Sarah LevinExecutive Director
JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa
Since joining JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa in 2010, Sarah Levin has played a lead role in organizational development and in the larger movement towards international Mizrahi and Sephardic rights and redress. At JIMENA, Sarah has conceptualized and developed a number of campaigns and projects for Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews to explore, preserve, protect, and share their heritage, identities, and experiences. In partnership with a multitude of organizations and activists, Sarah is proud to continue leading domestic and international efforts to pursue acknowledgement, justice, and redress for Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews.
Sarah produced, launched, and directs JIMENA’s multi-lingual Oral History and Digital Experiences Program, JIMENA’s Arabic Outreach Program, JIMENA’s Day School Initiative, and various education, advocacy, and community outreach campaigns. Sarah has produced over 100 cultural events nation-wide and has developed international partnerships with a multitude of organizations, universities, and public offices. She has also provided briefs on Jewish refugees to the Canadian Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development and the US Department of State. Sarah has also guest lectured at Ben Gurion University and Bar Ilan University.
Prior to joining JIMENA, Sarah spent nearly a decade 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 is passionate about ecology and human rights and is an avid organic gardener. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two sons.