Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner
Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner
January 2012
Dear Friends,


This month, we're highlighting our holdings on the topic of Jewish college students -- and for the first time, our monthly collection of resources is in the form of a Reader's Guide.

The full BJPA Reader's Guide to Jewish College Students includes more than 70 publications. A small sample:

Jewish Identity & Jewish Choices:

Campus Outreach & Organizations

Click here to download the full BJPA Reader's Guide to Jewish College Students.

If there are topics you'd like to see covered in future BJPA reader's guides, send your ideas to

With best wishes,



Prof. Steven M. Cohen

Director, Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner

13,000 documents... and growing!

Some of our latest additions:

Ask Jethro: Two Chicago Campus Initiatives to Reach and Assess Jewish Emerging Adults. URJ Press (forthcoming).

Scrapping Synagogue Dues: A Case Study. eJewishPhilanthropy (January 2012)

Inclusion of Children with Special Needs in Elementary School. Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (2011)

Supportive Community: An Evaluation Study, 2010. Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (2010)

Seminar highlighting key issues to be addressed in the evaluation of the mental health reform - Summary report. Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (2009)

Spiritual Care in Israel: An Evaluation of the Programs Funded by the UJA-Federation of New York. Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (2009)  

Special-needs Children in the Bedouin Population of the Negev: Characteristics, Patterns of Service Use, and the Impact of Caring for the Children on the Mothers.
Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (2008)

Contemporary Trends in Family Formation among the Jews in Russia.
Hebrew University (2006)

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: Campus Anti-Semitism. U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (July 2006)

Survey of the Jewish Population in Moldova. Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (2002)

America's Jewish Freshmen: Current Characteristics and Recent Trends Among Students Entering College. Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA (June 2002)  


Ethnicity, Religion and Demographic Change in Russia: Russians, Tatars and Jews. European Population Conference (September 1995)   




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Paula Hyman z"l

The Berman Jewish Policy Archive joins the rest of the Jewish scholarly and professional world in grieving the loss of historian Paula Hyman, z"l. Click to read Deborah Dash Moore's appreciation in the Forward.
From the J-Vault: A Census of Jewish College Students


This study, undertaken by the B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundations Commission, is divided into eight chapters:

  1. Jewish Students in the Past
  2. Method of the Present Study
  3. A Census of Jewish Students
  4. Special Aspects of the Census
  5. Jewish Student Organizations
  6. The Jew in Professional Studies
  7. Home Residence of Jewish Students
  8. Summary and Recommendations

The study provides many fascinating details. For example: 

In 1935-6, there were 105,000 Jewish students in America and Canada, comprising 9.13% of the student population (2.5 times higher than the general Jewish population).

There were already 38 national Jewish student organizations with 555 local chapters.
Jews made up 16.5% of the medical student population, and were also overrepresented in engineering, architecture, and social work.




Be sure to check out earlier editions of the J-Vault.  

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BJPA is funded by the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation and the Charles H. Revson Foundation.