The Brandeis Brief–Inaugural Issue

The Brandeis Brief

March 6, 2012, Inaugural Issue


The Louis D. Brandeis Center takes off!

As Purim approaches, we thought it would be appropriate to share with you the inaugural
issue of the Brandeis Brief newsletter for the newly established Louis D. Brandeis Center
for Human Rights Under Law. We launched just last month in order to combat the resurgence
of campus anti-Semitism through legal advocacy, research and education. This initial issue of
the Brandeis Brief discusses the organization’s launch and republishes a few relevant articles
by us, about us, or mentioning our work.


Founding the Louis D. Brandeis Center

With a nice boost from the Institute for Jewish & Community Research, as well as a handful
of generous initial donors, the Brandeis Center announced itself by press release in February.
We’re already struck by the immediate and powerful response by the many people who agree
that the time has come for a civil rights organization that can provide a coordinated legal
response to campus anti-Semitism. The Jewish Daily Forward and Tablet Magazine both fueled
this response with nice coverage of our opening. JointMedia News Service has also helped by
distributing my columns describing this new, independent, Washington, DC, based organization.
Now, you may have read about us in the Jewish Week, the Canadian Jewish News, Algemeiner,
Avi Bass’ Jewish Faculty Form, the National Review Online, or elsewhere. Charles Jacobs also
gave us a nice mention in his recent Forward op ed, and we were even mentioned by the
Jerusalem Post. Soon, as people realize that we are named for the Justice and not the university,
they may stop asking if we are moving to Waltham!


What to do about Israel Apartheid Week

University campuses have just faced the annual onslaught known as “Israel Apartheid
Week,” or “Hate Week.” In the United States, this coordinated ideological assault lasts
from Feb. 26 to March 3. In Europe, it begins the week before, and elsewhere the
week after. Some preliminary events, such as the University of Pennsylvania’s
controversial Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) conference, have already
occurred. The question for the Jewish community is what to do about it. Read more

The Title VI Crusade Finds an Address [Editor’s Hint: It’s not in Massachusetts.]

Naomi Zeveloff writes in the Jewish Daily Forward: “A new,
Washington DC-based organization will advocate for the
rights of Jewish students under federal civil rights law.”
Read more

The Campaign Against Campus Anti-Semitism

Just over a year ago, the Jewish community won an important victory against campus
anti-Semitism. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) agreed,
for only the second time, to extend civil rights protection to Jewish college students.
We are making progress in this battle, although we have also had some setbacks. Read more

Think Again: Purim in Contemporary Guise


The Jerusalem Post ran an interesting review of Gloria Greenfield’s new documentary,
Unmasked: Judeophobia. Both the movie and the review present my observations
about university professors who are afraid to step forward and speak out against
campus anti-Semitism. Read more

Special Issue

JSA Special Issue on Campus Anti-Semitism


Keep an eye out for the upcoming issue of the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism.
Special Issue: Campus Anti-Semitism

Guest Editor: Kenneth L. Marcus

This next issue will feature a number of important articles, including research
by Gabriel Noah Brahm, Leila Beckwith, Richard Cravatts, Kenneth Lasson and
Linda Maizels. It will be avalable shortly in hard copy and as a download from
the Journal’s web site.


We hope you enjoyed this inaugural issue of the Brandeis Brief. In future issues,
watch out for the upcoming announcement of the LDB 10: leaders who are making
a difference in the protection of Jewish student rights on campus. We will also be
rolling out new research and publications on campus anti-Semitism and genocidal
incitement. We look forward to sharing more information with you as we continue
our efforts to combat campus anti-Semitism, advance the civil and human rights
of the Jewish people, and promote justice for all. In the meantime, please let us
know if there are ways that we can work together. We are especially interested in
hearing about university students and faculty who need our help fighting anti-Semitic
harassment and hostile environments for Jewish students on campus.Sincerely,

Kenneth L. Marcus
President & General Counsel
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law


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