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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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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.

Scholarships

Find out about scholarships available for students studying at the CJS.

Madrasa-Midrasha | Summer Institute 2022

The Madrasa-Midrasha Program at the Graduate Theological Union is excited to present its 2022 Summer Institute, a series of workshops that will focus on language, textual, and calligraphy studies, as well as a film screening and discussion.

Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley
9:00am to 4:30pm

"Becoming Elijah: Prophet of Transformation" with Author Daniel C. Matt

Join us for a special conversation with author, former CJS Professor of Jewish Spirituality, and current CJS Scholar in Residence Dr. Daniel C. Matt about his new book Becoming Elijah: Prophet of Transformation (Yale University Press, 2022).

Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley
5:30pm