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.
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 Center for Jewish Studies, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, the Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, the Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley, the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley, Berkeley Hillel, and the Berkeley Center for Democracy,...
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).
Join us for the Inaugural Lecture for the Taube Family Chair in Jewish Studies by Taube Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, Dr. Sam Shonkoff.
Join us in commemorating the 50th anniversary of “The Sit-In for Jewish Education” where members of the Berkeley-based Radical Jewish Union (RJU) staged a Sit-In at the Jewish Community Federation in San Francisco to advocate for much more robust community support of Jewish Education. The event is hosted by HAMAQOM and cosponsored by JewishLearningWorks and the J.