “What better way to honor his legacy and Ida’s continuing service to Jewish learning than by having Colorado’s flagship university be able to offer a scholarship that allows students to further their studies in immersive experiences around the world."
Rabbi Daniel Goldberger served as the rabbi at Beth Joseph Synagogue in east Denver for 20 years and the Hebrew Educational Alliance from 1979 until his retirement in 1994. In addition to being considered as one Denver's most respected and best known rabbis, Rabbi Goldberger was one of the first members of the Jewish-Catholic interfaith dialogue and actively involved in the Martin Luther King, Jr. marches that took place in Colorado. Rabbi Goldberger passed away in 2007 — may his memory be a blessing. His wife of more than 60 years, Ida Goldberger, taught special education in Denver until she retired at 70. She continues to carry on a family legacy — a passionate dedication to education — and reads weekly to kindergarteners at the Denver Academy of Torah.
The Goldberger Fellowship is granted annually to graduate students doing work in the Jewish Studies with plans to study abroad or participate in an approved cultural immersion program. The scholarship committee looks for a strong academic record, demonstrated commitment to the Program in Jewish Studies, a well-tailored study abroad or cultural immersion program and financial need. Thanks to the generosity of the Goldberger family and supporters, the annual award for the Goldberger Fellowship is $2000.