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. Classical and contemporary Jewish texts are studied in a collaborative and pluralistic atmosphere. Our graduates pursue careers in academia, the rabbinate, as well as educational and community service.
After the Revelation at Sinai, civil laws are given – many of them in the form of short narratives that describe how the violence of human aggression is to be met by the violence of the law. We will explore midrashic, hassidic and psychoanalytic sources that deal with the problem of integrating aggression and empathy.
Friday, May 13th, 2016 9:00am | Pacific School of Religion, Mudd 100 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley CA 94709
Join us for an interview with Susannah Heschel in which she will reflect upon the life and legacy of her father, Abraham Joshua Heschel. Rabbi Heschel (1907-1972) was a prolific scholar, philosopher, and civil rights activist who worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. Heschel's writings on ethics, theology, revelation and law are perhaps the most formative contributions to Jewish thought in the twentieth century.
Thursday, November 5th. 12:30pm. GTU Dinner Board Room. 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley CA 94709.
Fifty years have passed since the promulgation of Nostra Aetate, the Vatican II statement on interreligious relations that shifted the Catholic Church's perception of its relationship with Judaism and the Jewish People. While not all points of tensions have been removed, the relationship is now viewed through a fundamentally positive lens .The gains of the last half century will be highlighted and the remaining challenges will be discussed at this talk.
Where Religion Meets the Law: Religious Rights, Religious Minorities, and the US Constitution. A Graduate Theological Union and Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies Event in honor of Constitution Day. September 17th, 2015, 12:45pm. Hedco Room, 2465 LeConte Avenue. Lunch will be served.