Jewish Pride On Campus Is Under Siege. Here’s What Your Kids Can Do To Fight Back.

09/08/2016 - 14:48

NEW YORK (JTA) — Over 300,000 Jewish college students have arrived or will arrive shortly on American campuses — and what they experience there is likely not only to broaden their minds and uproot long-held assumptions, but shake their Jewish selves to the core.

Students at the University of Delaware Hillel (University of Delaware Hillel)

Tips For The Campus Bound

04/26/2016 - 12:00
Travel Writer

The summer I was 16, my parents made the classic mistake of organizing a college tour when school was out of session. Devoid of regular, academic-year activity, the dozen or so Northeastern campuses were a pleasant blur of ivy-clad brick walls, Greek columns, and tour guides walking backwards — all more alike, alas, than they were different.

Students on a college tour, a spring ritual for many families. Photos by Wikimedia Commons

The Art Of Making Conversation

Or, a simple plan to avoid the dreaded discussions about colleges this Thanksgiving.

11/24/2015 - 19:00

Editor's Note: Fresh Ink For Teens is a community and website whose content is written exclusively by high school students. Topics cover everything relevant to a teen’s life, through a Jewish lens.

As a senior in high school, I’m on the last lap of my college application race. Most of my applications are submitted; I’ve finished begging my teachers for recommendations and bombarding advisors with questions (Where exactly on the application did they put the send button? was my favorite email request).

"How 'bout them Mets?" is one way to distract your well-meaning relatives from asking about college. CC image courtesy of Flickr

BDS: The Legal Fights To Come

Special To The Jewish Week
08/18/2015 - 20:00

Everyone, it seems, is in the BDS game these days: Sheldon Adelson, the Presbyterian Church, American universities and their students, national Jewish groups — and, not least, Congress and state legislatures. 

A sign calling for the boycott of Israeli products in Bethlehem. Getty Images

The College Road Trip: #GetMeOutaHere

Handbook of embarrassing questions? Check. New iPhone Mom can’t turn off? Check. Let the tours begin.

06/02/2015 - 20:00

Editor's Note: This essay was originally published on The Jewish Week's Fresh Ink For Teens, an online magazine.

Parents of high school students do weird stuff. I think of mine as bears in hibernation. Freshman year, sophomore year, they just sort of read the paper, eat some porridge and ask how school was, but come junior year, and specifically spring of junior year, they awake, rise up and with a loud roar, scream: “ROAD TRIP!”

Wake me when it's over: Doria Leibowitz sleeping in the car after a grueling round of college tours.

For Dershowitz, Unlikely Calm At Brooklyn College

05/05/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

He’s thrown haymakers at liberal Zionist Peter Beinart on CNN. He’s said President Jimmy Carter and Archbishop Desmond Tutu “have blood on their hands” over civilian deaths in Gaza. And he’s railed against J Street’s so-called “big tent” on Israel.

Alan Dershowitz making a point last week at Brooklyn College, where his Israel views met little resistance. Moshe Berman

Preparing For College? Consider The Israel Factor

04/14/2015 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Dear High School Senior,

The spring of your senior year is an exciting time in your life. You most likely are feeling a well-deserved sense of accomplishment on the verge of completing your high school career and, for those of you going on to college in the fall, a sense of anticipation as you look forward to campus life and a new level of independence. But there may also be a healthy dose of anxiety as to how you will fare on your own.

Gary Rosenblatt

How Many Jewish College Students Experience Anti-Semitism?

The results of a new national study will shock you.

02/22/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

More than half of self-identified Jewish college students at campuses in this country report that they have experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism there, according to a new national study.

New national survey finds that half of Jewish college students have experiences anti-Semitism. via
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