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: 4 stars  

Keshet is doing a fantastic job that no one else is doing in the Jewish community of North America today. Their devotion and commitment, as well as their peaceful and friendly approach to different types of communities and people are making the change of approach towards lgbt's in Jewish communities a living reality in stead of just empty words.

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

Open an American-Israeli desk.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My formal Jewish education went from pre-school to seventh grade and nobody ever even mentioned the possibility of being anything but heterosexual and cisgender. Synagogues are becoming more inclusive, but they will need proper guidance.

If I'd had resources like Keshet when I was younger, I think I would have figured out a lot of things a lot sooner. I am so glad that it exists.

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Likely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have no personal expierence with this organazition, nor do I live in the area it serves but as a Queer Jewish kid I wish I did.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Being someone who teters between Jewish and LGBT none profits, its really nice seeing something that works for both. Its very empowering to know they work for so many demographics like teachers, families, professionals, and youth. I cannot wait to see how this none profit expands. I really love their resources. The staff has gone out of there way to support me.

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

I would make it more visible amongst the major Jewish none profits.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Keshet does great works for the GLBTQ community and does wonders for advocacy among the Jewish community. I believe with things like GLBTQ outreach, it needs to be done at a more personal, intimate level, and I think working through the Jewish community is exactly the approach that's needed. They do so many things with so little resources it's absolutely amazing.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

23 people found this review helpful

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

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

everything they sponsor.

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

never be able to do it as well!!

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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Keshet is wonderful. Always happy, always helping. Just wonderful. Every event I've ever attended, from staff to membership, everyone has been welcoming and kind.

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

Their annual Cabaret and generally their presence in the broader jewish community.

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

make sure the current staff got raises, and the volunteers got paid.

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

how friendly everyone always is.

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

helpful and positive.

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

make the world a better place.

Ways to make it better...

I had stayed longer.

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

funding.

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

I love keshet.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

Keshet is a wonderful organization. The work that they do helps make our community welcoming and inclusive, and I am so glad that Keshet exists.

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

AMAZING! They bring such passion to their work, and their dedication shows in everything they do.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Keshet does a great job advocating for LGBTQ folks in the Jewish communities, educating members of the Jewish community on LGBTQ issues, and organising social and support events for LGBTQ Jews.

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

educating Jewish leaders in being allies to LGBTQ folks.

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

how open Keshet is to people from varying backgrounds.

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

increase its educational programs, reaching out nationwide to Jewish organisations.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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