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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.

Taube Family Chair in Jewish Studies

The Graduate Theological Union (GTU) is honored and overjoyed to announce that it has received a generous endowment gift of $750,000 from Taube Philanthropies, which will contribute directly to the establishment of the Taube Family Chair in Jewish Studies. The gift recognizes the long-standing, fruitful relationship between the GTU’s Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies (CJS) and Taube Philanthropies, which has supported the research and scholarship of CJS faculty and students for decades.

The Taube Philanthropies gift will support the faculty position of Dr. Sam Shonkoff as the Taube Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, and who will also be the first holder of the Chair.


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.

Learn in the Sukkah with Charlotte Fonrobert

Join us as we learn together in the Sukkah with Stanford University Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and CJS Visiting Professor Charlotte Fonrobert. 

West Side Landing, Flora Lamson Hewlett LIbrary
11:00am to 1:00pm

A Play for the End of the World: A Conversation with Author Jai Chakrabarti

Please join us for a conversation between Jai Chakrabarti and Dan Schifrin about Chakrabarti's new novel, A Play for the End of the World. This is a joint program between the Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for Dharma Studies.

Online Event

Madrasa-Midrasha | Psychoanalysis in Judaism and Islam

Join us for a conversation on Psychoanalysis in Judaism and Islam with Dr. Naomi Seidman (University of Toronto) and Dr. Omnia El Shakry (UC Davis).

Online Event