Giving Thanks
November 2015

In this month of Thanksgiving, we are grateful for the support that we are receiving for our fight against campus anti-Semitism. Already in this new semester, LDB attorneys have been focused on problems at several universities from coast to coast. The publication of Kenneth L. Marcus' book on The Definition of Anti-Semitism (Oxford University Press, 2015) has raised public attention to the problem that so many Jewish college students are facing. We appreciate your continued support.
The BDS Solidarity Wave
Petra Marquardt Bigman, The Brandeis Blog

Activists campaigning for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel recently called for an "international wave of action in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle" and promoted the planned events on social media under the hashtag #SolidarityWaveBDS. What is this "solidarity wave" really about? 

Michael Kleinman, The Brandeis Blog
The latest annual US State Department Annual Report on International Religious Freedom reveals that the level of anti-Semitic incidents continues to rise in Europe. The rise in European anti Semitism is tied to criticism of Israeli policy.
Dan Pine, J Weekly

Dan Pine's article, released on October 15 for, is part of a multipart series examining the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement in California: how it operates, how it is being opposed and what it represents. This article discusses the hostile envoirment many students endure on college campuses. Pines states that academic departments and professional associations play key roles in promoting BDS, or boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. In some cases, they punish colleagues who refuse to toe the line.

UMCourseLDB Announces Expansion to Pacific Northwest 

VP of the new LDB chapter_ Natan Tubman_ introduces LDB Staff Attorney Aviva Vogelstein
VP of the new LDB chapter Natan Tubmam introduces LDB Staff Attorney Aviva Vogelstein
On October 19th, LDB opened its 17th law student chapter at the University of Washington (UW) School of Law, in Seattle. LDB now manages 16 active chapters nationwide. LDB law students have the opportunity to receive education and training on legal methods to combat campus anti-Semitism
MelanieRabbi Finman Interview with LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus
Michelle Yabes, Brandeis Blog

Earlier this month, LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus provided Rabbi Herschel Finman with an interview for his radio show. The interview can be heard here.

Daniel M. Kimmel, Jewish Advocate 

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One might think that a book entitled "The Definition of Anti-Semitism" would be very short. The author would explain it means hatred of and bigotry toward Jews and that would be it. However, from the origin of the word, to how to spell it, to the title subject matter which takes up most of the book, it's actually quite complicated.Daniel M. Kimmel states that for "the average reader, 'The Definition of Anti-Semitism' is an often fascinating intellectual exercise. For those who are involved in the issue professionally - whether in law enforcement, academia, government, or organizations - it is, or should be, required reading."

Erin Elliott Bryan, AJW News

More than half of 1,157 self-identified Jewish college students at 55 campuses around the United States reported having been subjected to or having witnessed anti-Semitism on their campuses. This is according to the National Demographic Survey of American Jewish College Students, which was released in February by Trinity College and the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB). While in the Twin Cities for the launch of University of Minnesota LDB law student chapter on September 30th, LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus sat down with American Jewish World's Community News Editor, Erin Elliot Bryan, to discuss the trend of rising anti-Semitic incidents across college campuses

Proceeds from this book, now available on Amazon, will benefit the Brandeis Center.

MelanieThe Brandeis Center Welcomes Two New Civil Right Fellows and New Communications and Development Intern

Michael Kleinman, Anne Crowell, and Michelle Yabes
The Brandeis Center brought on two new Civil Rights Legal Fellows, Michael Kleinman and Anne Crowell, and one Communications and Development Intern, Michelle Yabes, this Fall.The new additions to the LDB team this fall bring their wide range of experiences and skills to the organization, and will assist us as we continue our mandate to combat campus anti-Semitism.

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