The Institute for Jewish & Community Research (IJCR) examines anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism in America's educational systems, and has created a initiative based on analyses in this area. IJCR also engages in research on megagifts in American philanthropy, giving to higher education, and motivations for giving to Jewish causes. Additionally, we study the demography of the Jewish people, looking at how Jewish identity is defined and expressed.
The Anti-Semitism Initiative addresses lowered norms of tolerance toward Jews and hostility towards Israel in America’s educational systems. Kenneth L. Marcus, the director of the Initiative, has emerged as a leader in this field masterfully networking and building coalitions with all players in this arena, in addition to laying out the intellectual framework and game plan to effectively address the legal loophole that prohibits protecting Jewish students.
ADL and AJC Suffer Big Drop in Donations
Nathan Guttman, The Forward, December 9, 2011
Invoking 'academic freedom' to silence debate
Kenneth L. Marcus, New Jersey Jewish News, November 9, 2011
Federal Discrimination Investigation Assumes Students, Like Home Buyers, Can Be Illegally 'Steered'
Peter Schmidt, The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 11, 2011
New Charge Over Hostile Columbia Classroom
Marc Tracy, The Tablet, October 4, 2011
Office for Civil Rights to Investigate IJCR Complaint against Columbia University
Kenneth L. Marcus, September 28, 2011
Civil Rights Commissioners Support IJCR Call for Legislation to Protect Students on the Basis of Religion
September 28, 2011
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Bullying as a Civil Rights Violation: The U.S. Department of Education’s Approach to Harassment
Kenneth L. Marcus, Engage, August-September, 2011
AJC Gets it Right on Campus anti-Semitism, at Last
Kenneth L. Marcus, Forward, August 23, 2011
Protecting Jewish Rights on Campus
Asaf Romirowsky, Jewish Political Studies Review, Vol. 23, No. 1-2,, August, 2011
Yale Shuts Down Anti-Semitism Program
June 17, 2011
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Civil Rights Ace Now Seeks to Trump anti-Semitism
Dan Pine, JWeekly June 16, 2011
Scholars protest Yale University’s closure of YIISA
June 12, 2011
Jews decry Yale closing anti-Semitism study center
Jordana Horn, The Jerusalem Post, June 9, 2011
IJCR's Kenneth L. Marcus joins others in denouncing Yale University's decision to shut down its Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism for "clearly political" reasons. Read On...
The New OCR Antisemitism Policy
Kenneth L. Marcus, Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, Vol. 2, No. 2
IJCR’s Kenneth L. Marcus explains the significance of the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights important policy guidance on bullying and harassment in October 2010. Read On...
UC Debates Free Speech Vs. Federal Protection
By Rex Weiner, The Forward, May 18, 2011
Against the backdrop of an investigation by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, UC Santa Cruz Jewish students and faculty, and IJCR's Anti-Semitism Director Kenneth L. Marcus, discuss the merits of federal involvement. Read On...
IJCR’s Kenneth L. Marcus testifies before the US Civil Rights Commission on Religious Harassment in the Public Schools
May 13, 2011
Marcus testified at the hearing on bullying based on race, disability, or religion. He offered a number of options for federal legislation to protect students from bullying based on religion. See Marcus testimony
2011 Gary A. Tobin Awards Announced
IJCR, May 11, 2011
San Francisco - Student accounts of anti-Semitic environments on various California campuses and at Rutgers University were selected in the first annual Gary A. Tobin Awards for college student journalism on anti-Semitism. The Institute for Jewish & Community Research and Student Free Press Association partnered to establish the competition recognizing excellence in student reporting about the campus environment for Jews. Read On...
The Wrong Statement on Campus Anti-Semitism
By Kenneth L. Marcus, The Cutting Edge News, April 22, 2011
IJCR’s Kenneth L. Marcus responds to “Anti-Semitism on Campus” by AAUP president Cary Nelson and American Jewish Committee’s Kenneth Stern. Marcus refutes Nelson and Stern’s charge that “many” of the “recent allegations” of campus anti-Semitism “simply seek to silence anti-Israel discourse and speakers.” Read On...
Feds Institute for Jewish & Community Research Questions UC Irvine For Secret Meeting Introducing Students to Hamas in the West Bank
IJCR, March 30, 2011
San Francisco - Institute for Jewish & Community Research (IJCR) expresses serious concerns about new information alleging that the University of California, Irvine's Olive Tree Initiative privately arranged to introduce Irvine students to senior Hamas leader, Aziz Duwaik, and urged the students to keep this 2009 meeting secret. Read Press Release...
IJCR issues formal comments on the American Association of University Professors proposed new policy
March 18, 2011
IJCR has issued formal comments urging the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) to make several substantial changes in its problematic proposed new policy on "Ensuring Academic Freedom in Politically Controversial Academic Personnel Decisions." IJCR has shown that the AAUP's new policy would undermine precisely the values that it purports to serve: academic freedom and academic integrity. Additionally, as IJCR has explained in The Quad, AAUP's new policy would have a detrimental effect on supporters of Israel in higher education. Read IJCR Letter...
Feds Open anti-Semitism complaint at UC-Santa Cruz
IJCR, March 15, 2011
The Institute for Jewish & Community Research and the Student Free Press Association announce the launch of the Gary A. Tobin Awards: Excellence in Student Reporting on Anti-Semitism. This first in a series of awards recognizes exemplary student reporting on anti-Semitism and related prejudices in education. The Tobin Award’s goal is to stimulate interest and activity in writing that restores rational and civil dialogue on campus.
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The Institute for Jewish & Community Research and the Student Free Press Association announce the launch of the Gary A. Tobin Awards: Excellence in Student Reporting on Anti-Semitism. This first in a series of awards recognizes exemplary student reporting on anti-Semitism and related prejudices in education. The Tobin Award’s goal is to stimulate interest and activity in writing that restores rational and civil dialogue on campus. Read on...
U.S. must enforce policy on campus harassment
By Kenneth L. Marcus, JTA, December 8, 2010
IJCR's Kenneth L. Marcus warns in an Op-Ed that the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights must do more to enforce its policy to prevent harassment of Jewish students. Read on...
Ancient Hatred at a Campus Near You
By Kenneth L. Marcus, Toronto Globe and Mail, November 8, 2010
IJCR’s Kenneth L. Marcus, reporting from the second conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism, bemoans animus against Jews that “emanates from the very institutions usually thought to be bulwarks against irrational prejudice—the major research universities.” Read on...
No Longer Kosher to Bully Jews:
Feds Reverse Civil Rights Policy on Religious Groups
October 27, 2010
The Obama administration issued a policy reversal that protects Jews on campus in its response school
bullying. The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights warns schools to correct hostile environments for Jewish students as in Kenneth L. Marcus’ never-enforced 2004 policy, issued when he was chief of OCR. Read the press release...
Jewish Identity And Civil Rights in America
By Kenneth L. Marcus, Cambridge University Press, October, 2010
This month we are releasing Kenneth Marcus’ new book, Jewish Identity And Civil Rights in America, recently named the Best Civil Rights Book of 2010, which examines the legal and policy issues behind the ambiguity involved with civil rights protections for Jewish students using the recent case against UC Irvine as an example. Read on...
Whitewashing Antisemitism at the University of California-Irvine
By Kenneth L. Marcus, Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, Volume 2, Issue #1, 2010
An article by Kenneth L. Marcus, Director of the Institute’s Initiative, was published in the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism. The article addresses the persistently hostile environment for Jewish students at the University of California-Irvine and the failure of administrators and government officials to take adequate action. Read on...
A Blind Eye to Campus Anti-Semitism?
By Kenneth L. Marcus, Commentary Magazine, September, 2010
Initiative director Kenneth L. Marcus offers a preview of the most explosive findings in his new book, Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America. On the campus of the University of California at Irvine, Jewish students were physically and verbally harassed, threatened, shoved and stalked, but government officials turned a blind eye. Read on...
Sherman-Spector Bill Introduced to Protect Jewish Students
September 24, 2010
U.S. Senator Arlen Specter and U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman announced the introduction of legislation to protect students from religious discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Read the press release...
An Open Letter to Yale University
September 23, 2010
In August, we participated in a conference on "Global Antisemitism, a Crisis of Modernity," held at Yale University, organized by the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitsm (YIISA). We later signed a letter affirming the scholarship at the conference against unfair critics. Read on...
Watch Kenneth L. Marcus make a presentation at YIISA on August 23, 2010.
Contemporary Antisemitism in Higher Education: Manifestations, Sources, and Responses
In August, we co-convened an international scholars' workshop at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies to address means of combating North American campus Antisemitism.
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Thirty-six members of Congress urge Secretary Duncan to accept Title VI reform proposals
July 8, 2010
In July, 36 members of congress responded to the June briefing by urging Secretary Duncan to accept the Title VI reform proposals that we have advocated.
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Stronger Civil Rights for Jewish Students
June 13, 2010
In June, we briefed congressional staff on the need to provide Jewish students with stronger civil rights protections against campus anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism.
Letter to Education Secretary Regarding Anti-Semitic Intimidation on Campus
March 16, 2010
Our months of coalition-building began to pay off in March, when twelve Jewish organizations joined us in urging U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to enforce Title VI and combat campus antisemitism.
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