NYC prep school’s antisemitism report admits faculty blamed ‘wealthy, influential Jewish parents’ for tension

A much-anticipated inner report about antisemitism at elite Collegiate prep college admitted that some faculty members blamed “wealthy and influential” Jewish dad and mom for tensions on the college following Hamas’ Oct. 7 terrorist assault.

Finger-pointing faculty, dad and mom and college students skirted near “one of the oldest and most pervasive antisemitic tropes,” the report, obtained by The Post, conceded.

The report was compiled in March and launched on May 17.

The findings got here within the wake of a November 2023 letter to go of college David Lourie and Board of Trustees president Jonathan Okay. Youngwood — and signed by greater than 100 Jewish dad and mom — which stated the school’s inner response to the Hamas butchery “did not meet the moment.”

Exterior view of Collegiate School with glass doors and a red sign, located at 301 Freedom Place, Manhattan
Collegiate admitted to a number of antisemitic incidents perpetrated by faculty. Robert Miller

“People have lost confidence, there is no morality clarity, there is a pervasive anger and it is all driven by an erosion of trust,” one annoyed Jewish Collegiate father or mother advised The Post.

Another father or mother griped that the nine-page doc was a far cry from the greater than 400 pages the varsity devoted in a 2020 report devoted to “combat[ing] within Collegiate the institutional and other racism that pervades so much of our society.”

The report — which additionally included companion findings about “Islamophobia” on the college — additionally revealed two never-before-publicized antisemitic incidents perpetrated by faculty.

In one case, allegedly days after Oct. 7, Middle School English instructor Dwayne Alexis was “relieved of his teaching duties after presenting controversial lessons on the Middle East to his 7th-grade civics class and 6th-grade world history class.”

According to 2 dad and mom, Alexis accused Israel of “committing genocide” shortly after the terrorist assaults, and compelled the youngsters to observe context-less video of Israel’s defensive struggle in Gaza.

An individual conversant in the incident stated Alexis solely talked about the phrase “genocide” as one in every of a spread of viewpoints in regards to the battle.

In a second case, two upper-school lecturers “were reprimanded” after asking “pressing questions” of a speaker at a college Holocaust Assembly.

“There was a Holocaust survivor invited to speak at the school and a teacher took it upon herself to press him on a seres of questions, one of which was could ‘the swastika be a symbol of peace?’” stated one father or mother conversant in the incident.

Dwayne Alexis, a Collegiate School teacher dressed in a suit and tie, offering Middle School Tutoring Services in NYC
Middle School English instructor Dwayne Alexis was relieved of his instructing duties over his classroom conduct surrounding the struggle in Gaza.

Collegiate, chartered in 1628, is among the New York’s most tony personal excessive faculties.

Alumni embody David Duchovny, rapper Lil Mabu, and famous nepobabies Jack Schlossberg and Cornelius Vanderbilt II.

Tuition for the newest tutorial yr runs a cool $63,400.

“I feel like Collegiate has become a training camp for Columbia,” stated one annoyed father or mother.

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