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October 30, 2013

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October 30, 2013

Keshet is doing great work in the SF bay area -- reaching out to unaffiliated Jews in the LGBT community and encouraging mainstream Jewish organizations to open their programs and facilities to LGBT participants. Their leadership is highly qualified and they are working in a focused an efficient manner to bring real social change to the Jewish community,

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October 29, 2013

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October 29, 2013

I have been very impressed with the community organizing work of Keshet in the Bay Area. They are reaching folks who do not normally identify with Jewish organizations, especially synagogues. Young people, who truly acknowledge multiple identities, are being supported in their journeys to participation and leadership. Providing important education in schools and non profit organizations helps these agencies to better serve their LGBTQ clients, students and families.

The staff understands the importance of programs that emphasize fun, connecting folks to learning opportunities and having an open door for listening.

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hope they can expand to parts of the country that are not as supportive as Denver, The Bay Area and Boston.

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July 6, 2009

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July 6, 2009

As a staff person at a foundation, I spend lots of time thinking about social change, how its made, which models are strong and which aren't as strong. Keshet is one of a handful of organizations (i.e. fewer than five) that is in the top tier in terms of strong social change models among all of the foundation's grantees. In addition to excellent execution, which is a prerequisite, the aspect of Keshet's model I find most compelling its combination of two strategies. On the one hand, they work with individuals, helping folks see that there is a way to integrate the GLBT aspect of their identity with the Jewish aspect of their identity. On the other hand, they work with mainstream Jewish institutions (e.g. synagogues, JCCs, camps, schools) to help them recognize a) that they may not be as welcoming and inclusive as they think they are, and b) how to be more welcoming and inclusive. Either of these approaches by themselves would be important work. The combination of the two is far more than the sum of the individual parts. The fact that Keshet has chosen to "grow" by spreading/sharing what its learned rather than scaling up its infrastructure in multiple cities is another smart, resourceful decision by the organization. Finally, institutions that come to realize that they weren't as welcoming and inclusive as they thought they were in terms of GLBT folks are, in my opinion, highly likely to ask the obvious next question. Namely, "Who else doesn't feel as welcome and included as we might think?" Interfaith couples, Jews of color, folks with physical, mental or learning differences could all appear on the institution's radar in a new way. Because of this ripple effect, I think of Keshet not simply as a GLBT organization, but as an organization that's bringing about a more inclusive, welcoming Jewish community in general. Any funder that is looking forward to the day when the Jewish community welcomes, includes and helps unleash the potential involvement of every individual has a great investment opportunity in Keshet.

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the growing numbers of GLBT folks who have a Jewish outlet and the growing number of institutions that are becoming more welcoming and inclusive of GLBT folks.

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2009

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July 6, 2009

Keshet has made fabulous strides in outreach to the Jewish Community. The educational programs have created important dialogue in moving toward more inclusivity for all.

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The staff and volunteers are committed and professional. Their events and outreach are commendable.

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July 6, 2009

Idit Klein is a visionary leader, someone who has brought consistent and thorough leadership to the Boston community in general and to GLBT in particular. Through her work at Keshet she has expanded the network of communal understanding and empathy, education and focus to a growing awareness for inclusion. To be part of the network of support enhances our understanding of an organization who has managed growth and vision simultaneously to produce great results. I am honored to be part of the effort.

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

expanding its' base of support

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Getting to work with idit.

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Superb, intelligent, hard working dedicated

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

COntinue to expand its' horizons and help more young people negogiate the shoals of inclusion

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July 6, 2009

I have seen Keshet come from a local Boston non-profit for the benefit of the Gay/Lesbian/Bi/ Trans community into a nationally known organization , educating, servicing and supporting the young LGBT person and also the general Jewish community. I support their successful efforts financially and spiritually.

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thier reaching out to the larger non-Gay communiity and educating

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they have alsways included me in their projects

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Warm,welcoming and intelligent.

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

save many lives and change many minds.

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2009

July 1, 2009

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July 1, 2009

Keshet is a wonderful organization that works to make the larger Jewish community more welcoming and inclusive of the GLBT community. I first became acquainted with Keshet when I attended a speed dating event they held many years ago. It was really fun, and whaddaya know? - I met my partner there! So, yes, I am one of several (dare I say, "many?") love connections that Keshet has made. Also, at this point, Keshet really is my primary tie to the Jewish community, and of course to the Jewish GLBT community in Boston because Keshet is the foundation of the Jewish GLBT community in our city. So, I am indebted to Keshet in many ways, and I applaud their work - their mission, their trainings, "Hineini," etc. Because of Keshet, I am able to live more openly in both my Jewish and queer identities.

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its diverse programming and at the annual Keshet Cabaret, where one can see the Keshet community and its loyal supporters.

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how there's a place for everyone.

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

energetic, dedicated, smart, innovative, creative, and kind.

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

make the world much safer and even more welcoming for the Jewish GLBT community, especially the youth.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 30, 2009

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June 30, 2009

Keshet is an amazing organization whose work has made a huge impact on the inclusivity of the Jewish community. The consultations and trainings that Keshet conducts with clergy and lay leaders help to ensure that GLBT Jews can fully integrate their identities. Moreover, the Hineni film and curriculum guide have been used to discuss issues of diversity, pluralism, and the changing nature of Jewish law in Jewish camps, day schools, and congregations.

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passionate, intelligent, and committed. Keshet's achievements and impact are directly related to the enthusiasm and drive of the executive director, Idit Klein, and the incredible staff she has assembled.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 26, 2009

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June 26, 2009

I AM VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE KESHET ORGANIZATION AND ITS MISSION. I KNOW IT WILL HELP MANY AND I PREY THAT MORE WILL PEOPLE WILL GET INVOLVED IN ITS CAUSE. GOD BLESS.

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MANY PEOPLE BENEFIT FROM THIS ORGANIZATION

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MORE PEOPLE WERE TO GET INVOLVED

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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June 26, 2009

I am very happy and honored to be able to help Keshet help people find happiness and fulfillment in the Jewish Community. Keshet employees are hard working, dedicated and are performing Tikkum Olam.

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talking to employees.

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their warms.

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it ncould not be better!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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