Color War

Value beyond what meets the eye

Color War is a unique school tradition that takes place each spring at Denver JDS. The week-long program incorporates academic, athletic, artistic and Judaic components and brings all Upper Division (6-12) students together for a time of intense learning and growth. It is also a lot of fun.


Students often shine in the classroom in one subject or another, but many possess many talents that are not revealed by the regular curriculum. Each year during Color War, students amaze us with a side of themselves we've not seen in our academic day. The creativity and leadership students develop through Color War -- two qualities which are central to our school's goals -- happens in unparalleled fashion.


During Color War, students cultivate skills in:

  • leadership
  • problem solving
  • cooperation
  • creativity
  • self-expression
  • planning & organization
  • perseverance
  • risk-taking
  • conflict resolution

A week of competitions

Color War begins with a surprise breakout on a Monday. Students are split into equal teams with sixth through twelfth graders on each team. Competitions -- including relays, egg toss, tug-of-war, assorted board games, Judaic challenge, lip sync, d'var Torah, sporting events, silly games and more -- take place each day. In the evenings, students gather at school, and also later at team houses, to prepare for events and the final competition at the end of the week.

Final Presentations

At the culmination of Color War, each team presents an original song, dance, banner or visual presentation, and room decorated to reflect their team. While Color War is a competition with one winning team, the spirit of cooperation and treating one another with respect, honor, sensitivity and dignity (b'tzelem elokim) is the true hallmark of Color War.

While Color War is an Upper Division program, it is very much a school-wide experience. Throughout the week, Lower Division students are invited to observe, and where appropriate, participate in some of the excitement and activities.