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Mark Oppenheimer

From the team behind Unorthodox—the #1 Jewish podcast—comes a new eight-part series detailing the hidden history of Jews and the Ivy League. Gatecrashers... more

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Introducing: Covering Their Tracks

Covering Their Tracks is the extraordinary story of a young man’s escape from a moving train bound for the Auschwitz... more

30 Jan 2024 · 6 minutes
Harvard and the End of the Jewish Ivy League

In the 1990s, Harvard’s student body was said to be nearly a quarter Jewish. According to the Harvard Crimson’s 2020... more

25 Oct 2022 · 48 minutes
Penn and the Great Sorority Coup of 1987

By the late 1980s, most Ivy League schools were a fifth or a quarter Jewish—and the University of Pennsylvania was... more

18 Oct 2022 · 57 minutes
Cornell and its Off-Campus, Off-Kilter Jewish Commune

In the fall of 1970, a group of Jewish Cornell students did something radical. Energized by a Freedom Seder on... more

11 Oct 2022 · 45 minutes
Brown University and Mrs. Smith’s Kosher Kitchen

While today most American universities offer all sorts of dining accommodations, the on-campus dining scene in the 1950s was far... more

04 Oct 2022 · 43 minutes
Yale and the Slow Death of Quotas

It’s accepted as gospel—or at least reliable urban legend—that at nearly every Ivy League school in the mid-20th century, there... more

23 Sep 2022 · 47 minutes
Dartmouth and the Jews who Loved it

On the surface, all-male Dartmouth in the 1940s and 1950s seems like it would be deeply unappealing to Jews: rural... more

20 Sep 2022 · 46 minutes
Princeton and the ‘Dirty Bicker’ of 1958

Back in the 1950s, the Princeton eating clubs were essential. The dining hall was only meant for freshmen and sophomores.... more

13 Sep 2022 · 50 minutes
Columbia and Its Forgotten Jewish Campus

Isaac Asimov was one of the most prolific authors in history. He was best known as a pathbreaking sci-fi writer,... more

13 Sep 2022 · 54 minutes
Introducing: Gatecrashers

What topic is more controversial, sensational, and endlessly captivating than college admissions? It’s a billion-dollar industry. It sends celebrities to... more

04 Sep 2022 · 2 minutes
Introducing: Covering Their Tracks