Black and Jewish: New Reform Leader Works to Bring Marginalized Groups Into the Tribe

Once shunned by fellow Jews, daughter of Jewish mother and African-American father rises to leadership of Reform movement, charged with bringing in the marginalized and unaffiliated.

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To meet April Baskin is to see the change in American Jewry personified. A tall, confident, 32-year-old with an impressive mane of curly hair and a wide smile, the self-described “multiracial Jewish woman of...