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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Role: Volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Keshet is doing very important work in the Greater Boston area and beyond. Their work to educate the larger jewish community about GLBT folks is really important. In addition their organizing and advocacy around equal marriage and transgender issues has and will continue to be critical.

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

talented, diverse, open minded, passionate.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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10 people found this review helpful

Keshet was worked to create an open and inclusive community where members can connect in countless ways. Their educational trainings are laying the groundwork for significant change in the way that Jewish educators relate to students and how they respond to GLBT issues.

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

open, well educated and passionate about their beliefs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I was trained as a facilitator by keshet as part of their Hebrew school educational programs. I know that through that program and others like it keshet is generating important converstion within the Jewish community around issues of inclusion, inclusion of glbt folks, and inclusion of others. Keshet is a vital force in Boston and nationally.

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

The seat glbt folks have at the perverbial Jewish community table.

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

Activism and community building rolled up in one.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Keshet is a wonderful organization in Boston with very committed staff. From Keshet trainings and interactions I have had with staff I've learned a lot about how to be more inclusive especially around trans-issues and I've been proud to march in the Boston Pride Parade with Keshet for the past 2 years.

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

my own learning and conversations I have had with friends and colleague.

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

continue to approach goals with a campaign mentality.

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

meeting new people and building relationships.

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

incredible.

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

dramatically change how inclusive the Jewish community is on a national level.

Ways to make it better...

more events were run by other volunteers instead of just being staff lead. Although I understand how hard this is (and recognize that I'm not stepping up), it doesn't seem sustainable to have an organizer work so many nights.

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

that they don't have enough staff to do everything they would like.

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

I'm so proud that something that started in Boston is having such a national impact

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Keshet is a wonderful organization that works to promote tolerance and understanding within the local and national Jewish community. They provide much needed training, support and advocacy.

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

Massachusetts schools

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

The people

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-8-01

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8 people found this review helpful

As a straight ally, I am so honored to participate in Keshet's wonderful and inclusive programming. they do amazing work to create inroads for inclusivity in both the Jewish community and the greater Boston community as well. Keshet makes me proud to be a part of the Boston Jewish community.

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

passionate, dedicated, open-minded, welcoming and fun!

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2009-6-01

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8 people found this review helpful

My experience with Keshet, as a non-Jew, has been welcoming and amazing. The organization does an amazing job of involving all in their endeavors and has been an integral part of my spiritual life. Their ability to create opportunities to engage with affirming GLBT people is impressive and powerful. After volunteering at the Cabaret I was so moved by the sense of family and community, and truly felt as if I belonged somewhere. I have not expereinced that feeling before, and it was a true gift that the staff and supporters of Keshet nurture. Keshet is an invaluable organization that is a beacon of light in the GLBT community.

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

the amazing way they support community building for GLBT people in Boston.

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

not change a thing.

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

it's spirit and welcoming philosophy.

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

passionate about their work and dedicated to the mission of the organization. They were friendly and welcoming of newcomers and were amazing ambasadors for Keshet.

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

continue to do the amazing work it does to increase the acceptance of GLBT people in Jewish culture and religion and be an amazing leader working with other faiths as a leader in an Interfaith Coalition to create a welcoming and affirming faith group.

Ways to make it better...

nothing bad to say.

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

needing more financial resources to continue to grow the programming and messaging to reach more people.

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

it is amazing!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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8 people found this review helpful

When I first discovered Keshet toward the end of my college experience, I was so grateful to have finally found a community in which my whole self -- queer and Jewish alike -- was embraced, celebrated, and affirmed. At a personal level, Keshet has given me the confidence to be a change-agent in my community, and helped me to live a richer and more integrated life. Nationally, Keshet has been a pioneering force in creating GLBT-inclusive Jewish community through education and advocacy. Thanks to the work of Keshet, I know that my kids will be born into a Jewish community that is more open, loving, and proud.

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

the increasing number of "GLBT Safe Zone" stickers that appear in Jewish institutions.

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

create a GLBT-Jewish Fellowship program in memory of Harvey Milk.

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

participating in Equal Marriage rallies and having Queer Shabbat dinners with wonderful people!

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

warm, friendly, engaging, and exceptionally competent. I love the Keshet staff and volunteers. Idit Klein is just the kind of leader every community should have.

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

exponentially grow its staff, have offices in different cities to meet the needs of different communities, and do much more in less time!

Ways to make it better...

I had known about Keshet when I was in high school.

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

addressing the needs of multiple demographics within the Jewish community.

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

Keshet gives me hope that the world can, indeed, change ... in fact, it's already changing!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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8 people found this review helpful

Keshet is an amazing organization that has helped transform our Jewish community in Boston. I am an ally of all that Keshet does and have seen the conversation around potentailly controversial issues get more normalized and our community really move forward because of the work of Keshet. They do educational work that really gives well meaning people the right tools to effect positive change.

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

how people view GLBT community members and groups outreach.

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

use the movie about Gann for leverage with outher creative types to create other resources and not focus only on the movie.

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

how much change I have seen in the results of their work.

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

nice, inclusive, understanding and fun.

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

educate people across the country in how to make the Jewish community and our GLBT members of it work together on the importnat issues of the day, after Keshet had trained everyone on how to be inclusive.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to devote to Keshet and Keshet had more ways to do deep thinking of strategies.

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

money, reach, money and using their Boston model in other cities.

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

Keshet has so many skills that other social change organizations, outside of GLBT issues, could gain from learning from Keshet.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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8 people found this review helpful

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.

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

their relationships within the Jewish communities around the country.

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

not do anything different. Their great.

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?

2009-5-01

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