28th Tikkun Olam Award to Tammi Rossman-Benjamin
Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, a lecturer at the University of California Santa Cruz, has written articles about academic anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism and lectured widely on these developments and on the growing threat to the safety of Jewish students on college campuses. In July 2010, she co-organized a 2-week scholarly workshop entitled “Contemporary Antisemitism in Higher Education” at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies in Washington D.C. , and with Kenneth Marcus, the workshop’s other co-organizer, she is editing a book of scholarly articles on campus-based anti-Semitism. Along with Dr. Leila Beckwith, she is the co-founder of the AMCHA Initiative, a grass-roots advocacy coalition dedicated to protecting Jewish students on university campuses within California. She and Dr. Beckwith also recently co-founded the Investigative Taskforce on Campus Antisemitism, an organization whose mission is to investigate and report incidents of antisemitism that occur in institutions of higher education in the United States, to document their effect on students, faculty, and staff, and to offer recommendations for addressing the problem on each campus investigated. In 2009, she filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, alleging a hostile environment for Jewish students on her campus, and in March 2011 a federal investigation of her complaint was launched and is still pending.