Joining the Club

A History of Jews and Yale, Second Edition

Dan A. Oren

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April 10, 2001
516 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
18 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300084689
Cloth

This unique and richly informative addition to American educational, religious, and cultural history examines the college life of Jews at Yale from the first Jewish graduate in 1809 to the present time, drawing comparisons to the Jewish experience at other elite colleges and universities and to the experiences of other minorities at Yale. In this revised edition, Oren draws on new interviews and references to present the dramatic events of the past twenty years, describing the tensions between majority and minority cultures in an academic world increasingly committed to inclusiveness and the solidification of meritocracy.

Reviews of the earlier edition

“An admirably probing and balanced account of a subject that was up to now considered taboo.” —Lewis Coser

“Dan A. Oren’s meticulous research reveals how the traditional exclusivist conception of Yale University evolved gradually over time, and with what consequences for Jews and other original outsiders. . . . Judicious in tone, balanced and fluently written.” —A.J. Sherman, Times Literary Supplement

“A richly researched and well-written book.” —Naomi W. Cohen, American Historical Review

“A most complete, thoroughly researched, and well documented history.” —Melvin Ezer, Educational Studies

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

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

A Yale Tercentennial Book; Published in cooperation with the American Jewish Archives

"Mr. Oren’s scrupulous and highly readable survey of an area hitherto unexplored in Yale history will be illuminating and even instructional not only for the Yale family but for students of American mores and social attitudes in our times."—Thomas Bergin, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Romance Languages, Yale University
 




















"An admirably probing and balanced account of a subject that was up to now considered taboo."—Lewis Coser

"The most comprehensive history yet written about the discriminatory policies against Jews, primarily the noxious Jewish quota system, in American higher education—Albert Gottschalk, President, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion

"This is a fascinating work that throws light on the problems that faced Jewish academicians throughout most of the twentieth century. It is an important historical contribution; more important, it shows how the Ivy League colleges met the Jeffersonian challenge in the truest sense."—Jacob R. Marcus, Director, American Jewish Archives

"Quoting extensively from university archives, Dan A. Oren demonstrates that the people who ran Yale in the first half of the 20th century were thoroughgoing racists, who, in correspondence with one another, made no bones about their goal: to maintain Yale as a supplier of the ’right sort’ of young men to American institutions of power. To do this, they had to limit the number of bright and ambitious Jewish students, especially those without the proper social graces. "—Gerald Jonas, Present Tense

"Dan A. Oren’s meticulous research reveals how the traditional exclusivist conception of Yale University evolved gradually over time, and with what consequences for Jews and other original outsiders. . . . Judicious in tone, balanced and fluently written."—A.J. Sherman, Times Literary Supplement

"A thoroughly researched, well-written account of the Jewish experience at Yale from the first Jewish graduate in 1809 to the present. . . . An important work."—Library Journal

"A fascinating and well-written survey of anti-Jewish attitudes and practices at Yale. In writing the first analysis of anti-Semitism at an American university, the author breaks new ground in merging institutional and social history."—Choice

"Oren’s extraordinary talents . . . have allowed him to pursue subtleties and nuances of Jewish–Gentile interactions that a less able historian might have blurred. Joining The Club is a marvelous monograph. It is based on broad and deep research into manuscript and secondary sources as well as on what appears to be approximately two hundred interviews with present and former Yale student, faculty members, and administrators. It is also written with a gracious style."—Leonard Dinnerstein, Journal of American History

"A valuable and impressive . . . yardstick for measuring the progress American Jews have made in the halls of academe."—Joseph Cohen, Judaica Book News

"A disturbing and important history of discrimination at one of our elite universities."—Daniel J. Wilson, History: Review of New Books

"Richly researched and well-written book that charts the history of Jews at Yale from the first Jewish student to the offer of the university presidency in 1977 to Polish-born Henry Rosovsky."—Naomi W. Cohen, American Historical Review

"Dan Oren has written a most complete, thoroughly researched, and well documented history describing discriminatory policies employed by the entire Yale community against Jewish students, Jewish faculty, and Jewish administrators. His work can serve as a case study depicting the unjust and prejudicial practices utilized by most other prestigious institutions of higher education in America."—Melvin Ezer, Educational Studies

"Oren’s study is an important contribution to our understanding of nativism in American culture. It shows the roles of leaders within and without the oppressed group as prejudice clouds sound reason in generating discrimination. It documents well the perceptions of one oppressed group and calls for similar indepth studies of others. It clearly shows how persistent and self-defeating uuuntrammeled prejudice can be in our most prized institutions of higher learning."—Sister John Christine Wolkerstorfer, C.S.J., Oral History Review

"A provocative book full of revealing anecdotes."—Irving Abella, Canadian Review of American Studies

"A history of Jews at Yale from 1809 to the present, drawing comparisons to the Jewish experience at other elite colleges and universities and to the experiences of other minorities at Yale. Oren finds that during the 20th century anti-Semitism intensified and led to restrictions against Jewish enrollment that continued until the 1960s."—Jewish Book World
A Yale Tercentennial Book
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Yale Writers, 1701-2001

Edited and with an introduction by J.D. McClatchy

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