December 10, 2023

The new survey from Hillel International reveals that 37% of Jewish college students in the United States feel the need to hide their Jewish identity due to safety concerns. The survey underscores the growing challenges faced by Jewish students, especially after the October 7 Hamas attack. Adam Lehman, president and CEO of Hillel International, expressed concern about these findings and emphasized the need for university administrations to address these issues and provide a safer environment for Jewish students. The survey also found that 84% of Jewish students are emotionally affected by the situation in Israel and Gaza, with one in three reporting acts of hate or violence against Jews on campus. In response to these challenges, Hillel International is stepping up its efforts to support Jewish students by organizing solidarity events, enhancing campus security, offering mental health resources, and creating safe spaces for students to express and celebrate their Jewish identity. The survey was conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group for Hillel International.