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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.


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Race and Responsibility: A Conversation on Black-Jewish Relations and the Fight for Equal Justice

Please join us for this special online conversation between Erik K. Ward and Michael Rothberg, moderated by Tina Sacks. This event is part of a series on Jews and Race during the 2020-2021 academic year, a collaboration between the GTU's Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies, the Berkeley ...

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Madrasa-Midrasha | Sacred Seasons: Spirituality in Ritual Practices

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Sam Shonkoff and Dr. Kamal Abu-Shamsieh as we reflect on the sacred seasons of Passover and Ramadhan. Their talks will explore the notion of Spirituality as it is incorporated in and developed through religious commemorations and practices.

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conversations@cjs | Revelation and Contemporary Jewish Theology

Please join CJS for the final installment in our Spring "conversations@cjs" series on critical topics in the field of Jewish Studies. This special event will feature Michael Fishbane (University of Chicago) in conversation with Sam Shonkoff (GTU).

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