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, literature and culture. Our programs combine rigorous text-study of primary sources with distinctive interdisciplinary approaches. Studies at the CJS provide training for those preparing for academic careers, leadership positions in the Jewish community, as well as pastoral positions in congregations of many religious affiliations. Among the Center’s areas of academic focus are modern Jewish literature and culture, Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Islamic relations from late antiquity to modernity, rabbinic Judaism, Jewish mysticism, and Jewish literary studies.


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.

CJS Fall Welcome Lunch & Lecture

Join us in kicking off the new semester with CJS's new professor, Sam Shonkoff.

GTU Student Lounge

Madrasa-Midrasha: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Hospital-based Spiritual Care

Join us for an event exploring Jewish and Islamic perspectives on chaplaincy care in a hospital setting.

Stanford Medical School Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge (LKSC)

Sukkah Building Party

Join us and help build the CJS Sukkah!  Pizza lunch will be provided.

Front Courtyard, LeConte Building