Brandeis Briefs

The Brandeis Brief is the monthly electronic newsletter of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law. Read The Brandeis Brief for the latest on our campaign against campus anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism, as well as occasional articles on freedom of speech, academic freedom and global anti-Semitism. The monthly Brandeis BookNote feature offers reviews of recent books about anti-Semitism and related issues. For your free subscription, sign up here. If you are a Brandeis Brief reader, we would like to hear from you. Contact us here to let us know what you think of the Brief. And if we can help you to address anti-Semitism or related civil rights problems on your college campus, please reach us here.

2017

October 2017 – Two Steps Forward… 

The end of the Jewish year brought important victories in the fight against anti-Semitism.

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September 2017 – SJP Punished

In a major victory for free speech on American campuses, the University of California Irvine has placed their chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine on probation for a two-year period.

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August 2017 – TAKING A STAND

As the end of the summer approaches, we reflect on the various accomplishments achieved in the fight against the BDS movement, and against anti-Semitism worldwide.

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July 2017 – Beating BDS

The last few weeks have seen state-wide anti-BDS victories in Kansas, Nevada, and North Carolina.

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June 2017: Victories in Europe

The end of May and the beginning of June led to developments in the fight against anti-Semitism in America and Europe.
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March 2017 – Fighting Back Against Threats to the Jewish Community

As spring approaches, the United States is reeling from a surge in anti-Semitic incidents, including threats to Jewish Community Centers and attacks on Jewish Cemeteries.

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February 2017 – More Good News

In this new year, we are pleased with a slew of positive advancements in the fight against anti-Semitism.

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January 2017 – Warning M.L.A., Praising U.K.

We have had good recent news from Ohio and London, as we continue to fight for Jewish students on college campuses and on Capitol Hill.

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2016

December 2016 – Heating Up

This past week, we saw a successful bipartisan legislative effort in the Senate as the landmark Scott-Casey “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act” was passed unanimously.

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November 2016 – Giving Thanks

Whatever your feelings about the recent U.S. election, we all have much to give thanks about.
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September 2016 – New battles in Irvine, Knoxville, New Jersey, and around the World

As the students prepare to start a new academic year, BDS battles continue to rage unabated.

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August 2016 – The Heat Is On

As the summer draws to a close, the battle against campus anti-Semitism is only heating up. We at the Brandeis Center have been working throughout the heat to ensure that all Jewish students will be safe in their studies this fall.

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July 2016 – Defeating BDS

With the summer in full swing, the Louis D. Brandeis Center is pleased to report on more good news. States across the U.S. have made bold steps to curb the BDS movement — including recently New York and Rhode Island.

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June 2016 – Suing BDS

This week, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Justice Louis D. Brandeis’s confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States, we are pleased to reflect on several powerful efforts underway to defeat BDS and campus anti-Semitism.

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May 2016 – Bringing BDS to Court

Despite disgusting anti-Semitic incidents on college campuses in the last few months, there have been significant strides forward in the battle against anti-Semitism and BDS.

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April 2016 – Better Than Ever

The Brandeis Center is blooming this Spring, with the appointments of Jennie Gross to Senior Staff Attorney and Professor Oren Gross to LDB’s Academic Advisory Board.

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February 2016 – What’s Hot

During this cold winter, two things are hot at the Brandeis Center:campus controversies and legislative advances.

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January 2016 – Reforming Middle East Studies

The Brandeis Center has long sought reforms to the misuse of federal funds by highly politicized anti-Israel Middle East Studies outreach programs.

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2015

November 2015 – Giving Thanks

In this month of Thanksgiving, we are grateful for the support that we are receiving for our fight against campus anti-Semitism.

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October 2015 – Hit the Ground Running

As the new academic year progresses, LDB has been hosting a number of important events and chapter launches.

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September 2015 – New Year, Old Problems

As college students prepare for a new academic year, LDB is ready to combat continuing anti-Semitism on campuses across the country.

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August 2015 – Defining Anti-Semitism 

This month’s Brandeis Brief focuses on the need for accurately defining anti-Semitism.

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July 2015 – Hope on the Horizon

The July issue of the Brandeis Brief reviews developments in the campaign against campus and global anti-Semitism, which has seen both challenges in advances over the last few weeks

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June 2015 – The Heat Continues to Rise 

The Brandeis Center has released “The Heat Continues to Rise,” the June 2015 issue of The Brandeis Brief, with updates on current higher education developments, the state of global anti-Semitism, LDB’s campaign against campus anti-Semitism.

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May 2015 – Anti-Semitism on the rise

Our Legal Advocacy Initiative continues to expand as we welcome three new LDB law student chapters in the Windy City. Our new chapters at the University of Chicago, DePaul, and Kent could not come at a better time. The recent Kantor Center Report shows a 38% worldwide increase of anti-Semitism.
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April 2015 – Spring Forward

This month, we have seen increased public attention to campus anti-Semitism in the mainstream media.
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March 2015 Brandeis Brief – Good News and Bad News

As campuses across the United States brace for the hatefulness that is “Israel Apartheid Week,” we have good news and bad.
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February 2015 Brandeis Brief: Preparing for a Hot Spring

In our experience, the spring semester is often the worst time for anti-Israel and anti-Semitic campus activity.

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January 2015 Brandeis Brief – LDB Hosts Student Confab

The Brandeis Center ended 2014 on a high note with the success of our second annual National Law Student Leadership Conference, which was attended by student leaders from fifteen law schools across the country.

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2014

December 2014 Brandeis Brief- Law Students Take Center Stage

As we celebrate Giving Tuesday, we at the Louis D. Brandeis Center are grateful to the many law student leaders who are giving back by helping us to achieve our mission.

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November 2014 Brandeis Brief – Fall Forward

Over the next week, the Brandeis Center is rolling out three new Law Student Chapters in New York, Minneapolis, and St. Paul.

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October 2014 Brandeis Brief – Reforming Middle East Studies

This month, the Brandeis Center rolled out our newest initiative — to reform biased, politicized, federally funded Middle East Studies programs around the country.

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September 2014 Brandeis Brief – After Gaza

After the violent turmoil in Gaza, we are prepared to face an exceptionally difficult year for Jewish and pro-Israel students on American college campuses.

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August 2014 Brandeis Brief – Capitol Update

This summer has been unusually busy for the Brandeis Center in Washington, D.C. With most American universities in summer session, we have focused our efforts on public policy advocacy and appellate litigation.

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July 2014 Brandeis Brief – Of Holocaust Deniers, Terrorists, and Presbyterians The Brandeis Brief

Summer is finally here, and many students have headed off to summer jobs, internships, or graduation. Nevertheless, higher education controversies continue to simmer.

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June 2014 Brandeis Brief – Season Finale

In the June issue of the Brandeis Brief, several writers address anti-Semitic and anti-Israel incidents at Vassar College, New York University, and elsewhere, as well as the Louis D. Brandeis Center’s tireless efforts to combat campus anti-Semitism and support Jewish college students

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May 2014 Brandeis Brief – From Ukraine to the U.S.

Recent weeks have seen very disturbing anti-Semitic incidents, ranging from the Ukraine flyers to the Kansas shooter to the Hungarian elections, as well as another spate of incidents on American college campuses.

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April 2014 Brandeis Brief : A Tale of Two Cities: Bad News in Ann Arbor, Good News in Brooklyn

Several disturbing anti-Semitism reports are coming out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Brandeis Center lawyers are investigating. Anti-Israel activists failed in their efforts to convince the University of Michigan student government to adopt a boycott resolution.

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March 2014 Brandeis Brief: The Changing Threat from the New BDS

The March 2014 issue of the Brandeis Brief focuses on the changing threat from the movement to boycott Israel, as well as legislative responses, and the “mainstreaming of anti-Semitism.

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February 2014 Brandeis Brief: Taking the Offensive

When The Chronicle of Higher Education observes that the American Studies Association is now on the defensive, it is a sign that efforts by LDB and its allies are bearing fruit.

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January 2014 Brandeis Brief

The first 2014 issue of the Louis D. Brandeis Center’s popular electronic newsletter discusses the five big takeaways from the American Studies Association’s BDS debacle — and a lot more.

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2013

Happy Thanksgivukkah!

What a month! You may have heard about the Brandeis Center’s successful anti-BDS mini-conference at Fordham Law, which Ari Plaut covers below.

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November Issue of the Brandeis Brief : The Law Student Initiative

The Brandeis Center is very pleased to announce an important new initiative. We have talked to many law students who feel underserved and out-gunned.

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October Issue of Brandeis Brief: Standing up for Jewish Students

The legal campaign to protect Jewish students’ rights has had several important positive impacts, despite some legal setbacks, which are discussed in October’s issue of the Brandeis Brief.

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Brandeis Center releases August issue of The Brandeis Brief

Summer is supposed to slow down for organizations that focus on college and university life, but it has only heated up at the Louis D. Brandeis Center.

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Brandeis Center releases July issue of The Brandeis Brief

July’s issue of the Brandeis Brief debunks myths and provides interesting information about anti-Semitism on college campuses, while also exploring anti-Semitism through an historical perspective.

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Success at UC Davis

The June 2013 issue of the Brandeis Brief will discuss positive developments at the University of California at Davis, as well as LDB’s defense of Tammi Rossman-Benjmain, Greg Lukianoff’s guest blog appearance, and the arrival of LDB’s first group of interns.

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The Cruelest Month

April was a harsh month, bringing several unfortunate developments on and off campus. However, Brandeis Center lawyers have been busy, spending much of the month in California working with university students, professors and administrators to combat campus anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism.

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Where Was Obama When He Was Supposedly in Israel?

In the April issue of the Brandeis Brief, litigator Alyza Lewin explains the Jerusalem passport case, internet guru Andre Oboler examines anti-Semitism on Facebook, historian Gil Troy compares anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, and LDB Staff Attorney Danit Sibovits introduces herself to our readers.

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From Kalamazoo to CUNY Too

The March issue of the Brandeis Brief describes LDB’s recent efforts to combat campus anti-Semitism nationwide. This issue also includes a full-length review essay by Kenneth L. Marcus which asks the question, “Is Anti-Semitism Unique?” This essay explores an important recent controversy among contemporary scholars of anti-Semitism and the intervention of German political scientist Clemens Heni.

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Must We Fight Anti-Semitism?

The February issue of the Brandeis Brief asks whether we must really fight anti-Semitism, when so many activists prefer to focus on the positive. The Brief also discusses the Brandeis Center’s recent efforts to combat campus anti-Semitism and reviews Gil Troy’s new book on the United Nations’ Zionism as Racism resolution.

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Brandeis Brief Revamped with New Features

The January issue of The Brandeis Brief presents our first Year in Review, describing a momentous year. Additionally, the Brief contains a new Brandeis Book Note section as well as original analysis on “How Much Campus Anti-Semitism?”

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2012

LDB Releases December Brandeis Brief

The December issue of the The Brandeis Brief discusses the impact of Operation Pillar of Defense on American college and university campuses.

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LDB Releases November Brandeis Brief

The Brandeis Center’s November Brandeis Brief highlights the Office for Civil Rights’ investigation into whether Jewish students at the University of California at Berkeley are facing unlawful discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964

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LDB Releases October Brandeis Brief

LDB’s October Brandeis Brief analyzes the latest battles over campus anti-Semitism and the First Amendment and provides the latest news on the Brandeis Center’s efforts to eliminate discrimination against Jewish college and university students.

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LDB Releases September Brandeis Brief

As students and faculty return to campus for the Fall semester, The Louis D. Brandeis Center has developed a Best Practices Guide to inform and guide university administrators who want to take campus anti-Semitism seriously.

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LDB Releases August Brandeis Brief

The August issue of the Brandeis Brief features new developments in California as well as new additions to the Brandeis Center’s advisory boards.

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LDB Releases July Brandeis Brief

In Issue #4 The Brandeis Brief talks about Title VI & the anti-Semitism debates

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Progress!

The June issue of the Brandeis Brief describes important progress at the Louis D. Brandeis Center and in the campaign to combat campus anti-Semitism.

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LDB Releases May Brandeis Brief

In Issue 3, The Brandeis Brief discusses problems at Rutgers and FAU, while announcing an expansion of its Board of Directors.

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March Goes Out Like a Lion: The Louis D. Brandeis Center Continues to Roar

The second issue of LDB’s electronic newsletter, The Brandeis Brief, announces LDB’s extraordinary recent work, including new publications on genocidal incitement and campus anti-Semitism.

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The Brandeis Brief is Launched!

LDB has launched its new electronic newsletter, The Brandeis Brief, with articles about the inception of the Brandeis Center and its battle against campus anti-Semitism.

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