Forty years ago in August, 1975, Denver’s Jewish community received a gift. Not a gift in the form of a cash donation or a bequest of land. It was a modest gift filled with hope and values; it would forever change the lives of its recipients.
That was when a handful of families — some rabbis included — founded Theodor Herzl Jewish Day School as a pluralistic day school for grades 1-5 with the mission of imparting intensive Jewish studies on an equal footing with a superior secular education. For the previous 24 years, the Denver Jewish community had been ably served by Hillel Academy, an Orthodox Jewish day school. The founding families of Herzl desired such a day school experience for their children with a nod to the non-Orthodox movements in Judaism, and even the unaffiliated.