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.


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

Beit Midrash - "Dwelling in Vulnerability" with Rabbi Maya Zinkow

Join us for this special beit midrash in the CJS Sukkah for a lunch and learn program with Rabbi Maya Zinkow.

West Side Landing, Flora Lamson Hewlett LIbrary

Beit Midrash

Join CJS for a weekly beit midrash [house of study] program during Fall 2023 in the GTU Library hosted by Deena Aranoff and Sam S.B. Shonkoff.

Collaborative Tables 1&2, GTU Library

Madrasa-Midrasha | 2023 Haas Student Grant Presentations

Please join the GTU's Madrasa-Midrasha Program for a lunchtime event featuring the work of the 2023 Haas Student Grant recipients.

Multiuse Room, GTU Library