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What is Shmita? Jewish Views on the Sabbatical Year

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:30pm

Rabbi Yedidya (Julian) Sinclair will bring his expertise as a professor, developer of solar energy, and rabbi to provide new perspectives on the concept of Shmita.
Literally translated as "release" שמיטה is seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle in which the land is left to lie fallow and all agricultural activity is forbidden and all debits are to be remitted.

Why We Need To Be Interreligious

by Arthur Holder

At its February 2014 meeting, the GTU Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution that affirms the interreligious nature of the Graduate Theological Union and opens the way for other religious traditions to join the Protestant, Catholic, Unitarian, Jewish, Buddhist, and Muslim communities already represented here. The statement highlighted the representation of the world’s diverse religious traditions as essential to the GTU’s nature and integral to its mission. It went on to encourage the GTU President to work to “expand and foster representation of the world’s great religious traditions” by seeking out new candidates for consideration as program units, affiliates, and centers for inclusion in the GTU.

 

The Berkeley School of Jewish Literature

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 11:00am

A Symposium in Honor of Chana Kronfeld

Join us for this conference celebrating the publication of a festschrift put together by Chana Kronfeld’s students, exploring the question of the distinctive Berkeley approach to Jewish literature. Sponsored by CJS and the UCB Center for Jewish Studies.

Islam as a Template for Jewish Self-Understanding presentation by Dr. Susannah Heschel

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 12:30pm

"Islam as a Template for Jewish Self-Understanding: Theology, Scholarship, and Politics in European Jewish Imagination, 1833 to 1933" presentation by Dr. Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College. 

 

Location:

GTU Library Dinner Board Room

2400 Ridge Road Berkeley, CA 94709 

 

Distinguished Rabbi Stephen Pearce to teach at Center for Jewish Studies with the support of the Koret Foundation

Stephen Pearce, Photo by Sydney Brown for SPUR

Rabbi Stephen Pearce, Photo by Sydney Brown for SPUR

The Latke Hamentasch Debate

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 6:00pm

GTU Library, Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Rd, Berkeley, CA

 

This debate, an academic tradition that goes back to 1948, will explore with utmost rigor and close attention to relevant sources the ultimate question--which is better: The latke? Or the hamantasch?

Presented by the GTU's Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California-Berkeley.

Student Welcome Lunch, Spring Semester

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 12:30pm
CJS, Hedco Room, 2465 LeConte Ave, Berkeley, CA, 12:30pm Pizza will be served, including a vegetarian option.

Chanukah Celebration

Monday, December 2, 2013 - 5:00pm
Light refreshments will be served. CJS, Hedco Room, 2465 LeConte Ave, Berkeley

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.

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