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
Write a Review

More Info

EIN 48-1278664
617.524.9227
Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Keshet is an excellent organization that puts on wonderful and inclusive programs for the community! Their programming is top notch, and I appreciate all of the hard work that they do.

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

meeting all of the different people that are a part of this wonderful organization, and hearing about their life experiences.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

Was this review helpful? 
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Keshet has meant a lot to my family as my brother is gay. Having resources that help me to better understand what he is going through is invaluable.

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

Keshet’s mission "is to ensure that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Jews are fully welcomed and included in all parts of the Jewish community."

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Was this review helpful? 
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Keshet plays a critical role in creating space for and projecting the voice of LGBT Jews in Jewish life and beyond. We all benefit from the teaching and change-making that Keshet promotes.

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

Opening space for structured conversation about making our Jewish communities welcoming.

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

Ways to make it better...

More people were exposed to the program.

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

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I know about Keshet on an organizational level because one of my friends is a staff person there. Keshet does a great job of offering leadership opportunities for new staff and within its membership base. It recognizes the importance of cultivating the leadership of its members as a way to maintain its long-term sustainability. They also offer diverse programming - from GLBTQ advocacy work to community building through Jewish practice and social outings. They are always busy on some project!

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

how many people they turn out for events.

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

hire more community organizers.

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

hearing about how seriously it takes its membership base and how to include allies to GBLTQ folks in the mix.

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

gregarious and detail-oriented.

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

create a formal model for doing GBLTQ Jewish inclusion work nationally and lead trainings across the country; partner with more organizations and join coalitions to fight discrimination on a national scale; put more resource into Jewish GBLTQ youth.

Ways to make it better...

I had actually turned myself out to an event! I still want to!

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

expanding to fit the needs of the GBLTQ Jewish community with a small budget.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Keshet is the go-to organization for all things queer and Jewish. Besides their amazing programming, their staff is helpful and responsive in responding to requests for ideas, information and contacts. As someone working in the Jewish world (as well as a queer Jew), I definitely depend on Keshet.

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

the number of times I've forwarded information from them to other Jewish professionals--who are always intrigued, enthused and eager to pass it along further.

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

make the web presence more keenly felt--helping to draw more people into the know.

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

how invested everyone is in not only promoting their mission, but learning more about others' perspectives.

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

helpful, kind, interesting, groundbreaking, happy to repeat their message as often as needed.

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

really increase its presence in other cities across the U.S. and the world!

Ways to make it better...

I lived in Boston and could attend the many amazing programs!

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

the sad state of the economy, which makes it harder to physically grow.

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

Idit Klein really deserves a moment of recognition for the incredible job she does.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Keshet never fails to create a fun, inclusive, and welcoming environment. They always have the coolest events (I wish I had more time to attend them all!), and do great work toward the goal of full inclusion of GLBT Jews in Jewish life.

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

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

the incredible variety of people I am put in contact with.

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

smart, interested, and dedicated.

Ways to make it better...

they publicly acknowledged that there were GLBT allies among the group.

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

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

Was this review helpful? 
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

All of the Keshet programming I've attended has been superb. As an ally, I look forward to lots more participation in the future.

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

various programs I've attended to raise awareness about GLBTQI issues in the community.

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

continue its terrific mission.

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

its open invitation to engage the community.

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

superb!

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

bring its message coast to coast, across ages, and across countries.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to attend Keshet programming!

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

mobilizing more people.

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

I'm glad I had the opportunity to comment here.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Keshet does amazing work to build a vibrant, caring, and inclusive community for queer Jews and allies. Their singles events are particularly fabulous!

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

how inspiring their work for change is.

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

enthusiastic and dedicated.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

A Home: supportive, inspiring, challenging, fun and empowering. The leadership is dynamic and knows its constituency and is part of it. Their transgender work is extremely important.

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

The venue Keshet provides for all shades of the Rainbow to speak out, get close, and be creative.

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

turn it back over to Ms. Klein.

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

Being acquainted with the executive director.

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

the executive director

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

Support "halfway" houses for teens and young adults that have been thrown out of their family or have run away because of the societal oppression of GLBTQs.

Ways to make it better...

I lived in Boston

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

the internalized oppression

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

Keshet is mainstream.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Keshet makes me wish I had grown up in the Boston area because I would love to have been involved with the Queer Jewish Youth Group. My first experience with them was when they brought HINENI to my high school, a pluralistic Jewish school where we weren't allowed to have a GSA. It was really powerful to see another girl struggle with the same things I was. Since the I have moved to Boston and attended a few Keshet events. Having the queer Jewish presence is wonderful, even if I can't make it to many of their events.

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

the amazing reception that my partly Conservative high school had to HINENI.

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

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

being around other queer Jews

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

not as helpful as I'd hoped they would be.

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

create a real national presence.

Ways to make it better...

Keshet had stronger communication and more partnership with other Boston queer Jewish groups

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

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

Was this review helpful?