The Institute for Jewish & Community Research (IJCR) is an independent, non-partisan think tank that provides innovative research and pragmatic policy analysis on a broad range of issues including racial and religious identity, philanthropy, and anti-Semitism.
“Israel and the Campus: The Real Story”…Not Quite
Institute for Jewish & Community Research December 7, 2012
A recent report by the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE), “Israel and the Campus: The Real Story,” presents what seems to be a blockbuster finding: only 3% of American universities report any anti-Israel activity. Yet we know that a vastly larger percentage of Jewish students are being impacted by anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism. Institute for Jewish & Community Research’s (IJCR) national survey of students found 43% of Jewish students reported anti-Semitism during their time on campus. Buried further down in AICE’s own study is another disturbing figure; 78% of Jewish students report witnessing or personally experiencing anti-Semitism (not necessarily on campus). Read more...
Clueless on Campus: Candid Advice for Jewish Organizations
Institute for Jewish & Community Research October 4, 2012
It has been more than a decade since the campus climate began deteriorating for Jewish students. Over the years, a myriad of Jewish organizations have devoted time and resources in a well-meaning, but too often ad-hoc effort to restore honesty, civility and tolerance to the campus. While these organizations deserve praise for their work, they are also in need of some guidance. Read more...
NEW IJCR RESEARCH -
Anti-Western Bias Relates to Anti-Semitism on Campus
Institute for Jewish & Community Research May 2012
This report by Institute for Jewish & Community Research provides an exploratory look at the relationship between critical views of the West and negative views of Jews and Israel. The findings reveal consistent and significant differences that shed light on the relationship between existing criticisms of America, capitalism and business, and rising anti-Israel and anti-Semitic views. In many ways, anti-Jewish rhetoric has moved away from the Jew as the subversive outsider and toward a vision of the Jew as the oppressive insider. Read more...
Facing the Charge of Racism: New Research on Jewish Student Identity
Institute for Jewish & Community Research March 2012
Accusations of racism have become a staple of anti-Israel protest on campus and, for Jewish students, these charges can negatively impact their college experience and raise important questions about their Jewish identity. The irony of the racism accusation is that young Jews are firmly committed to the global world in which they live. Read more...
Following the Money: A Look at Jewish Foundation Giving
Erik Ludwig and Aryeh Weinberg Institute for Jewish and Community Research February 2012
IJCR’s Study of Jewish foundations finds that private foundations continue to provide significant support toward traditional centralized organizations while also seeding innovative Jewish projects and organizations. Read more...
ADL and AJC Suffer Big Drop in Donations
Nathan Guttman, The Forward, December 9, 2011
IJCR's Aryeh Weinberg says all signs indicate that major multi-issue organizations need to learn to adapt to the new reality, mainly by offering their donors more of a say on how their contributions are used. Read more...
The Trouble with Textbooks: Distorting History and Religion Gary A. Tobin and Dennis R. Ybarra (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2008)
The Trouble with Textbooks sounds the alarm about how textbooks disparage some groups and teach historical distortions. Our schools are supposed to instill young people with American values and provide students with the knowledge necessary for good citizenship. Instead, textbooks are filled with mistakes and misrepresentations.