CJS Announces Hebrew Language Course Intensive in Summer 2023

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The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies

The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies and the Madrasa-Midrasha Program at the Graduate Theological Union are thrilled to offer the first ever modern Hebrew language intensive at the GTU in the summer of 2023. The course will meet from July 10th through July 28th.

“This course will enable students to access the classical Jewish library, as well as everyday Hebrew speech," said CJS Director Dr. Deena Aranoff on the announcement of this course: "For decades our students have looked elsewhere for this type of language work, and we are thrilled to offer it in-house.”

As a joint effort with the GTU’s Madrasa-Midrasha Program, this course has the interreligious and interlinguistic framework so critical for language study. Alongside Hebrew studies, the Madrasa-Midrasha Program will also be supporting summer library research in Arabic-language manuscripts. These summer offerings will include an evening program that will bring the Arabic language and the Hebrew language participants together for discussion and reflection.

Interested students may register here. The course will be taught at the beginner level, though participants must be able to read Hebrew and to work their way through a basic Hebrew text. GTU degree program students as well as Continuing Education students are invited to register. Registration is scheduled to close on Friday, June 16. For more questions, please contact Dr. Aranoff (daranoff@gtu.edu).


The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies (CJS) at the GTU 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.

The GTU's Madrasa-Midrasha Program explores the richness, diversity, differences, and commonalities of the Jewish and Islamic traditions. A collaborative effort between the GTU's Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies and its Center for Islamic Studies, the program seeks to advance study, dialogue, and understanding on Jewish and Islamic texts and contexts within academia and the larger public. In addition to offering cross-cultural academic courses to GTU students, the program offers workshops, lectures, and panel discussions to the public at large in the greater San Francisco Bay area.