by Dan A. Oren, M.D. ’84, HS ’88, associate professor of psychiatry
Yale University Press (New Haven) 2001
Using archival records and interviews, Oren, a Yale graduate now at the medical school, has produced a thoroughly researched 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 Yale as well as the saga of Jews at other elite schools. The discriminatory quota system and other problems that Jews in American higher education faced during much of the 20th century are well documented.