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June 24, 2009

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June 24, 2009

Keshet is a model of how to thoughtfully grow an organization with integrity. It has moved from a fledgling start-up to a full fledged powerhouse as the result of strong leadership, deliberate strategic planning, meaningful partnerships, and a strong public presence. Keshet has navigated its local/national identity with finesse and serves as a model to other organizations of how to grow with transparency and strength.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

transform the American Jewish community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 24, 2009

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June 24, 2009

A Home: supportive, inspiring, challenging, fun and empowering. The leadership is dynamic and knows its constituency and is part of it. Their transgender work is extremely important.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The venue Keshet provides for all shades of the Rainbow to speak out, get close, and be creative.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

turn it back over to Ms. Klein.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being acquainted with the executive director.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the executive director

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Support "halfway" houses for teens and young adults that have been thrown out of their family or have run away because of the societal oppression of GLBTQs.

Ways to make it better...

I lived in Boston

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the internalized oppression

One thing I'd also say is that...

Keshet is mainstream.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

June 24, 2009

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June 24, 2009

Keshet makes me wish I had grown up in the Boston area because I would love to have been involved with the Queer Jewish Youth Group. My first experience with them was when they brought HINENI to my high school, a pluralistic Jewish school where we weren't allowed to have a GSA. It was really powerful to see another girl struggle with the same things I was. Since the I have moved to Boston and attended a few Keshet events. Having the queer Jewish presence is wonderful, even if I can't make it to many of their events.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the amazing reception that my partly Conservative high school had to HINENI.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being around other queer Jews

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

not as helpful as I'd hoped they would be.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create a real national presence.

Ways to make it better...

Keshet had stronger communication and more partnership with other Boston queer Jewish groups

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 23, 2009

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June 23, 2009

Largely due to Keshet, I can walk into many synagogues and Jewish institutions and feel like there's a good chance there will be more acceptance of LGBT Jews, and more knowledge about us. I can trust Keshet to do excellent work, to represent me and other LGBT folks well, to care deeply about each person, LGBT and straight, to understand the history of oppression, and to convey that respectfully and in a way that can be heard by potential allies. This is an outstanding organization for social justice!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many synagogues and other Jewish organizations.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have Idit as a great model!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the good thinking and warm friendliness.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save the world.

Ways to make it better...

I had volunteered more.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I imagine financial need.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this organization is a model for courage and excellence.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 23, 2009

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June 23, 2009

In 2000, faith became a much larger part of my life, and I needed a way to integrate that with my life’s work. As a transgender leader, it meant the world to me when Idit Klein asked me to come and work with Keshet – to help make Keshet and its work trans welcoming and inclusive from the beginning. Together we founded Keshet’s Transgender Working Group (TWiG). Through Keshet, and its role in the Interfaith Coalition for Transgender Equality, I’ve been a part of so much wonderful Jewish and interfaith work around trans issues – so much tikkun olam.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the Jewish community and far beyond, locally (Massachusetts), nationally, and internationally (especially because of our film "Hineini").

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

finally being able to combine my faith and my social justice work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I'm not sure that I understand this question.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

go a long way towards 'putting itself out of business' in a good way. There will always be a need for Jewish GLBT organizations. However, there's a critical need for education in the Jewish community and everywhere else, especially re: transgender.

Ways to make it better...

there were more funding available for transgender work, from Jewish and other sources.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

one is, of course, the local and other economic crises.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 23, 2009

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June 23, 2009

Keshet is doing in Boston the kind of work every community in America needs. An exceptionally caring staff that, in turn, needs all the help it can get.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Massachusetts, from Boston to the Cape.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand fund-raising.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

generous with their time and patient.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do more, but it's going to take a lot more than that to have a much greater impact.

Ways to make it better...

I'd been able to stay a bit longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding, especially from the federal government.

One thing I'd also say is that...

living on the west coast of Florida, I miss the excitement and diversity of thr Northeast.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 21, 2009

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June 21, 2009

As a member of the board of JPride, a nonprofit in San Diego that has a similiar mission to Keshet Inc., the advise and guidance by the Keshet staff to our organization has been invaluable. Their role in helping other similar organizations around the country is part of their success in providing the tools and training to enable our organization succeed. Keshet is wonderful role model for all other nonprofits with an outreach to the LGBT communities.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their relationships within the Jewish communities around the country.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not do anything different. Their great.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their patience and guidance with JPride of San Diego.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

patient and wise.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide more training for educators around LGBT issues within the Jewish communities of the country including safe school training; help fund more pilot programs around the country.

Ways to make it better...

I could spend more one-on-one time with the leadership of Keshet. We're too far away, unfortunately.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising more money to do more exceptional work out in the community.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Idit Klein, it's Executive Director, has been extremely professional and a wonderful colleague to us in San Diego.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 19, 2009

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June 19, 2009

Keshet has been a wonderful resource to stay connected to the queer Jewish community in Boston. As a rabbi, I've been thrilled to be able to point congregants, both locally and nationally, to this wealth of information.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my rabbinical work

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 19, 2009

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June 19, 2009

I discovered Keshet when I was seeking a spiritual and politically active gay Jewish community. Though I was at the time living in Vermont, the staff at Boston-based Keshet made me feel immediately welcome. The organization was instrumental in connecting me to others like myself, as well as in providing me pathways for local action in my community and continuing education and spirituality in my life. The organization is stepping forward nationally in a way that no others have to-date. Keshet is vital to our building wholistic spiritual community in a highly divisive age.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the numbers of people who have found safety and community and political activism together as Jews and as queers.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The high calibre and welcoming nature of the staff

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

truly superb.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make huge strides in educating people all over the country, as well as supporting political activism leading to the inclusion of all people.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 18, 2009

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June 18, 2009

Keshet has its roots in the Boston area, where I am originally from. For a short time before moving over seas I attended several Keshet sponsored events and meetings. The organization provides valuable services to Jewish GLBT individuals and in doing so helps to build, stregthe and support. Now that I live on the other side of the planet, I keep abreast of the goings on in the community via Keshet and know that they will be there for me when I return to the area.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

building and strenghening the GBLT community.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the easy going feeling and camaraderie.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

compassionate, understanding and friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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