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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ

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

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow Keshet on facebook and twitter and it's helpful to always see what is going on in the GLBT world.

Zohar A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Shaily H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.