Since joining JIMENA in 2010, Sarah Levin has played a lead role in organizational development through strategic planning, program development and management, fundraising, establishing a staffed LA chapter, developing partnerships with national communal organizations and universities, and managing board members, staff, speakers bureau, and volunteers. Sarah produced and launched JIMENA’s multi-lingual Oral History and Digital Experiences Program, JIMENA’s Day School Initiative, and various education, advocacy, social media, fundraising and community outreach campaigns. Sarah has produced over 100 cultural events nation-wide that have effectively increased JIMENA’s visibility. Sarah has also provided briefs on Jewish refugees from Arab countries to the Canadian Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development and the US Department of State. She guest lectured at Ben Gurion University and Bar Ilan University.
Prior to joining JIMENA, Sarah spent six years in Tel Aviv, Israel where she contributed to social service causes in a variety of capacities through her work at various non-profit organizations, mainly NATAL: Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War. Sarah has utilized her dynamic skill sets and passion for Jewish preservation and environmental causes through her involvement in a number of organizations and initiatives including: Jewish Council for Youth Services, fair trade initiatives in Israel, UJA’s Partnership 2000, San Francisco Human Rights Commission, Yezidis International, Justice for Jews from Arab Countries and Openlands Project. A descendent of a Holocaust survivor and Turkish Jews, Sarah is firmly dedicated to preservation of Jewish culture and Israel advocacy.