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Antisemitism on the Rise

antisemitism-post2 ADL Mountain States Senior Associate Regional Director Sue Parker Gerson

 Last month, antisemitism rose two-fold in the United States compared to May 2020. The trend is even more worrisome in Europe, where antisemitism grew 500%. This surge in antisemitic attacks has left many Jews and established Jewish communities in fear for physical safety. It has also triggered collective PTSD for a people that has withstood centuries of hate. At the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, we have held courses in the last year on this terrible and timeless hatred. Go back with us and discover the roots of antisemitism and current expressions of it by watching these lessons (below): "The Forging of the Longest Hatred" and "Modern Antisemitism Flames are Growing". Then, on June 27 at 1 p.m. Eastern, join ADL's Senior Associate Regional Director of the Mountain States Region for an important discussion on "Current Trends in Antisemitism and What to Do About Them."

 Current Trends in Antisemitism and What to Do About Them
June 27, 2021   |   1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern

It has been a challenging time for the Jewish community around the U.S. and across the world as we are witnessing antisemitic incidents surge yet again. Historically, we have seen that in times of economic and social instability, antisemitism rises—and the recent Israel-Gaza conflict, transitions with Covid, and the recovery from these trying times is proving this to be true again. You may be asking, what can I do? This session, led by ADL Mountain States Senior Associate Regional Director Sue Parker Gerson, will provide information and insights about the current increase in antisemitic incidents and how you can respond.

Sue Parker Gerson is the Senior Associate Director of ADL's Mountain States Regional Office in Denver. She joined ADL in 2013 and runs ADL's Governor's Holocaust Remembrance Program, Catholic-Jewish Dialogue, Words to Action / Confronting Anti-Semitism, and responds to discrimination complaints and incidents as they arise. Prior to joining ADL, Sue worked in the field of Jewish Education and served for many years as the Colorado director and Western Regional Director of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. She earned her MA from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and is the co-author of Teaching Jewish History (Behrman House, 2006).

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