JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen May 6, 2019 - Celebrate Jewish-American Heritage Month at the Library of Congress #general

N. Kotz

In observance of Jewish American Heritage Month, and in cooperation
with the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington, Dr. Dan A.
Oren will present on his book titled "Joining the Club: A History of
Jews and Yale."

Between the 1920s and early 1960s, Yale had an unwritten 10% quota on
Jewish students. Beginning in 1809 there were Jewish students at Yale
however they were few in number and easily incorporated into a
generally tolerant community. But by the 1920s 10% of undergrads were
Jewish and the Jewish applicant pool was expanding. Yale did not want
to be seen as a Jewish college and thus loose the patronage of the
upper class to Harvard.

Dr. Oren tells the story of Jews at Yale very comprehensively and
expands his writing to include philosophical issues related to racial
and ethnic groups who continue to feel excluded by universities who
see a "balanced" class as their goal.

Details are available at
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Nancy C. Kotz
VP Communications, JGSGW

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