Denver West Side Jewish Community

The West Side community is the oldest Jewish community in Denver, Colorado. It is a traditional, Haredi community with its own eruv. The community follows Ashkenazi Jewish traditions as set forth by the Litvak Jewish tradition, that of Lithuanian Judaism.

Life in the community is centered on the Denver Community Kollel,[1] Congregation Zera Avraham,[2] Yeshiva Toras Chaim,[3] and Beth Jacob (Bais Yaakov) High School of Denver.[4]


The West Colfax neighborhood of Denver was a predominantly Jewish area from the 1920s to the 1950s, as reflected in its residential population, a thriving business community that included kosher markets and other businesses serving Jewish customers, and its cultural facilities.[5][6] Golda Meir, who later became the fourth Prime Minister of Israel, lived in the "West Side" neighborhood as a teenager. Her family's home at 1606 Julian Street was restored and moved to the Auraria Campus in Downtown Denver.[6]

The area's history is reflected by the continuing presence of a significant amount of its Jewish cultural character and institutions.[6]


The West Denver eruv is recognized by city ordinance, and its boundaries are marked by special wires strung from utility poles. These boundaries define a walkable zone in which Jews who observe the traditional rules concerning the Sabbath can congregate and socialize on the Sabbath without breaking those rules.[5]

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ Denver Community Kollel
  2. ^ "Congregation Zera Avraham". Archived from the original on 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2011-06-02.
  3. ^ Yeshiva Toras Chaim
  4. ^ Beth Jacob High School of Denver
  5. ^ a b Denver Department of Planning & Community Development, West Colfax Assessment Archived 2007-10-28 at the Wayback Machine, Spring 2005.
  6. ^ a b c History, website, accessed October 19, 2009.