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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Translating the Jewish Freud: A New Book Conversation with Author Naomi Seidman

Please join us for a special CJS event featuring a conversation with author Naomi Seidman on her new book Translating the Jewish Freud: Psychoanalysis in Hebrew and Yiddish (Stanford University Press, 2024).

Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

2024 Sukkah Building Party

Come build the CJS Sukkah! Pizza lunch will be provided.

West Side Landing, Flora Lamson Hewlett LIbrary

2024 Take Down the Sukkah Party

Help us conclude the holiday of Sukkot and take down the CJS Sukkah. A pizza lunch is provided!

West Side Landing, Flora Lamson Hewlett LIbrary