CJS Announces Launch of Weekly Beit Midrash Program

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The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies

The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union is excited to start a weekly beit midrash [house of study] program on Tuesdays this fall. This program will provide an opportunity for students, faculty and community members to come together and engage in more traditional modes of Jewish learning—slow reading, working through Hebrew sources, and engaging in conversation. The program will be hosted by Deena Aranoff and Sam Shonkoff with additional guest teachers. The beit midrash program will deepen the sense of intellectual-spiritual-relational community on campus while providing the opportunity to work on text and language skills.

The CJS Beit Midrash will take place in the GTU Library at Collaborative Tables 1&2, near the entrance of the library on the 1st floor on Tuesdays from 12:45 to 1:45pm.


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.