The Institute for Jewish & Community Research (IJCR) is an independent, non-partisan think tank that provides innovative research and pragmatic policy analysis on a broad range of issues including racial and religious identity, philanthropy, and anti-Semitism.
Brandeis Cancels Plan to Give Honorary Degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Critic of Islam
Richard Peréna-Peña & Tanzina Vega,
New York Times April 8, 2014
Facing growing criticism, Brandeis University said Tuesday that it had reversed course and would not award an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a campaigner for women's rights and a fierce critic of Islam, who has called the religion "a destructive, nihilistic cult of death."...Having drawn fire for inviting Ms. Hirsi Ali, Brandeis may now take criticism from other camps, whether for disavowing Ms. Hirsi Ali's views, or for giving in to Muslim activists. Read more...
Canada recognizes Jewish refugees expelled from Mideast, N. Africa
Yonah Jeremy Bob,
The Jerusalem Post March 4, 2014
Canada, early on Tuesday, accepted the recommendation of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development that "Canada officially recognizes the experience of Jewish refugees who were displaced from states in the Middle East and North Africa after 1948." Read more...
NEW IJCR RESEARCH -
Anti-Western Bias Relates to Anti-Semitism on Campus
Institute for Jewish & Community Research May 2012
This report by Institute for Jewish & Community Research provides an exploratory look at the relationship between critical views of the West and negative views of Jews and Israel. The findings reveal consistent and significant differences that shed light on the relationship between existing criticisms of America, capitalism and business, and rising anti-Israel and anti-Semitic views. In many ways, anti-Jewish rhetoric has moved away from the Jew as the subversive outsider and toward a vision of the Jew as the oppressive insider. Read more...
Facing the Charge of Racism: New Research on Jewish Student Identity
Institute for Jewish & Community Research March 2012
Accusations of racism have become a staple of anti-Israel protest on campus and, for Jewish students, these charges can negatively impact their college experience and raise important questions about their Jewish identity. The irony of the racism accusation is that young Jews are firmly committed to the global world in which they live. Read more...
Following the Money: A Look at Jewish Foundation Giving
Erik Ludwig and Aryeh Weinberg Institute for Jewish and Community Research February 2012
IJCR’s Study of Jewish foundations finds that private foundations continue to provide significant support toward traditional centralized organizations while also seeding innovative Jewish projects and organizations. Read more...
The Trouble with Textbooks: Distorting History and Religion Gary A. Tobin and Dennis R. Ybarra (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2008)
The Trouble with Textbooks sounds the alarm about how textbooks disparage some groups and teach historical distortions. Our schools are supposed to instill young people with American values and provide students with the knowledge necessary for good citizenship. Instead, textbooks are filled with mistakes and misrepresentations.