Rabbi Sarah Bassin

Innovator: Rabbi Sarah Bassin Contact
Based In: Los Angeles, California
Venture: NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change empowers Jewish and Muslim change-makers with the skills, resources, and relationships needed to improve Muslim-Jewish relations and strengthen cooperation on issues of shared concern. Through a professional fellowship, high school leadership council and innovative public programming, NewGround impacts a broad political and religious spectrum of Muslims, Jews and the institutions.
Venture’s Primary Areas of Focus
Community Building, Social Change and Equality
Venture’s Primary Populations Served
Teens, Emerging and Young Adults, Adults
Rabbi Sarah Bassin serves as the associate rabbi at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills. Prior to joining Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Rabbi Bassin served as Executive Director of LA–based NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change. Under Rabbi Bassin’s leadership, NewGround was named one of the 50 Most Innovative and Inspiring Organizations in the Jewish Community by the Slingshot Guide. Governor Jerry Brown named the high school leadership program developed by Rabbi Bassin as California’s Faith-Based Organization of the Year in 2013. In addition, Rabbi Bassin was named as one of online magazine Splashlife’s list of 30 people under the age of 30 to watch in civic leadership. An avid leader in Jewish innovation, Rabbi Bassin is a member of the ROI Community of Jewish innovators, and she is an alumna of the prestigious Joshua Venture Group Fellowship. She currently serves on the Boards of UpStart, the Board of Rabbis of Southern California and NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change.
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