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Jonathan Pollack – “The Roots of Jewish Community at the University of Wisconsin”
Although there had been Jewish students at the University of Wisconsin since 1861, it was not until fifty years later that a significant enough group of Jewish students began to form self-consciously Jewish organizations. These early organizations–the Menorah Society, several student Zionist societies, and a Jewish Student Association sponsored by the Reform movement–attracted Jewish students to Wisconsin from around Wisconsin and around the United States. Like their counterparts at better-studied Ivy League universities, this first large generation of Jewish college students went to excel in a variety of academic and professional fields, and their Jewish experiences on campus translated into leadership in other Jewish organizations.