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Jewish Life on Campus:  From Backwater to Battleground

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Director's Letter

October 14, 2016 Len Saxe

Today, we are releasing two new reports that are part of our series of studies examining antisemitism and hostility toward Israel on college campuses. The first, provides a picture of the situation at 50 campuses and examines the nature of different campus climates with regard to antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment. The second, is an in-depth look at one school in particular, the University of Pennsylvania, and the panoply of issues that are of concern to students on that campus.

The first report is part of a program of research launched in 2015 aimed at addressing the lack of systematic data about the intensity and impact of anti-Israel and antisemitic activity at North American college and university campuses. In 2015 we published a report investigating general trends in perceptions of anti-Israel and antisemitic activity. The report being released today, “Hotspots of Antisemitism and Anti-Israel Sentiment on US Campuses,” is part of our expanded research program on these issues and is based on a study of Jewish undergraduate students at 50 campuses across the United States in the 2015-16 academic year. The study attempts to identify specific campuses where perceptions of antisemitism and anti-Israel activity are particularly high or low.

The second report is part of a series of studies of individual campuses, which for comparability purposes, surveyed both Jewish and non-Jewish students. Our first report, focusing on Brandeis University, was released in May 2016. The study being released today is the second in that series and examines student life at the University of Pennsylvania. Like Brandeis, and unlike many Ivy League schools, Penn has had a unique relationship with the Jewish community. Historically, of all Ivy League schools, Penn was the most welcoming to Jews. Considering Penn’s unique campus climate, the report explores the intersection of racial, ethnic, and religious identities, intergroup interactions, experiences of discrimination, and feelings of safety and belonging on campus.

Our findings demonstrate that perceptions of antisemitism vary by campus and suggest that responses to issues of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel hostility need to be adapted for each campus' unique climate. We hope our findings provide useful data for future policy discussions. As always, we appreciate your feedback.

 And to those who celebrate, best wishes for a happy Sukkot.


Len signature
Leonard Saxe, PhD
Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies 
Director Steinhardt Social Research Institute, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University