Graduate Theological Union

About the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies



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, literature and culture. Our programs combine rigorous text-study of primary sources with distinctive interdisciplinary approaches. Studies at CJS provide training for those preparing for academic careers, leadership positions in the Jewish community, as well as pastoral positions in congregations of many religious affiliations. Among the Center’s areas of academic focus are: modern Jewish literature and culture, Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Islamic relations from late antiquity to modernity, rabbinic Judaism, Jewish mysticism, and Jewish literary studies. The Center also hosts numerous conferences and lectures, celebrations of Jewish holidays, and other programs that attract wide participation by the public.


Mailing Address: Center for Jewish Studies, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709.
Offices are located at 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley.


Fellowship Opportunities


The Berkeley-Jerusalem Fellowship at the Graduate Theological Union and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies are pleased to announce the establishment of a new fellowship for students pursuing an M.A. in Jewish Studies at the GTU, with supplementary studies at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. This fellowship allows students to take full advantage of the resources at both institutions and inaugurate a collaboration for the mutual benefit of the students, faculty and community at the GTU and at Pardes.  

The Berkeley-Jerusalem fellowship will provide the full tuition for the M.A. in Jewish Studies at the GTU, as well as tuition at Pardes for one semester, funding for summer Hebrew language study at an Ulpan, travel to Jerusalem and a stipend for additional expenses.

Berkeley-Jerusalem fellows would be expected to study at CJS for the first year of their program, and to attend a summer Hebrew Ulpan in Israel (where necessary), and spend the fall semester of their second year at Pardes. Students may also choose to attend the Pardes summer program. Fellows are expected to return to Berkeley in the spring to complete their M.A. at GTU. While in Israel, students will work in close consultation with faculty from both institutions, regarding their course of study and evaluation. Students can receive up to twelve units of academic credit, through GTU, for their studies in Jerusalem.


Students will apply for the Berkeley-Jerusalem Fellowship as part of their M.A. applications to CJS for studies beginning in the fall of 2014 (due February 1, 2014). The first fellowships will be awarded in March 2014; the fellow or fellows will begin in the fall of 2014, with travel to Pardes in the summer of 2015 and graduation in spring 2016. Fellows may complete the M.A. program in three years, if needed.

For more information, please contact our office at and/or Jenny King Brill at Pardes at

The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies is grateful for the generous support of the Koret Foundation, the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, the Osher Foundation, the Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation, and the Posen Foundation.


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