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Truth And Non-Fiction From Etgar Keret

Israeli writer Etgar Keret has published his new memoir in Japanese, Persian, Turkish, Slovakian and English. But as he explained at Columbia University’s Kraft Center earlier this week, he decided not to publish the book in Hebrew out of sensitivity for those he writes about.

Etgar Keret at Columbia University’s Kraft Center.

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

Our Dinners With Rashid

Talking to Khalidi, the Columbia professor, helped spark productive discourse.

03/03/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

What used to be an internal conversation about the political open-mindedness of the North American Jewish community has recently been playing out in the public sphere.

Khalidi Rashid: Has conducted a long-standing dialogue with Jewish students at Columbia University.  Wikimedia Commons

Hillel On The Spot At Swarthmore

Dialogue open with rogue group, but new CEO says guidelines on Israel must be enforced.

12/17/2013 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Facing a growing debate over the boundaries of student discourse on Israel, the president and CEO of Hillel: The Foundation for Campus Jewish Life said he is not concerned about rebellion in the ranks after the small chapter at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania openly scorned the organization’s guidelines.

Swarthmore Hillel’s Joshua Wolfsun and Hillel CEO Eric Fingerhut

‘Interaction’ Helping Ethiopian Students Thrive

Columbia University-developed teaching method part of literacy program to bridge gaps between immigrants and Israelis.
Israel Correspondent
01/07/2013 - 19:00

Petach Tikva, Israel — When you enter the Netzach Yisrael elementary school in this working-class town in the center of the country,

Bruria Brayman, a fourth-grade teacher at the Netzach Yisrael school. Photos by Michele Chabin

At Columbia, Oren Gets A Diplomatic Reception

Israel ambassador warmly greeted at law school talk.
04/16/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

After fielding about a dozen questions from students at Columbia Law School Monday following a 40-minute talk, Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren, apparently felt compelled to remind the students that the U.S. and Israel “don’t always agree on everything.”

Michael Oren.

Challenging Checkpoints: A Success Story At Columbia

11/29/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

A recent Opinion piece,  “Exclude Me At Your Own Peril” (Oct. 26) by a fellow Columbia University student, depicted the ostensible fragmentation and dissolution of the pro-Israel movement, especially a Columbia. It described the necessity to acknowledge the conflict at home - referring to the growing division in the Jewish community concerning Israel and Israeli policy - before addressing the conflict abroad.

I write today to tell a very different story.

A Week of Activism

With their own counter events, rallies and even popcorn, pro-Israel students made sure Israeli Apartheid Week didn’t dominate campus discourse.
03/12/2009 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Last Wednesday, approximately 70 New York University students viewed “The Impact of Occupation: This Body is a Prison,” as part of Israeli Apartheid Week.
While they watched the film, which is highly critical of Israeli policies in the occupied West Bank, many in the audience noshed on popcorn from cups plastered with pro-Israel messages.

NYU students braved the cold last week to show their support for Israel during a week of Palestinian protests.
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