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February 5, 2015 11:54 am

Jewish 100, 2014: Tammi Rossman-Benjamin – Academia

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Tammi Rossman-Benjamin. Photo: AMCHA Initiative.

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin

AMCHA Initiative director

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin is a lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the co-founder and director of AMCHA Initiative, a non-profit organization devoted to investigating, documenting and combating antisemitism on US campuses. She has written about academic anti-Zionism and antisemitism and lectured widely on the growing threat to the safety of Jewish college students. Her work does not just take place behind a desk; she has been at the center of “campus firestorms” across California, where student groups have urged university administrations to condemn her. She has bravely and eloquently responded to these attacks, stating that her unfortunate experience of being “vilified, harassed, intimidated, and bullied” is not unique.

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  • Sharon Rappaport

    Tammi Rossman-Benjamin is an Eshet Chayil, a true woman of valor. She fights for all of our children as if they were her own. Her battle against anti-Semitism on college campuses will affect future generations. Support AMCHA!

  • T. May

    Yah! She deserves it!
    University of California Santa Cruz took away her lecturer job. They threatened her husband’s job at one point. It has not been easy. They would rather label her a trouble maker than have to take action.
    She is a woman warrior who talks calmly and rationally and uses facts, responsive to the discomfort that Jewish students are experiencing, and which can get worse.