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How hard is it to be a Jew on college campuses?


Despite the academic successes of Jewish students on college campuses in the United States, challenges remain, particularly in terms of social involvement and ability to practice religion, much like the challenges that face students who are members of other ethnic and religious minorities. In this paper we examine data from 1,087 Jewish students at eight elite colleges and universities in the United States. The greater the percentage of Jewish students on campus and, individually, the more Jewish students feel connected to other students, including Jewish friends, the more at ease they feel. Those more engaged in Jewish religious practices experience greater difficulty, especially if there are no kosher dining facilities on campus. Both the “invisible hand” of social structure and the practical matters of Jewish observance affect Jewish students’ personal sense of ease.

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Kadushin, C., Tighe, E. How hard is it to be a Jew on college campuses?. Cont Jewry 28, 1–20 (2008).

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  • Hierarchical Linear Modeling
  • Religious Involvement
  • Jewish Identity
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