Rabbi Sarah Bassin

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Rabbi Sarah Bassin is the assistant rabbi at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills where she oversees young professionals’ programming and community engagement.  After serving as the inaugural executive director of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, she is now taking the skills she learned as an innovative Jewish social entrepreneur into the mainstream Jewish community.  She grew up in Overland Park, Kansas and graduated summa cum laude with a BA in religion and history from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. During her rabbinic studies at Hebrew Union College, Rabbi Bassin received a certificate in Jewish Nonprofit Management. Rabbi Bassin’s commitment to interfaith relations has taken her from the West Bank to Iran and Qatar in pursuit of establishing stronger relations between the Muslim and Jewish communities. In 2013, the high school leadership program she started with NewGround was named California’s 2013 faith-based organization of the year by Governor Jerry Brown.

NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change

NewGround works to create a world in which trust and partnership replace the current atmosphere of mutual suspicion among Muslims and Jews. Started as an intimate fellowship for Muslim and Jewish young professionals in 2006, NewGround is now an independent organization housed in Los Angeles City Hall with the support of the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission, and is poised to build a comprehensive approach to strengthening Muslim-Jewish relations in the United States. NewGround’s signature Young Professionals’ Fellowship is now one piece of a multifaceted effort to strengthen Muslim-Jewish relations. In addition to extensively training the next generation of leaders in communication and conflict transformation, NewGround directly engages the broader Muslim and Jewish communities through public events, educational lectures and discussions, consulting, and fellowships adapted for a variety of contexts. Since becoming an independent organization in 2011, NewGround has partnered with 33 Muslim and Jewish organizations to bring transformative programs to over 2,200 people.