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.

Beit Midrash - Apr. 16

Join CJS for a weekly beit midrash [house of study] program during Spring 2024 in the GTU Library hosted by Deena Aranoff and Sam S.B. Shonkoff.

Collaborative Tables 1&2, GTU Library

Reclaiming the Embodied Spirituality of Jewish Women: A Seminar with Rabbi Tirzah Firestone

Please join us for a special CJS seminar featuring Rabbi Tirzah Firestone on reclaiming the embodied spirtuality of Jewish Women. This event is associated with a GTU course, but is a virtual session open to the broader public.

3:00pm to 4:00pm

FESTER: A New Book Conversation with Author Hadar Aviram

Please join us for a special CJS event featuring a conversation with author Hadar Aviram on her new book FESTER: Carceral Permeability and California's COVID-19 Correctional Disaster (University of California Press, 2024). The event is co-sponsored by The Goldman School of Public Policy at UC...

Collaborative Learning Space, Taube Conference Center, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library