By Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann, President of the Graduate Theological Union April 29, 2019 - During the past six months, we have seen a horrific increase in violent attacks on people of different faiths in their houses of worship. The attack at the Chabad of Poway in San Diego on April 27, 2019, in which a gunman yelling anti-Semitic slurs opened fire on worshippers on the final day of Passover, is only the latest in a global wave of violence perpetrated against innocent people at worship. Other recent attacks have included the Easter bombing of Catholic churches in Sri Lanka on April 21, [...]
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The Spring 2018 edition of the GTU's Skylight magazine features the Center for Jewish Studies as it celebrates 50 years of innovative scholarship and community building. You'll also find articles from GTU faculty and students discussing the key role of teaching and religion in creating an equitable and ecological future, a loving tribute to soon-to-retire GTU President Riess Potterveld, a celebration of GTU's women scholars and its alumna of the year, and much more. Download PDF
Premier issue of the new GTU magazine Skylight features the Center for Islamic Studies as it celebrates its 10th anniversary. You'll also find articles from GTU faculty and students exploring scholarship as a spiritual practice, the nature of interreligious education, and much more, as well as new departments highlighting alumni news and art exhibitions at the GTU. Download PDF
March 31, 2017 The Walter & Elise Haas Fund has provided the GTU a grant to support the CIS and CJS in their joint Madrasa-Midrasha programming for this year. We are pleased to announce the student research grant recipients: Mahjabeen Dhala (CIS), “Exploring the Role of Female Activism in Islamic and Jewish Tradition,” Ahmad Ibrahim Moss (CIS) “Imagining an Islamic Liberation Theology in a Post-Truth World,” and group grant recipients Bat Sheva Miller (CJS), Mahjabeen Dhala (CIS) and Jonathan Homrighausen (JST/SCU/GTU), “Abrahamic Hevruta: Developing Pedagogies of Interfaith Education.” Congratulations!
February 24, 2017 The Walter & Elise Haas Fund has provided the GTU a grant to support the Center for Islamic Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies in their joint programming for this academic year. We are pleased to announce grants for students working on an interreligious research project related to Judaism and Islam. Grants will range from $250 to $500 for individual projects and $500 to $1000 for joint projects, which are strongly encouraged. Student must be in the GTU MA, ThD or PhD degree program focusing on Jewish Studies and/or Islamic Studies and/or have registered for a CJS [...]
December 4, 2016 The final CIS-CJS joint Madrasa-Midrasha class, Texts/Contexts: Judaism and Islam, will be held 1-6 pm on December 4 at the GTU Library Board Room. The topic will be “Insiders and Outsiders” in Judaism and Islam, and will be led by Dr. Charlotte Fonrobert (Stanford University) and Dr. Abdullah Ali (Zaytuna College). The class is open to all.
January 6, 2016 The Graduate Theological Union has received a grant of $35,000 from the Walter and Elise Haas Fund to support Madrasa-Midrasha: Interreligious Education Programming during 2016. Madrasa-Midrasha is a collaborative effort between the GTU’s Center for Islamic Studies and its Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies. The Madrasa-Midrasha program produces workshops, lectures, courses, and public events that offer students, faculty, and community members an opportunity to explore the richness, diversities, and commonalities of Islamic and Jewish traditions. The program promotes dialogue among participants about contemporary issues experienced by both communities, including those that at times have spawned [...]
October 13, 2013 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. This year’s speakers were Rizwan Mawani, an educator, scholar, and research consultant who is currently completing his MA at the Center for Islamic Studies, and Francesco Spagnolo, a multidisciplinary scholar who is also the Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, a Lecturer in the Department of Music at [...]
February 12, 2013Participants for the Center for Jewish Studies' and Center for Islamic Studies' annual Madrasa-Midrasha Day of Learning gathered at Easton Hall on Sunday, February 10, for a day of exploration into the history, contributions, and representations of Jews and Muslims on a variety of American media platforms. Beginning with welcomes from both centers and an introduction to this year's theme, Reel Jews & Muslims: Representations of Jews and Muslims in American Media,Munir Jiwa, Director of the Center for Islamic Studies, gave opening remarks. Soon-to-be graduates Shaina Hammerman of CJS and Som Pourfarzaneh of CIS led the first workshops on film and on social media, respectively. Two UC Berkeley graduates, Yoav Potash, [...]