The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies (CJS) offers courses in Jewish Studies for students at the CJS, the Graduate Theological Union, the University of California, Berkeley, and to the wider community. Community auditors are generally welcome, as well, with a minor tuition fee. The CJS faculty is committed to combining rigorous text-study of primary sources with sophisticated interdisciplinary approaches - all within a non-sexist, non-homophobic, non-ethnocentric learning environment. Among our areas of focus are the study of Jewish-Christian relations from late antiquity to modernity, the classical Jewish library, Jewish secular culture, and Jewish literary studies. The Center also hosts conferences and lectures, celebrations of Jewish holidays, and other programs that are open to the public.
The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies, with the Center for Islamic Studies, both part of the Graduate Theological Union, has developed groundbreaking programs dealing with Jewish and Muslim communication and studies.