BJPA's next newsletter (coming soon) will feature a BJPA Readers Guide on the topic of Jewish college students. In this installment of our J-Vault series, we share a special preview of one of the items to be featured in that Guide.
From the J-Vault: The Jewish Student in America (1937)
This study, undertaken by the B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundations Commission, is divided into eight chapters:
- Jewish Students in the Past
- Method of the Present Study
- A Census of Jewish Students
- Special Aspects of the Census
- Jewish Student Organizations
- The Jew in Professional Studies
- Home Residence of Jewish Students
- Summary and Recommendations
The study provides many fascinating details. For example:
- In 1935-6, there were 105,000 Jewish students in America and Canada, comprising 9.13% of the student population (2.5 times higher than the general Jewish population).
- There were already 38 national Jewish student organizations with 555 local chapters.
- Jews made up 16.5% of the medical student population, and were also overrepresented in engineering, architecture, and social work.