April Baskin

April Baskin has been committed to opening doors and embracing diversity in the Jewish community throughout her career. Raised in Sacramento, CA, by a Jewish mother and an African-American father, Baskin was immersed in Reform Jewish life from an early age, and relished opportunities in her synagogue, camp, and youth group to engage in Jewish learning and participate in social action. “I was that rare kid who loved Hebrew school,” she has said. As an adult, she drew on her experience as a young, multiracial Jew who had felt both inside and outside mainstream Jewish life, to consult with Jewish organizations across the country on diversity initiatives. Baskin attended Tufts University, graduating with a degree in Sociology in 2013. She served as president of the Jewish Multiracial Network from 2010 to 2013, and worked at InterfaithFamily from 2014 to 2015. In 2015, she joined the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ) as Vice President of Audacious Hospitality, a title that reflects the URJ’s commitment to welcoming groups of Jews who have traditionally been marginalized from institutional Jewish settings. This position, which she still holds as of 2018, is a natural outgrowth of Baskin’s dedication to social justice, activism, and outreach and enables her to shape programs and policies that she says “incorporate the diversity that is the reality and future of Jewish life.”


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Hi April, I'm Brett Ashley Kaplan, Professor at UIUC. I'm co-editing an anthology of Black Jewish voices and I would love to invite you but can't find your email. I'm also a JWA author. My email is bakaplan@illinois.edu--if you can drop me a line I will send you the invitation to participate. All best, happy chanukah, Brett

Hi,Hillel at Stanford is launching a new series of discussions on complex Jewish identities and I would love to connect(and potentially host you here)
my mail is natlan@Stanford.edu-Can we chat?

We need Jewish Americans who share multiple experiences of being Jewish and  people of cokor

April Baskin in 2017. Photo credit: Union of Reform Judaism.

Date of Birth

Folsom, CA
United States

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Jewish Women's Archive. "April Baskin." (Viewed on March 2, 2021) <https://jwa.org/people/baskin-april>.


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