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July 6, 2009

In my 35 years as a social worker and member of progressive oranizations, I have never been as impressed with any organization as I have with Keshet. Initially I became involved with Keshet to meet the " Jewish woman of my dreams." "I soon learned Keshet's social events were a small part of their work. Each year I am amazed how much Keshet continues to explode into the larger community. IT IS AS IF A GRAIN OF SAND HAS BECOME A BEACH. Idit Klein is a brilliant leader who is able to envision how to eduate the broader Jewish community about GBLT issues in a way that GBLT Jewish people are no longer "other," but are the "We." I would like to see Keshet have more staff and funding to continue its educational work. I know from personal experience self acceptance allows me to feel safe in the world. I cannot function well without that safety.I did not find it in my family, my school, or in my temple. I had to wait until I was an adult to find that safe haven. I found it in friends. Keshet added to my sense of well being in the world. Feeling okay about who we are can start at home and in our Jewish institutions. I want the next generation of Jewish LBGT to feel included, not excluded, self-love, not loathing, and empowerment not impotency. KESHET IS MAKING THIS HAPPEN!!! Berni Zisserson

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

everything they sponsor.

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

never be able to do it as well!!

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

how kind the people are. Also I have so impressed with the thoughtfulness of their vision.

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

bright, hard working, and had excellent communication skills.

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

Expand into numerous sites in many communities and train more educators.

Ways to make it better...

I cannot think of any.

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

money, money, money...look what they have done with so few resources..imagine what they could accomplish with more???

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

Keshet is great!!! See my review.

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July 6, 2009

Keshet combines direct service to GLBT Jews in Greater Boston with local and national advocacy for full inclusion by Jewish institutions, especially schools. That's a winning and effective combination.

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

Gay-straight alliances forming at Jewish day schools.

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

Train all the staff in community organizing principles (which may already be the case!)

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

Idit's commitment to organizing for change.

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

Fun, committed, smart, experienced.

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

Replicate its model in more cities

Ways to make it better...

I lived in Boston so I could participate in Keshet's programs there.

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

Continued homophobia and attracting more funding.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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As an educator Keshet has given me tools to help make GLBT students feel safe and part of a community. The world is a better place for having Keshet.

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

educate students and their teachers about GLBT issues to that there would be inclusive enviorments in schools.

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Keshet is at the forefront of real and thorough change in the Jewish communities' actitudes and policies about diversity, and in the GLBT Jewish world, with a very caring staff that works first, but not only, with the heart .

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

the real change of jewish institutions accross America (North and south)

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Thirty years and counting: I have been involved with many non-profit organizations. Keshet is at the top of my list for energy, dedication, brilliant leadership and financial responsibility.. Keshet will always have my support for the important work they accomplish.The energy surrounding Keshet is enough for 10 organizations.

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

the dedication of EVERYONE

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

the best

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

change to world......

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I'm very grateful for my experiences with Keshet. The organization is full of thoughtful, friendly, progressive individuals who go out of their way to make everyone involved feel welcome. As someone new to Boston, I was not fully equipped to handle how socially isolating it can be, but Keshet was there for me and I can say, with confidence, that several of my dearest friends are Keshet members.

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

continue their outreach within the Jewish community, gay community, and community at large to help unify people in tolerance and understanding.

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As a staff person at a foundation, I spend lots of time thinking about social change, how its made, which models are strong and which aren't as strong. Keshet is one of a handful of organizations (i.e. fewer than five) that is in the top tier in terms of strong social change models among all of the foundation's grantees. In addition to excellent execution, which is a prerequisite, the aspect of Keshet's model I find most compelling its combination of two strategies. On the one hand, they work with individuals, helping folks see that there is a way to integrate the GLBT aspect of their identity with the Jewish aspect of their identity. On the other hand, they work with mainstream Jewish institutions (e.g. synagogues, JCCs, camps, schools) to help them recognize a) that they may not be as welcoming and inclusive as they think they are, and b) how to be more welcoming and inclusive. Either of these approaches by themselves would be important work. The combination of the two is far more than the sum of the individual parts. The fact that Keshet has chosen to "grow" by spreading/sharing what its learned rather than scaling up its infrastructure in multiple cities is another smart, resourceful decision by the organization. Finally, institutions that come to realize that they weren't as welcoming and inclusive as they thought they were in terms of GLBT folks are, in my opinion, highly likely to ask the obvious next question. Namely, "Who else doesn't feel as welcome and included as we might think?" Interfaith couples, Jews of color, folks with physical, mental or learning differences could all appear on the institution's radar in a new way. Because of this ripple effect, I think of Keshet not simply as a GLBT organization, but as an organization that's bringing about a more inclusive, welcoming Jewish community in general. Any funder that is looking forward to the day when the Jewish community welcomes, includes and helps unleash the potential involvement of every individual has a great investment opportunity in Keshet.

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

the growing numbers of GLBT folks who have a Jewish outlet and the growing number of institutions that are becoming more welcoming and inclusive of GLBT folks.

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Keshet has made fabulous strides in outreach to the Jewish Community. The educational programs have created important dialogue in moving toward more inclusivity for all.

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

The staff and volunteers are committed and professional. Their events and outreach are commendable.

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I worked as a volunteer first and then for a small time as an intern when Keshet was starting to grow back in 2003. I think the vision of the organization with the community organizing tools applied, has brought to Boston, the US and also to the international Jewish community an example on how things can change for good. In Argentina and Latin America we had applied Keshet tools and programs succesfully and we have always had the support of their staff.

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

positive reactions from local constituency in Argentina and Latin America

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

to experience community, feel there is a possible change and experience that change.

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

very professional and accesible.

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

Adapt their programming to other lenguages and hire staff worldwide, starting with Europe and Latin America.

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Keshet is one of those charities where the staff, although professional are focused on their mission 24/7. It is a pleasure to see donations so carefully managed and so much good done day to day

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

dedicated beyond belief

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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