KESHET INC

Rating: 4.93 stars   136 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, LGBTQ

Location: 284 Amory Street Jamaica Plain MA 02130 USA

Mission: Keshet is a national grassroots organization that works for the full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Jews in Jewish life. Led and supported by LGBT Jews and straight allies, Keshet strives to cultivate the spirit and practice of inclusion in all parts of the Jewish community. We began as a small, grassroots group working for change in the Greater Boston area, and we are now a national organization with offices in the Bay Area and Denver, in addition to our national office in Boston.
Programs: Build Community for LGBT Jews Support Families Train Jewish Leaders for LGBT Inclusion Fight for LGBT Civil Rights Produce Jewish LGBT Resources
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Keshet has changed the face of the American Jewish community for the better. Thanks to Keshet, we are on the way to being a more inclusive and just community. My volunteer work has been forever improved due to my time with Keshet. My roles with Keshet made me feel powerful and able to make impact.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Keshet is true to is grassroots beginnings. I approached Keshet about having a presence at Boston's Youth Pride and they supported me in organizing a table and getting volunteers. They are truly an organization driven by community need and interest.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I interned over the summer of 2014 with Keshet, and was never anything but impressed by the passion for and knowledge of the work that the staff members had. Everyone at the SF branch was dedicated, knowledgeable, fun, and passionate. I think Keshet is absolutely life-changing, and I would like nothing better to see them grow and expand even more so that Jewish communities everywhere can have the luck and pleasure of being educated by them.

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

Add more staff to the SF Bay Area branch, because they do amazing work and could do more with more people.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Keshet is leading the way in pushing the Jewish community to be more LGBTQ inclusive. From educational programming to community building, Keshet serves most of the Jewish community. As a Keshet volunteer and queer-identified Jew, I am grateful for the opportunity to join them in this hard and rewarding work.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Keshet does amazing work in providing resources and training for enabling synagogues and community groups to be welcoming and supportive for LGBT participants. I have found Keshet to be a warm and welcoming community in Boston and a great way to meet other LGBT Jews. I have had the opportunity to participate in Shabbat celebrations and in learning opportunities and have enjoyed attending and volunteering at the Cabaret fundraiser for several years. The Keshet staff and volunteers are fantastic and truly dedicated to the organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I loved Keshet when I was living in Boston because it let me participate in and then contribute to Jewish LGBT events. I wish it was national so that it could have reached me when I lived in Minneapolis and now that I am in Washington D.C. It has been wonderful to see it expand from Boston-only to Denver and now San Fran too! I hope to see Keshet continue to expandi the types of services it offers from social to advocacy to supportive, etc as it has been doing over the past many years.

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

Make it national.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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12 people found this review helpful

Keshet is an amazing unique organization that makes me feel so welcome as a Jewish lesbian. I think the fact that my potential move to DC is being put off because I don't want to leave Keshet, is a testament to how strongly I feel about their mission, programming, and presence.

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

the multiple amazing programs they put on each month.

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

do less color printing to save money. :)

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

growing to become part of the organization rather than just a participant.

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

outgoing, friendly, and inclusive.

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

develop more satellite chapters in other progressive cities and establish more of a national presence than it already hass.

Ways to make it better...

I were around more during the weekends to participate in more activities.

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

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

Keshet is a wonderful organization whose membership and staff will hopefully grow throughout the years.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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22 people found this review helpful

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 .

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

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

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.

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......

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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11 people found this review helpful

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.

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

positive reactions from local constituency in Argentina and Latin America

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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

Keshet is a remarkable and essential resource to the Jewish community - as a straight allie who has supported other GLBT organizations for years, it's about time we got with the program! The leadership and staff of Keshet bring innovation and creativity to their work,along with an inclusive and joyous approach. In the past several years they have succeeded in developing many of the necessary tools for building awareness, strengthening education, and promoting action on GLBT issues in our community.

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

educating members of the Jewish community through presentations at large gatherings and more intimate events for funders.

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

build strong alliances with Jewish and non-Jewish activists working on GLBT issues unaware of the existence of Keshet.

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

meeting their executive director and founder, appreciating their work product, celebrating their creativity in producing special events and promoting new forms of engagement.

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

outstanding!

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

insure that all congregations, Jewish community centers, and educational and cultural institions had the necessary budget, staff, and programs to support GLBT members of our community.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to integrate their work into my own within the mainstream Jewish community. Looking forward to the next best opportunity.

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

the current funding climate.

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

I have been particularly moved at how this organization has gone about its work, with dignity and humility in the face of ignorance and years of neglect from a human rights and social justice perspective.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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