After Gaza Conflict, Preparing for a Potentially Stormy Year on Campus

“We are expecting that things can get very ugly this year
on many college campuses, including some that were quiet in the past.”
Kenneth L. Marcus, president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law

By Alina Dain Sharon

This summer’s 50-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, which has come to a close if a cease-fire reached last week holds, has spurred a sharp rise in both anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incidents around the world. At the same time, the boundary between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism has become increasingly blurred, particularly on American college campuses.

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Placing Experience at the Center of Understanding Experiential Learning

By Dr. Gabe Goldman

[Note: In this article, the terms “teacher” and “student” also include counselors, hike leaders, campers, trip participants, etc.]

There is a wonderful story about chavrutot (learning partners) who completely disagree about the meaning of the text they are learning. Their views are exactly opposite of each other so they go to their teacher to find out which of them is right. The first student goes into the rabbi’s study and presents his case. The rabbi tells him that his understanding is exactly right. He leaves and the second student enters the rabbi’s study to present his case. The rabbi tells him that his understanding is exactly right. He leaves and the rabbi’s wife enters and says, “Those boys were in total disagreement but you told each of them he was right.” The rabbi looks at his wife and says, “You’re also right.”

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COJECO Launches the Keystone Fellowship to Bring Together Russian-Speaking and American-Born Jewish Leaders

COJECO Keystone

COJECO - the Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations is proud to introduce a new initiative - the Keystone Fellowship, a program designed to cultivate and nurture well-trained Jewish leaders in the New York Metro area. The Keystone … [Continue reading]

U.S. Jewish Young Adults React to the Gaza Conflict

The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies has released "U.S. Jewish Young Adults React to the Gaza Conflict: A Survey of Birthright Israel Applicants." This study examines the reactions of a diverse group of Jewish young adults (applicants to … [Continue reading]