Skullcaps and Bones
Yale’s Jewish society, Eliezer, comes out of the shadows
Time has the scoop on Eliezer, the (not really) secret society at Yale co-founded by Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Though explicitly Jewish, it is not exclusively so:
The society was originally founded as a thumb-in-the-eye to Yale history—Jews, blacks, Muslims, women and gays were prohibited from joining the traditional secret societies. This secret society, however, would include everyone, so long as you were a promising Yale-affiliated leader of tomorrow.
So really, the perfect emblem of our post-Obama meritocratic moment: The sort of place that can host both Ehud Barak and Elliott Gould.
Yale’s Secret Society That’s Hiding in Plain Sight [Time]
Related: The Last Secrets of Skull and Bones [Esquire/Prison Planet]
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