By Daniel Treiman
City College of New York, the near-mythic temple of working-class Jewish advancement, is on the rebound.
Known to generations as a bridge between a working-class, immigrant past and a middle-class, professional future, the college has been for the most part forsaken in recent years by the children and grandchildren of its upwardly mobile Jewish alumni. The student body — largely Jewish as recently as the 1960s — is now mostly black and Hispanic, as many younger Jews have opted for Ivy League campuses once effectively closed to their elders.
During the last several years, with City College's battered academic reputation on the rebound, faculty members and students say they have noticed a jump in the numbers of Jews enrolling. And last spring, students revived City College's Hillel, a Jewish student club that had been defunct for several years.
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