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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.


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.

The Broken Mishkan: Creativity, Healing, and the Journey in Between

Join CARe and the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies (CJS) for a special event featuring a performance and conversation with GTU alumna Sara Nesson! Dr. Deena Aranoff, Director of CJS & Senior Lecturer in Medieval Jewish Studies, will open with an introduction.

Sometimes life brings...

Online Event
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Madrasa-Midrasha | Art & Creativity in Spiritual Care / Chaplaincy

Join us for this special Madrasa-Midrasha event that focuses on how Chaplains use art and creativity in their work with guest speakers Taqwa Surapati, Cancer Care Chaplain at Stanford Health Care, and Amy Shoemaker, Director of Operations for the Covid Grief Network and Relief Chaplain at Stanford...

Online Event
12:00pm to 1:00pm

New Book Talk with Author Angela Botelho and CJS Director Deena Aranoff

Join us for a conversation between author (and CJS alum!) Angela Botelho and CJS Director Deena Aranoff about Botelho's new book German Jews and the Persistence of Jewish Identity in Conversion: Writing the Jewish Self.

Online Event