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Keshet Inc

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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

138 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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Keshet provides the support I need to feel welcome in Jewish spaces.

Bill83

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Keshet has changed the face of the American Jewish community for the better. Thanks to Keshet, we are on the way to being a more inclusive and just community. My volunteer work has been forever improved due to my time with Keshet. My roles with Keshet made me feel powerful and able to make impact.

Suzie5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Keshet is an incredible asset to the Jewish community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Keshet is an incredible organization that brings Jewish life to LGBTQ Jews that are looking for more out of their Jewish involvement. Keshet focuses their efforts on inclusion, and I've been wildly impressed with the work Keshet does on a national level, and the work it has been doing locally in Miami.

The Jewish world is indeed a better place with Keshet in it!

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Keshet is an amazing organization that fills many needs. The only thing that could make Keshet better would be for it to exist in more places. May the organization's mission continue to reach those who need support the most.

Donor

Rating: 5

KESHET is an incredible, innovative and dynamic organization ensuring GLBT inclusiveness in the Jewish community and beyond. They have a warm, smart, and wonderful staff who continue to impress me over and over again!

Donor

Rating: 5

Keshet is the only group working nationally on behalf of LGBT Jews, and they do it with huge energy, compassion, and attention to detail. They're smart and focused and humane. In particular I'd point to their efforts at making the transgender part of "LGBT" really significant, but also to their deeply humane and deeply Jewish way of working for a kinder world.

Alan25

Donor

Rating: 5

Keshet has done so much to promote GLBT inclusiveness and fairness in the Jewish community, and as someone who is both gay and Jewish, I certainly appreciate that.

Linda282

Donor

Rating: 5

Keshet is nationally respected for the work they do in the Jewish lgbt community. They have been the lead in Jewish education and community building nationwide. They are accepted fully by mainstream Jewish community and provides a safe home for diversity. Idit Kline is an amazing leader and founder.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Keshet is true to is grassroots beginnings. I approached Keshet about having a presence at Boston's Youth Pride and they supported me in organizing a table and getting volunteers. They are truly an organization driven by community need and interest.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned over the summer of 2014 with Keshet, and was never anything but impressed by the passion for and knowledge of the work that the staff members had. Everyone at the SF branch was dedicated, knowledgeable, fun, and passionate. I think Keshet is absolutely life-changing, and I would like nothing better to see them grow and expand even more so that Jewish communities everywhere can have the luck and pleasure of being educated by them.

FrederickHertz

Donor

Rating: 5

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,

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had many opportunities to serve on non-profit boards, but Keshet is the one that truly holds to their mission. I am a proud Jewish woman and a proud mother with a gay daughter. These two elements are powerful forces in my life. For me, the two are one. With a energetic staff, a super-hero executive, outstanding volunteers and generous donors, Keshet is completing their goals with hugh success.
Keshet is making a difference with educations and engaging events. Bravo, Keshet,
Ann Falchuk

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Keshet is leading the way in pushing the Jewish community to be more LGBTQ inclusive. From educational programming to community building, Keshet serves most of the Jewish community. As a Keshet volunteer and queer-identified Jew, I am grateful for the opportunity to join them in this hard and rewarding work.