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: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Keshet is an incredible asset to the Jewish community.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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I count on Keshet to keep me abreast of pertinent issues in the Jewish queer community that represent particular points of view. I frequently direct my social work students to Keshet for articles and commentary that I believe may be relevant and stimulate dialogue.

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

Offer a range of views on Zionism and Israeli politics.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Keshet does amazing work to increase inclusion in the Jewish community for Jews who identify as LGBTQ. As a professional in the slightly different but very much related field of Jewish inclusion for kids with special needs, they inspire me every single day, and have been incredible partners in making the Jewish community accessible to all.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Keshet identified a need in the community (that being both the LGBTQA and Jewish communities individually) that was not being addressed. As a member of both communities, I know that there really hasn't been much space for intersectionality. It is important for members of the LGBTQA community to know that their sexual orientation does not rob them of their Jewish identity and that they can be fully embraced by everyone. Keshet is working on the important work within the system to ensure that Jewish organizations, day schools and synagogues stand up for all of their members.

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

Bring the organization to Chicago ASAP. We need them here!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

What Keshet has created is a must for anyone concerned about making each child feel safe to learn in all of our educational environments. This is not just about GLBT inclusivity – this is reframing the way we look at constructing educational spaces. Keshet’s training should be mandatory for every teacher, educator, counselor and youth worker in the Jewish community.

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

my work with the Addressing Evaded Issues in Jewish Education program at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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22 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Gay-straight alliances forming at Jewish day schools.

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!)

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.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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9 people found this review helpful

Keshet is an organization that is transforing the American Jewish community. It has incredibly strong leadership, strategic thinking, and can handle the follow-through necessary to run a national organization - it's well-worth any investment of time or money!

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

the way the Jewish community has become more willing to discuss GLBT issues in mainstream organizations.

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

Interacting with the thoughtful, professional leadership.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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9 people found this review helpful

time is short, and my admiration long: but the point is that work Keshet does to increase awareness and create a civil society is beyond works. the menu does not allow for mulitple roles....but I am a professional, donor, and personal fan of the organization. In this day and age, Keshet provides a steady north star vision for the world, which we so sorely need. thanks.

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

Not sure what this means..I wrote my view in my review!

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

Ways to make it better...

Can't even think of one way they could be better....other than more people getting to know about their great work.

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

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

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2009-7-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

Working with Keshet has remained a pinnacle experience of how working with an engaged nonprofit can yield brilliant, extraordinary results. I adore these people.

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

bringing people to conversation about queer/trans jewish issues who would not have come to it on their own.

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

find a double-Virgo office manager, stat.

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

Enthusiasm! And lots of it.

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

Tender, bright, engaged, and deeply committed.

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

do exactly what it does now, in many more places.

Ways to make it better...

the organizational end had been a little more developed.

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

not enough people to do everything means that details get missed, questons and problems can get overlooked. The staff is very, very taxed,

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

I adore Keshet, and want them to succeed. I think they need a solid development professional and an organizational genius to help them with that.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

We in the Boston area are fortunate to have Keshet as a community service, training and educational organization. I work with college students and Keshet has helped the GLBT and friends community over the years. They assist with training, make visits to campus to discuss issues that are pertinent to the campus community and have volunteers who are always available to come in for educational programs. I appreciate their strong volunteer base and the commitment that Keshet has to the greater Boston Jewish community.

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

the personal contact and willingness to work with specific needs of college students and gender issues

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

 
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