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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

'Safe school' has a new meaning for Jewish students and parents

Brandeis has extended its application deadline for transfers and promised to make room for students seeking an environment “free of harassment and Jew-hatred.”


Brandeis was founded in 1948 to serve Jewish students barred by quotas from Ivy League universities. About one-third of students are Jewish at the secular university.


Elon University is drawing northerners to North Carolina.

Sixty-four percent of Jewish parents say their child dropped at least one college from their application list due to anti-semitism, according to a Hillel International poll. Ninety-six percent are worried about antisemitism on campus and 80 percent focused on campus safety in their college search process.


On some campuses, anti-Israel protesters have told Jewish students to "go back to Poland," "go back to Germany," or -- at the University of Illinois, Chicago -- "go back to Brooklyn."


Jewish students -- and others -- are looking southward for friendlier colleges, writes Eric Spitznagel on the Free Press.


Since 2019, applications to colleges in the South have surged by 42 percent -- 62 percent for state schools, according to Common App data. Many more students are coming from northern states.


Brandeis and Elon University in North Carolina were the only two universities in the country to get an A grade from the Anti-Defamation League" for "protecting Jewish students against hate, Spitznagel writes. "More than half of Elon University’s entire enrollment for 2023 hailed from northeastern states, with Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York leading the charge."


Scott Katz, who grew up in a Philadelphia suburb, chose Elon in 2022. “I definitely feel very safe on campus regarding my religion,” he says.


Also popular for northerners are Clemson, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, University of Miami and flagship state universities in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.


Michael Powell writes about Columbia's "liberated zone" in The Atlantic. A Jewish student pushed out as an "intruder" -- her friend had a Star of David necklace -- said she wasn't worried about her physical safety. “They’re Columbia students, too nerdy and too worried about their futures to hurt us,” she told Powell. But she was "taken aback by the sight of fellow students chanting like automatons" as they locked arms and advanced on the three Jewish classmates.

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Richard Rider
Richard Rider
May 03

In the blink of an eye, it SHOULD be apparent to the sane parents of a college kid -- or a kid who is applying for college -- that a serious IMMEDIATE reassessment of what college to attend is of PARAMOUNT importance. Your may well be funding the alienation of your own child.

Parental research is the top priority. Mind you, there are still a few colleges that are reasonably satisfactory. Indeed, a handful of GREAT colleges (starting with Hillsdale).

But that list of acceptable schools is rapidly dwindling.

Indeed, depending on the kid, it seldom makes sense today for parents to seek a liberal arts education for their sons and daughters. In 90+% of these colleges, such majors are…

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JK Brown
JK Brown
Apr 28

Abandon all hope ye who enter here. You'll likely not become educated on the campuses and your experience will be one of fear. The professors will demoralize you "to save the planet". Your minds open in your thirst for exposure to the best thinking will instead be filled with mindless incantations of the college cultists


Jordan Peterson says it better.


The collapse of the colleges could bring a new enlightenment. The Industrial Revolution came out of the workshops of England, not her universities. Newcommen, Watt, etc. never set foot in one of the finishing schools of the elite, but rather thought differently


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bkwormtoo
Apr 28

Once AGAIN, anti-Semitism is safe and at home in elite NE US universities, except violent this time. Anti-East-Asianism (and South Asians?) is BACK, too. Jewish (secular and observant), East Asian, and South Asian need to make their "voices" heard through their feet and dollars. And lawsuits. Spineless university adminicrats are too insular and deaf to reason and won't act justly.

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m_t_anderson
Apr 28

Wow! Who'd a thunk the most pro-American part of the country would be the old Confederacy? I guess that's what happens when Abolitionists get replaced by Fascist Jihadi wannabees.

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m_t_anderson
Apr 28
Replying to

"I don't know, like anyone who's been to the South in the last 45 years?"


Folks like little ol' conservative me, who sneaked into Texas in '81 (the day they shot Reagan), and didn't budge except to visit Alabama for a year. Been to the Left Coast and Yankeeland on visits since, and did not find them or their denizens to my liking.

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