GSA Condemns Rise of Antisemitic Activities

For Immediate Release
June 25, 2021

Contact: Todd Kluss
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In the wake of acts of hatred against Jewish communities in the U.S. and abroad, The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is speaking out against antisemitism in all forms.

Antisemitism and other biases that are driven by ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical appearance, disability or physical/mental health status, age, religion, profession, culture, national origin, or many other dimensions are against GSA’s commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion.

A new survey from the Anti-Defamation League’s found that 63 percent of American Jews had experienced or witnessed antisemitism over the past five years, up 10 percent from the same period reported last year. This has been followed by a spike in May 2021 that included vandalism of businesses, museums, and synagogues, and threats and attacks upon individuals and families.

The pervasive prejudices in this nation and their measurably negative impact on minorities across the life course have often been documented by GSA member researchers.

GSA remains dedicated to improving the lives of people of all backgrounds as we age. Through its commitment to research, education, policy, and practice in aging, GSA pledges to be an ally to federal, state, and local government entities, businesses, educational institutions, professional societies, and coalitions in taking swift and direct action against acts of hate and discrimination toward Jewish individuals and all minorities.


The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,500+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA’s structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society.

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