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Nearly All Jewish Students in U.S. Colleges Are Natives, Survey Finds

NEARLY 100 PER CENT OF THE 105,000 JEWISH STUDENTS IN AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES WERE BORN IN AMERICA, IT IS REVEALED IN AN ARTICLE BY DR. LEE J. LEVINGER IN THE JULY ISSUE OF THE B’NAI B’RITH MAGAZINE, JUST PUBLISHED.

DR. LEVINGER, WHO IS DIRECTOR OF THE B’NAI B’RITH HILLEL FOUNDATION RESEARCH BUREAU, BASED HIS ARTICLE ON A QUESTIONNAIRE FILLED IN BY 4,000 JEWISH STUDENTS FROM ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. ONE RESULT SHOWED THAT ONLY FOUR PER CENT OF THE 4,000 STUDENTS HAD BEEN BORN ABROAD. THE RETURNS INDICATED THAT “THE TYPICAL JEWISH STUDENT HAS PARENTS WHO WERE FOREIGN BORN AND ARRIVED IN THE UNITED STATES BETWEEN 1901 AND 1910; HIS FATHER IS ENGAGED IN RETAIL BUSINESS, BELONGS TO A SYNAGOGUE AND A JEWISH LODGE OR OTHER SOCIAL ORGANIZATION.”

ASKED WHETHER THEY HAD PERSONALLY EXPERIENCED ANTI-JEWISH DISCRIMINATION AT COLLEGE, TWO-THIRDS OF THE 4,000 ANSWERED THAT THEY HAD NOT. HALF STATED THAT THEY HAD NOT EVEN HEARD OF SUCH DISCRIMINATION, WHILE ONE-THIRD ANSWERED THAT THEY HAD EXPERIENCED IT PERSONALLY. OF THIS THIRD, MOST HAD EXPERIENCED SOCIAL DISCRIMINATION, WITH MUCH LESS EMPHASIS ON ATHLETIC, ACADEMIC, OR EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION.

CORRECTION

IN A LONDON DISPATCH ON THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT’S REPORT FOR 1936 TO THE MANDATES COMMISSION, PUBLISHED IN THE JTA NEWS OF JUNE 30, IT WAS INCORRECTLY STATED THAT THE MANDATES COMMISSION WOULD MEET JUNE 30. THE COMMISSION WILL MEET IN GENEVA JULY 30.

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