Antisemitism exists across the country and at Amherst College, and both nationally-occurring and on-campus incidents of antisemitism are an assault on the sense of belonging of Jewish people at Amherst. That’s why it is vital to both understand it and have recourse to action; these pages offer resources for both to the entire Amherst College community.

Fall 2023 Update

Since the Hamas attacks October 7, the College has offered several support spaces for Jewish students as well as campus-wide educational events. These included a talk by Dr. Ora Szekely on “Israel and Hamas Conflict: What We Know and What We Don’t,” and a talk by Eric K. Ward on “How Antisemitism Animates White Nationalism.”


What is the definition of antisemitism?

The definition of antisemitism has always been complex and evolving. Here are two commonly-accepted definitions that may be useful in understanding antisemitism:

Our Continuing Work

In the spring of 2023, President Elliott and senior staff of ODEI and Student Affairs established an Antisemitism Working Group consisting of students, faculty, and staff to create these resources for our community. Updated May 2023

  • “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.” 2016 working definition of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance
  • “Anti Semitism is discrimination, prejudice, hostility or violence against Jews as Jews (or Jewish institutions as Jewish).” The Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism

Resources for Learning

We aim to provide a variety of resources from different perspectives about antisemitism. These resources do not represent any endorsements or partnerships with any of the organizations that published them.

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Reporting an Incident

Amherst College encourages community members who believe they have experienced antisemitism, or other forms of identity-based harm at the College, to report it. Anyone can submit a report or reach out directly to the Civil Rights and Title IX Office.

All submitted reports will be reviewed, and reporting persons can expect to receive a response from a member of the review team. Reports can be submitted anonymously, though the College’s ability to respond to an anonymous report may be very limited.

Support Resources on Campus

The Center for Counseling & Mental Health and other offices within Student Affairs are resources for all students. Additionally, all students, faculty, and staff can avail themselves of confidential spiritual counseling with Religious and Spiritual Life chaplains and director, as well as the Center for Restorative Practices. Faculty and staff can also seek support from the Office of the Ombudsperson.

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Jewish Studies

There are a number of classes offered at Amherst and through the 5 College Consortium relating to Jewish culture. See the Opportunities

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Upcoming Events

Learn about upcoming events at the College related to antisemitism and Jewish culture. See the Events

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Past Events

Read about past events at the College related to antisemitism and Jewish culture. See the Events

Passover 2022

Jewish Life at Amherst College

Community support for Jewish students is essential. Amherst’s Jewish community has a few groups on campus that connect Jewish students to each other through activities, food, and the celebration of holidays. Learn more about on campus groups.