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.


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Positionality and Jewish Biblical Scholarship

Please join us for a special CJS event featuring Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor of Judaic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Duke University, Professor Marc Zvi Brettler. The event is co-sponsored by the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University and the Bade Museum of...

Pacific School of Religion

Madrasa-Midrasha | Sacred Celebrations

Please join the GTU's Madrasa-Midrasha Program as we celebrate the messages of Passover and Eid-al-Fitr..

Hybrid Event (GTU Dinner Board Room)

Are Psychedelics Theologically Significant for Judaism?

Join us for this Zoom Webinar on psychedelics and Judaism hosted by Harvard Divinity School and co-sponsored by CJS.

Online Event