College campuses

Monitoring Hate On Campus

03/16/2016 - 09:08

What should be the response of a university to acts of racism or bigotry on campus? How does one balance free speech and the mandate for universities to take prompt and effective steps to address violations, and prevent future hostilities?

CUNY Response To Alleged Bias ‘Inadequate’

ZOA, Council members say pledge to investigate campus actions fails to hold perpetrators accountable.

03/09/2016 - 09:08
Deputy Managing Editor

Two and a half weeks after a group of students chanting slogans including “Zionists off campus” broke up a Brooklyn College faculty council meeting, City University of New York Chancellor James B. Milliken announced the school had hired outside attorneys to investigate complaints that a student group is causing Jews to feel harassed and physically unsafe. 

An SJP “Die-in/Vigil for Ferguson and Gaza” held in John Jay’s atrium, the main common area. Tomer Kornfeld

Caught In The Middle In New Campus Wars

Collision of racial justice, Israel, free speech issues putting Jewish students in bind.

12/08/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

In early November, Michael Stephenson, a Jewish sophomore at the University of Missouri, spent a night sleeping in the middle of campus alongside graduate student Jonathan Butler. Butler was on a hunger strike demanding the resignation of university President Tim Wolfe over how he handled a series of racist incidents on campus.

On Monday, 200 Columbia students gathered on the library steps to protest racial injustice and other issues. Michael Datikash/JW

Engaging College Students From Intermarried Families

Our work at Hillel International is about hachnasat orchim, welcoming.

11/16/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Questions about interfaith families and intermarriage are as old as the Jewish community itself. Just this month we read in the Torah portion of Abraham’s concern about whom his son will marry and what it will mean for the future of the Jewish people: even the story of the first Jewish family includes handwringing about intermarriage and the desire for Jewish grandchildren. And yet, despite these centuries of practice, many still struggle with how to work with those from intermarried families. Our communities still have too many barriers to entry, too many assumptions about what makes someone a Jew.

Sheila Katz

Palestinian’s Message Upends Expectations On Campus

11/03/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Students for Justice in Palestine, the pro-Palestinian college advocacy group, and members of Hillel don’t often share a platform.

Bassem Eid at a Midtown coffee shop: PA’s at fault, too. Hannah Dreyfus/JW

Sheldon Adelson Hosting Private Meeting To Stem BDS Tide On Campuses

06/01/2015 - 20:00

Sheldon Adelson will host a private meeting in Las Vegas of Jewish philanthropists and organizations aiming to counter rising anti-Israel activity on college campuses.

BDS Roiling Israel, U.S. College Campuses

High Court ruling sparking fresh debate over democracy.

04/21/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The ruling of Israel’s top court last week upholding the country’s so-called anti-boycott law has touched off a fresh debate about the nature of Israel’s democracy, with some saying it ends freedom of speech and others saying it affirms the destructive nature of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement.

The justices of Israel’s Supreme Court with President Rivlin and Prime Minister Netanyahu. Wikimedia Commons

American Campuses: Cause For Alarm?

Pro-Israel Jews across the spectrum agree that concern is warranted, but differ on what constitutes anti-Semitism.

03/02/2015 - 19:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

A student at the University of Ohio recalls the heated moments when she and three of her classmates were arrested last September while protesting the fiercely anti-Israel rhetoric of a fellow student, the president of the Student Senate.

The ‘Mainstreaming’ Of Jewish Studies

A growing number of universities now offer Jewish studies programs. And some are even headed by non-Jewish scholars.

Staff Writer
08/19/2014 - 20:00

Houston — Administrators at Texas Christian University, an institution in Forth Worth affiliated with the Disciples of Christ denomination, needed some advice last year on starting a Jewish studies program, which is now in the planning stages. A small program that had begun under the auspices of the school’s Brite Divinity School offered only a few courses a year to prospective members of the clergy; TCU administrators wanted to establish a larger Jewish studies program for the entire university.

A UH classroom. Courtesy of University of Houston

Campuses Hone Tactics As BDS Wars Loom

In wake of Gaza conflict, local students, officials expect tense atmosphere as semester begins.

08/19/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In Gaza, there may be a cease-fire, but for Jewish college students, the war is about to begin.

Groups as varied as J Street U and the Israel Action Network are bracing for what many insiders believe will be the most contentious school year yet.

Brooklyn College Hillel's Creative Coexistence group shares some of their work. Courtesy of Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College
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