Ep. 149: April N. Baskin is the Union for Reform Judaism’s Vice President of Audacious Hospitality. Before coming aboard in August 2015, she served as the national Director of Resources and Training at InterfaithFamily. Dedicated to building a stronger, more inclusive Jewish community committed to social justice, April has spent 10 years advocating for Jewish diversity inclusion locally and nationally in a variety of ways, including facilitating LGBT educational trainings as a Keshet facilitator and writing a thesis about the experiences and identities of Jewish young adults of color in American Judaism.
A graduate of Tufts University, April is a member of the Selah Leadership Network and an alumna of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation’s Insight Fellowship and JUFJ’s Jeremiah Fellowship in Washington, DC. Fueled by kale ginger smoothies, April is the immediate past President of the Jewish Multiracial Network. She conducted research on the efficacy of the Earned Income Tax Credit at the Kennedy School of Government and was an Americorps fellow for the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston. April was recently honored to be acknowledged as one of the New York Jewish Week’s 36 Under 36, received Combined Jewish Philanthropy’s Chai in the Hub award in 2015, and was named as one of 12 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2017 by the Centers for American Progress.
Listen as April tells Alex about her family, her experience as a Multiracial Jewish person, and her effort to diversify and enrich Jewish life and the Jewish Community.
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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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