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The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies (CJS)

The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies (CJS) at the Graduate Theological Union is a premier center for the advanced study of Jewish history, culture, theology, and religious life. CJS graduate programs combine rigorous text-study with distinctive interdisciplinary approaches. Our students gain essential training for academic careers, community leadership, as well as pastoral and educational roles in the Jewish world and beyond. Among the Center’s areas of academic focus are rabbinic literature and culture, Jewish mysticism and philosophy, modern Jewish thought, and Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Islamic relations from late antiquity through the present age.


About CJS

Courses and Degree Programs

Learn more about the courses, degrees, and certificate programs offered by the CJS.

People at CJS

Meet the faculty, staff, students and alumni that make up the CJS.


Find out about scholarships available for students studying at the CJS.

Assembly without Assembly: Sacred Gatherings in the Time of Covid

Please join us for this online Madrasa-Midrasha event with Dr. Ahmed Khater and Rabbi Yonatan Cohen.

Online Event

Paul Nahme | Jews and Race Series

Please join us for this online event with special guest Paul Nahme. This event is part of a series on Jews and Race during the 2020-2021 academic year, a collaboration of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, the Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies, the...

Online Event

A Conversation with Dr. Ruth Tsoffar

Please join us for a conversation with Ruth Tsoffar on her book Life in Citations: Biblical Narratives and Contemporary Hebrew Culture. The event is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies.

Online Event