The Decline in Jewish Students on Ivy League Campuses

A reader went off on an anti-Semitic tirade to our post about the decline in the number of Jewish students on Ivy League campuses (photo credit: Bryan Y.W. Shin).

About a year and a half ago, we reported on the declining number of Jewish students on Ivy League campuses. As Shira Telushkin wrote at the time in a piece for Tablet entitled “The Vanishing Ivy League Jew,” “In 2010, Penn was just under 20 percent Jewish…By 2016, only 13 percent of the campus identified as Jewish by religion, a decrease of over 600 Jewish students…And Penn is far from the only Ivy League campus to note a decline.  To take another example, throughout the 2000s, about 20 percent of incoming freshmen at Yale University identified as Jewish, according to data collected by the Yale University Chaplain’s Office. In the 2010s, that number was closer to 16 percent. For the past three years, The Harvard Crimson has reported that about 10 percent of incoming first-year students identified as Jewish, according to their own survey. For the incoming Harvard class of 2020, that number has dropped to 6 percent.”

We at Ivy Coach not only reported on these figures but expressed concern about a decline in the number of Jewish students on Ivy League campuses. Well, it seems a reader of ours, doesn’t exactly share in our concern. In a comment to our blog, a reader writes (and do pardon his grammar and typos), “Ivy Coach, solely owned by Jews, is proposing that Jews, whom are GROSSLY overrepresented at the Ivies, take away MORE spots from the Underrepresented Minorities at the Ivy League to make room for them…Would you be willing to give up your Jewish Slots for Christian Slots? NEVER! You would say that was racist too! How about Ivy Coach worrying about the best students not getting in based on merit instead of a certain demographic? You seem to be worried about every group except the MOST discriminated against of all- White Christian Males. Let’s be fair Ivy Coach!”

While the reader’s post — which you can read in full on the original blog — of course contains giant leaps of logic, including the notion that stymieing the decline of Jewish students on Ivy League college campuses means discriminating against white Christian males, we really didn’t know how to respond to this reader since addressing his confounding logic would, in a way, allow his blatant anti-Semitism to go unchecked. What say our readers? Care to address his blatantly anti-Semitic tirade in the Comments section below? Please do!


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