Anonymous Donor Issues Major Challenge
An anonymous donor has extended a major challenge to the Louis D. Brandeis Center
. This donor, an important source of Jewish communal philanthropy, has pledged to match new LDB contributions up to $100,000 at a rate of 1:2 this year. In other words, this donor will contribute $50 for every $100 that LDB receives in new contributions. This challenge is part of a three-year pledge in the low six figures. Now that contributions to LDB are tax-deductible under section 501(c)(3), this new challenge will help ensure that LDB is able to combat campus anti-Semitism
through cutting-edge research, public policy education and legal advocacy. We welcome tax-exempt contributions
from everyone who shares our commitment to combating anti-Semitism on college and university campuses.
LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus participated in a debate on "Responses to Anti-Semitism" as part of Ralph Nader's series on "Debating Taboos." On June 22, Marcus and Josef Olmert debated Arab civil rights advocates James Zogby and Jack Shaheen in Washington, D.C. The event will be broadcast on C-SPAN at a later date.
|Aristotle, Alarmism and Campus Anti-Semitism |
In the battle over campus anti-Semitism, alarmists are too often pitted against quietists. In this widely discussed article, Kenneth L. Marcus explains a middle way which is more reasonable than these approaches. Matthew Ackerman comments in Commentary Contentions that this article providees a "refreshing window into what things look like at ground level."
Jews, Asians and Discrimination in College Admissions
The Brandeis Center made its first filing at the U.S. Supreme Court. In June, LDB teamed up with several Asian civil rights organization, including the 80-20 National Asian American Educational Foundation, to speak out against anti-Jewish and anti-Asian discrimination. The Brandeis-80-20 joint brief challenges policies which restrict the admission of Asian Americans at the University of Texas. The brief shows how contemporary anti-Asian policies mimic methods which were previously used to restrict the enrollment of Jewish students in American universities during the last century. LDB Legal Advisor Alan Gura authored the brief.