Joining the Club: A History of Jews and Yale (The Yale Scene: University Series)

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Recounts the experiences of Jews attending Yale from 1809 to the present, and looks at the changing attitudes of the Yale administration and student body.

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Dan A. Oren, M.D., is associate professor of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine.

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Using archival records and interviews, Oren, a Yale graduate currently at the medical school, has produced a thoroughly researched, well-written account of the Jewish experience at Yale from the first Jewish graduate in 1809 to the present. Not only does he chronicle the history of Jews at Yale, but he compares it with the experiences of other minorities at that institution as well as the saga of Jews at other elite schools. The discriminatory quota system and other problems that faced Jews in American higher education during much of the 20th century are well documented. An important work, highly recommended. Leonard Grundt, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.
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