To Free Our Brothers

April 14 2014

When Jacob Birnbaum, who died last week, launched the American struggle for Soviet Jewry in the 1970s, his goal seemed wildly quixotic. Within a decade, it was U.S. policy. (2004)

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At America’s Best Universities, Biblical Religion Is a Curiosity, if Not a Menace

Oct. 20 2021

At the time of Columbia University’s founding in 1784, notes Meir Soloviechik, the leader of the local synagogue, Gershom Mendes Seixas, was made a member of its board of regents. A Jewish student even gave a commencement address, composed by Seixas, in Hebrew. In the 20th century, Columbia attracted numerous Jews with the relaxation of quotas, and was the first secular university to create a chair in Jewish history. Barnard College, Columbia’s all-women’s school, was itself founded by a Jewish woman, and today has a large number of Orthodox Jewish students.

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More about: American Jewry, American Religion, Columbia University, Orthodoxy, University