Mission and History

Presidents

Irit Waldbaum
2018-present

Leslie Sidell
2015-2018

Lisa Reckler Cohn
2012-2015

David Foster
2010-2012

David Brown
2008-2010

Howard Lerman
2006-2008

Dr. Peter Gottlieb
2004-2006

Sheryl Feiler
2002-2004

Heads of School

Avi Halzel
2006-present

Phil Kalin
2000-2006

Principals
Upper Division

Jason Snyder
2016-present

Bryan Hay
1993-2016

Principals
Lower Division

Elana Shapiro
2014-present

Susan Resnick
2011-2014

Marcie Calm
2008-2011

Dr. Barbara Levin
2003-2008

Dr. Lorry Getz
1998-2003

Our Mission Statement

Our pluralistic Jewish community day school prepares and inspires Jewish students through an extraordinary secular and Judaic education to live purposefully, act ethically, and thrive in the world.

Our History

Denver Jewish Day School has been educating the area's Jewish youth since 1975.

We are an independent, Jewish community day school with approximately 335 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Our school sits on a beautiful campus in Denver, Colorado with an amazing view of the Rocky Mountains. As the only K-12 Jewish community day school in the Rocky Mountain region, Denver JDS sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole Jewish child, inspiring them to grow intellectually, socially, spiritually, and ethically in a student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment.

Theodor Herzl Jewish Day School (Herzl) was founded in 1975, serving 14 students in grades one through five. Four years later, in 1979, Rocky Mountain Hebrew Academy (RMHA) was established, with 10 students in grades nine through 12.

In 1994, members of the Herzl and RMHA boards began work on a vision of a single, unified space for Jewish education. In April of 1998, the trustees of both boards voted overwhelmingly to merge the two schools into one institution: the Denver Campus for Jewish Education (DCJE), which then became known as both DCJE and Herzl/RMHA.

In 2001, Phil Kalin became the first president and CEO of DCJE. He served in that role until 2007, when our current Head of School/CEO Avi Halzel took the helm. In August 2010, our school was re-branded and became known as Denver Jewish Day School (Denver JDS).

Since our founding, we have educated more than 2,500 students.