Brooklyn College, which is part of the CUNY school system, has been embroiled in controversy over antisemitism and discrimination against Jews, for scheduling a “bias training” course on Yom Kippur.
Already embroiled in controversy over recent instances of antisemitism on campus as well as among faculty, the school hit the wrong chord with the Jewish community once again after it required faculty members who serve on job search committees to attend a training on the morning of Yom Kippur.
A Jewish professor who spoke to the media regarding the bias training said: “This biases the process against observant Jews and secular Jews who typically attend services on this one day of the year. Such Jews are afforded only three meeting opportunities, while all others are afforded four. That sounds like implicit bias to me. Imagine, if that was done to a group that is viewed as a disadvantaged minority.”
Recently, a complaint was filed with the federal government claiming that CUNY has become a “pervasively hostile environment for Jewish students.” The Jewish group StopAntisemitism, also said “Students feel the administration turns a blind eye to Jew-hatred” and they “DO NOT feel safe, saying they need to hide their Jewish identity as well as their support for Israel.”