July News Articles
Not just neo-Nazis with tiki torches: Why Jewish students say they also fear cloaked anti-Semitism (CNN)
UW-Madison 'deeply sorry' for scheduling first day of class on Rosh Hashanah (Wisconsin State Journal)
Birthright: A breath of fresh Zionist air - opinion (Jerusalem Post)
Hillel JUC continued to build community one relationship at a time: Campus organization pivoted during pandemic year to support Jewish students (Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle)
Fighting Campus Anti-Semitism Before It Explodes: Colleges aren’t prepared to deal with anti-Semitism when students return to campuses - opinion (Inside HigherEd)
As universities reopen, Hillels navigate the transition (Baltimore Jewish Times)
Antisemitism Masquerading as Activism: Reflections from Jewish Student Leaders at Franklin & Marshall College (The College Reporter)
GW Hillel opens new building after years of construction (The GW Hatchet)
For Jewish 20-somethings, the new Moishe Pod is an antidote to loss of college Judaism (Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle)
Recent News Updates
"Letter Protests Starting Fall Classes During Rosh Hashanah (Inside HigherEd) - "Jewish leaders wrote to the University of Wisconsin system leadership asking the system to direct six UW campuses that plan to commence their fall semesters during the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah to move their start dates."
When their season was cancelled by COVID, these college athletes found faith off the field (The Forward) - "Into that void entered a campus rabbi [at Emory University] who recruited athletes to an online educational program as a way to pass the time during quarantine."
The upside of a pandemic gap year (Washington Jewish Week) - "Rather than being disheartened by a year of differences and some angst, many students from the Washington area who spent a gap year or gap semester in Israel are energized and enthusiastic, especially after reveling in the post-Passover period, when most Israeli restrictions were lifted — many weeks ahead of the United States."
Portland Bagel Shop and Jewish Deli Coming to the College Area (Eater San Diego) - "Hailing originally from Portland, Jewish deli Ben & Esther’s, is expanding south to San Diego, starting in the College East neighborhood."
Harvard Police Investigating Vandalism of Jewish Center After Window Smashed, Palestinian Flag Zip-Tied to Door (The Algemeiner) - "Rabbi Jonah C. Steinberg of Harvard Hillel confirmed on Tuesday that Harvard University Police Department were investigating two acts of vandalism targeting the Jewish group’s Reisman Center in the Rosovsky Hall campus building."
Young Zionist Jews say they’re fighting antisemitism on social media. What are they accomplishing? (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) - "But after weeks of fighting over Israel and Judaism on Twitter, TikTok and Instagram, those activists, and others who observe them, are asking whether the effort of combating antisemitism online, in real time, is winnable or worthwhile."
Recent News Updates (May 2021)
Pomona College Student Gov’t Removes Club Divestment from BDS Resolution (Jewish Journal) - "The Pomona College student government removed a provision from the recently passed Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resolution that would have denied funding to Jewish and pro-Israel student groups on campus."
New Kosher Dining Pilot Available on Campus (Mitzpeh) - "A new Kosher dining pilot program has begun at [University of Maryland, College Park] starting on April 19 and running through the end of the semester, providing students with an easier way to obtain Kosher food."
Amid crisis, American teens on Israel gap years reflect, parents worry (The Forward) - "But despite the escalating violence on the ground, none of the students, parents, or trip organizers who spoke with the Forward are considering leaving Israel before their planned departure dates later in May."
How international students can help solve Israel’s brain drain (The Jerusalem Post) - "The Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) is answering the state’s call to action — and the college’s International Program in English offers students from abroad the unique opportunity to enter Israel’s high-tech sector and help the start-up nation meet its emerging workforce challenges."
Jewish students at UMass Amherst fear rise of antisemitism (MA Jewish Ledger) - "'I was pretty involved with progressive student groups on campus until I started to feel like I was unwelcome because I was Jewish. It was just very uncomfortable to be a Jew in a progressive space.'"
Integrating tough questions about the intersection of race, religion, and politics (Penn Today) - "Through student discussions and outside lectures, one SNF Paideia Program course examined the Jewish experience, the history of prejudice, and intersectionality in Jewish identity, among other topics."
To reach students, S.F. Hillel fundraiser pours a coffee analogy - (The Jewish News of Northern California) - "San Francisco Hillel, which serves hundreds of students on multiple campuses, has stepped up by offering virtual Shabbat programs and other events for stuck-at-home students yearning for connection during the pandemic."
UGA Chabad House co-founder talks Jewish American Heritage Month (The Red & Black) - "The respect and admiration that Jewish students at UGA hold for Refson and her husband is almost palpable, and many of them credit the Chabad House with the continuation of their Jewish faith through college."
Anti-Israel Graffiti Found on College Campus Under Consideration as a Hate Crime (Newsweek) - "The Bates Leftist Coalition, in conjunction with 14 other student groups, issued a social media statement denouncing the college's decision to ask the police to investigate the graffiti."
CSG response to the Israel-Palestine conflict draws mixed reactions from U-M community (The Michigan Daily) - "The statement drew mixed reactions from the campus community, with some believing that the statement was biased and one-sided, and others believing that CSG did what was necessary to support Palestinian students on campus."
LSU Jewish students react to Student Government post in support of Palestine (Reveille) - "LSU's Student Government posted a "March for Palestine" event infographic on their Instagram page, and many Jewish students with Israeli heritage feel it was an inappropriate and offensive move."
April News updates
Oberlin College to open certified kosher kitchen (Cleveland Jewish News) - "With approximately 23% of Oberlin students identifying as Jewish, the college recognized there was a need to expand its dining options."
Now leasing: New Jewish student housing at UI (The News Gazette) - "[T]he living space is intended to provide a home-like environment in which Jewish students can live with others with like-minded traditions."
Penn refuses to move 2021 commencement from Jewish holiday despite student pleas (The Daily Pennsylvanian) - "Eligible Orthodox students who choose to attend the ceremony in person will be provided with accommodations, and the event will be recorded for families to watch at a later date."
Pomona Student Gov’t Passes Israel Boycott, Bans Future Investment (The Claremont Independent) - "ASPC will join Pitzer Student Senate as the second student government of the Claremont Consortium to enact an Israeli boycott."
Jewish students find community amid anti-Semitism (The Daily Orange) - "[S]he and other Jewish students have been working to develop and implement anti-Semitism training for student organizations across [Syracuse's] campus."
California Court Upholds Right for New Beverly and Joseph Glickman Hillel Center at UCSD to Move Forward (Hillel San Diego) - "The $19 million project consists of three state-of-the-art buildings totaling 6,500 square feet, and will serve the Jewish students of UCSD each year by hosting worship, Jewish learning, and community activities."
Yeshiva University students file lawsuit to get LGBTQ student club recognized (Washington Post) - "The lawsuit against the New York City-based school of about 3,000 students is expected to surface tensions over LGBT issues at the Modern Orthodox Jewish university, which aims to keep one foot in the Orthodox tradition of Judaism and another in modern American education."
After a brief career as a lawyer and a few years in higher education administration, I have been working as an independent college counselor at Vinik EPS since 2012. Originally from Baltimore, I now live in Rockville, MD with my husband, our three daughters, and our King Charles Cavalier Spaniel.