Antisemitism is a critical social justice issue, yet many are unclear on what the term means and are unfamiliar with its long history. All of this makes naming and addressing the issue complicated and necessary. We’ve compiled resources here to help people unpack what is meant by the term, and to address and combat the issue.
According to the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, antisemitism is:
- A form of prejudice and/or discrimination directed toward Jews as individuals or as a group.
- Hatred of Jews because of their religious beliefs, their group membership, and sometimes the erroneous belief that Jews are a ‘race’.
- Based on age-old stereotypes and myths.
The resources below were compiled in partnership with students, faculty and staff from across the University for you to use in your exploration of this critical issue and the development of skills to combat antisemitism. Requests to add additional items can be sent to [email protected]
The resources below include off-campus resources that Columbia is neither affiliated with nor explicitly endorses. This list is intended only to inform students of resources available to them in the broader community.
The books listed below are only a small sample of books available from Columbia Libraries on this topic. Please consult with a Columbia reference librarian for additional resources.
Book descriptions are visible when hovering over book covers.
- All students can report incidents of bias to their Dean of Students.
- Students may report incidents to members of the Bias Incident Resource Team (known as the Team)
- Columbia College and SEAS undergraduate students, please report incidents to the Columbia College and Columbia Engineering Bias Response Team
- Columbia and the Jews, 1754-1954 (This video was made for the Sankofa Tzedek initiative focusing on Columbia's complicated history with its Jewish students and faculty.)
- Columbia/Barnard Hillel - The Kraft Center for Student Life
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- American Jews Always Believed the U.S. was Exceptional. We Were Wrong., Lila Corwin Berman, The Washington Post (2018)
- Being a Black Jewish Woman in America on January 6, Tova Ricardo (CC ’21), Jewish Journal (2021)
- How to Fight Antisemitism, Bernie Sanders, Jewish Currents (2019)
- Responding to Rise in Campus Anti-Semitism, Greta Anderson, Inside Higher Ed (2020)
- Skin in the Game: How Antisemitism Animates White Nationalism, Political Research Associates