Staff and Affiliates
Sarah Bassin, Executive Director, email@example.com
Sarah Bassin grew up in Overland Park, Kansas and graduated summa cum laude with a BA in religion and history from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, Sarah worked as a programming professional at Princeton University's Hillel where she helped form the first American Jewish Committee college chapter. Deeply interested in interfaith relations, Sarah entered the rabbinic program at Hebrew Union College with the intention of pursuing a rabbinate in community relations. During the year in Israel portion of her rabbinic education, Sarah became both a participant and a facilitator for Encounter, helping Jewish leaders better understand the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. She traveled to Iran in November 2008 as part of a civilian diplomacy delegation through the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Having served as student rabbi of Congregation Bamidbar Shel Ma'alah in Victorville, CA, and as rabbinic intern at the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, Sarah has spent the last portion of her rabbinic training as the program manager at the Center for Muslim/Jewish Engagement where she implemented the first comprehensive survey on Muslim-Jewish relations in the United States. She received a certificate in Jewish Communal Service in August 2010 and was ordained as a rabbi in May 2011. In 2012, Sarah received a fellowship with the Joshua Venture Group Dual Investment Program that supports rising Jewish innovators and their projects with a grant of $100,000 over two years. She also serves as the mentorship coordinator for the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management at Hebrew Union College.
Aziza Hasan, Director of Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org
Aziza has extensive experience in program management and coalition building. She has worked with diverse groups to deliver quality programming that developed the skills of its participants in the areas of civic engagement, advocacy, service learning, leadership, conflict transformation and diversity training. Aziza is a founding director of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change. An experienced mediator and conflict resolution practitioner she has co-facilitated multiple fellowship cohorts. A successful model of genuine engagement, NewGround has been featured on Public Radio's "Speaking of Faith" with Krista Tippett, the Unites States Institute for Peace, Arabic Radio and Television, the LA Times, the Jewish Journal and InFocus.
She is experienced in Small Claims Court mediation, coaching individuals and leading groups in conflict resolution. Her two years of AmeriCorps service gave her hands-on experience in community organizing and group problem-solving.
Aziza has appeared on CNN, ABCnews, Fox 11, LA City View 35, National Public Radio, and KCRW. Print media coverage of her work may be found in The Mennonite, AltMuslimah, The Wichita Eagle, The Newton-Kansan, The Halstead Independent, Hutchinson News and The Bethel College Collegian.
Malka Fenyvesi, Consultant and former NewGround fellowship co-director, email@example.com
Malka Haya Fenyvesi is an educator, peace-builder, and trainer based in Southern California. She leads workshops throughout the US. The topics include Judaism, Reconciliation, Conflict Resolution/Transformation, Pluralism and the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict and Muslim Jewish relations. She is the co-founder of NewGround: A Muslim Jewish Partnership for Change and the former Director of Interfaith Programming for the Progressive Jewish Alliance. Prior to PJA she worked with Search for Common Ground in Washington DC. Malka has a M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR). She also studied Conflict Resolution, Religion and Peacebuilding at Hebrew University and at the US Institute of Peace. In June 2008, Malka was honored to be a delegate on a State Department Funded, and National Peace Foundation and Islamic Society of North America led Citizen Diplomacy Trip to Syria and Egypt. Most recently Malka has a guest on National Public Media’s Speaking of Faith Program entitled Curiosity Over Assumptions, Interreliogiosity meets a New Generation. She is a veteran of the domestic Jewish peace movement. She has participated in a number of local and national coalitions and interfaith efforts to bring a peaceful and just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has traveled throughout Israel and the Palestinian territories.
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