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Penn awarded Poland's Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit

Minister Michałowski decorates Shana Penn with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union is prould to announce that Shana Penn, Visiting Scholar and Chair of CJS Advisory Committee, was decorated with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Polish Republic, in Warsaw, on October 23, 2013. Penn is also Executive Director of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture which supports the programming of CJS.

The award is granted to foreigners who have rendered great service to Poland. The award was presented by Minister Jacek Michałowski, Head of the Chancellery of the President, on behalf of President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski.

What’s that you see? Interfaith panel explores art and spirituality

The Graduate Theological Union, in conjunction with the Center for Arts, Religion and Education, sponsored Modern Divine: An Interfaith Panel on Art and Spirituality on October 27 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

Reception for GTU Graduates and Coordinators

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 5:00pm
Church Divinity School of the Pacific Courtyard, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA

CJS Graduation Reception

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 3:30pm

CJS, Hedco Room, 2465 LeConte Ave, Berkeley, CAGrad Recep

Open House for Prospective Students

Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 2:00pm
Please join us for an open house to highlight CJS programs and offerings, as well as other school in the GTU consortium. GTU Library, Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Rd, Berkeley, CA,

Ritual Practice and Ritual Theory In the Mishnah: A Lecture with Naftali Cohn

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 12:30pm

Naftali Cohn studies the texts and culture of Jews in Classical to Late Antiquity, focusing especially on the group known as the rabbis, who produced texts that became canonical and foundational for subsequent Jewish literature and practice. His research centers on the late-second or early-third century law collection known as the Mishnah, which he reads using the critical lenses of ritual theory, narratology, memory/historiography, feminist theory, and poststructuralist critical theory in general.

Exploring sacred space

The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for Islamic Studies at the GTU co-sponsored their annual Madrasa/Midrasha Day of Learning on October 10 with over sixty people in attendance. Each year a topic is explored from both Jewish and Muslim perspectives.

Student Addresses America's History on Constitution Day

Randi Wren, M.A. student in Jewish Studies, addressed an intimate crowd on Monday, September 16, in the student lounge. Her Constitution Day talk stemmed from her thesis research on the theology behind the founding of America.

Here are some notable points from her talk, "The Founding Fathers and the Constitution: United by Belief in the Tenets of the Bible":

Fiddler at 50: Film Showing & Celebration

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 6:30pm
California Theatre, 2113 Kittredge Street, Berkeley $15 includes ticket for film & celebration following ($12 for students and seniors). Please call the California Theatre for tickets (510) 848-0620. 6:30pm Celebration to follow at the Magnes Collection for Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA, 9pm

"What Can Levinas Teach Us About Religion?'

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 1:00pm
Lecture with Levinas Scholar Richard Cohen CJS, Hedco Room 2465 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley
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