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Jewish Life on Campus:  From Backwater to Battleground

Annette Koren, Leonard Saxe, Eric Fleisch

Authors’ version of chapter in A. Dashefsky, I. Sheskin (eds.), American Jewish Year Book 2015, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-24505-8_2

Final publication available

© Springer International Publishing 

Antisemitism on the college campus: Perceptions and realities

Leonard Saxe, Theodore Sasson, Graham Wright, Shahar Hecht

July 2015


Director's Letter

May 31, 2016

Dear Friends, Len Saxe

This issue of Constructs features two new reports that reflect the Steinhardt Institute’s focus on quantitative studies of American Jewry.

All Together Separate: Race, Ethnicity, and Religon on the Brandeis Campus,” being released today, is part of our program of research on antisemitism on college campuses. Following last year’s report that documented variation in levels of antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment across campuses, we turned to an indepth study of a smaller set of campuses. Our home campus, Brandeis University, serves as the setting for the first of these studies. The study explores undergraduate students’ racial, ethnic, and religious identities and examines experiences of prejudice and discrimination, attitudes on contentious issues, and beliefs about the campus climate for free speech and discourse.

In addition to documenting Brandeis’s increasing diversity, the report highlights some of the issues that surfaced in the wake of recent student protests on campus. As Ted Sasson and I discuss in our blog, despite Brandeis's unique history and mission, the university faces issues similar to those being debated on campuses across the country.

The second report highlighted here, the 2015 Nashville and Middle Tennessee Jewish Community Study, is the latest in a series of studies of small Jewish communities. In Nashville we found a tight-knit and stable community with a large percentage of residents significantly involved in Jewish communal life. Stay tuned for our study of the larger Boston Jewish community coming in the next few months.

Finally, we profile three of our research specialists who are leaving to take the next step in their careers. Research specialists are recent college graduates who typically come to CMJS for one to three years and become members of our research teams. Viktoria Bedo, Sarah Meyer, and Ariel Stein are extraordinary individuals who have made significant contributions to our work. We think you will enjoy reading about them.

Best wishes for a restful and productive summer,

Len Saxe

Director Steinhardt Social Research Institute, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies
Brandeis University