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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

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Keshet identified a need in the community (that being both the LGBTQA and Jewish communities individually) that was not being addressed. As a member of both communities, I know that there really hasn't been much space for intersectionality. It is important for members of the LGBTQA community to know that their sexual orientation does not rob them of their Jewish identity and that they can be fully embraced by everyone. Keshet is working on the important work within the system to ensure that Jewish organizations, day schools and synagogues stand up for all of their members.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What Keshet has created is a must for anyone concerned about making each child feel safe to learn in all of our educational environments. This is not just about GLBT inclusivity – this is reframing the way we look at constructing educational spaces. Keshet’s training should be mandatory for every teacher, educator, counselor and youth worker in the Jewish community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Keshet combines direct service to GLBT Jews in Greater Boston with local and national advocacy for full inclusion by Jewish institutions, especially schools. That's a winning and effective combination.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Keshet is an organization that is transforing the American Jewish community. It has incredibly strong leadership, strategic thinking, and can handle the follow-through necessary to run a national organization - it's well-worth any investment of time or money!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

time is short, and my admiration long: but the point is that work Keshet does to increase awareness and create a civil society is beyond works. the menu does not allow for mulitple roles....but I am a professional, donor, and personal fan of the organization. In this day and age, Keshet provides a steady north star vision for the world, which we so sorely need. thanks.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with Keshet has remained a pinnacle experience of how working with an engaged nonprofit can yield brilliant, extraordinary results. I adore these people.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

We in the Boston area are fortunate to have Keshet as a community service, training and educational organization. I work with college students and Keshet has helped the GLBT and friends community over the years. They assist with training, make visits to campus to discuss issues that are pertinent to the campus community and have volunteers who are always available to come in for educational programs. I appreciate their strong volunteer base and the commitment that Keshet has to the greater Boston Jewish community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was an intern at Keshet for a summer. I learned more about contributing to a community and the value of good leaders allowing those with passion and movtivation to move projects forward than at any other place in my employment experience thus far. I am eternally grateful for the guidance of Orly and Idit, and the trust they showed me over the course of the summer. The mission of this organization is central to Jewish communal development, but their impact is much wider, and constantly reminds people of the power of dual-identity politics, issue-focused campaigns and the importance of one-to-one connections! Keshet was my gold at the end of the rainbow!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Largely due to Keshet, I can walk into many synagogues and Jewish institutions and feel like there's a good chance there will be more acceptance of LGBT Jews, and more knowledge about us. I can trust Keshet to do excellent work, to represent me and other LGBT folks well, to care deeply about each person, LGBT and straight, to understand the history of oppression, and to convey that respectfully and in a way that can be heard by potential allies. This is an outstanding organization for social justice!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In 2000, faith became a much larger part of my life, and I needed a way to integrate that with my life’s work. As a transgender leader, it meant the world to me when Idit Klein asked me to come and work with Keshet – to help make Keshet and its work trans welcoming and inclusive from the beginning. Together we founded Keshet’s Transgender Working Group (TWiG). Through Keshet, and its role in the Interfaith Coalition for Transgender Equality, I’ve been a part of so much wonderful Jewish and interfaith work around trans issues – so much tikkun olam.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Keshet (rainbow) is a worthwhile organization that does amazing work in advocating for Jewish LGBT community. While their origins were local services in the Boston area, they now work other groups to offer services nationwide and around the world. I had the honor to attend a three-day national workshop on creating a safe and supportive safe for teens which I have brought back to my synagogue. In fact, I have taught a film and accompanying curriculum on the issue of homosexuality and Judaism that Keshet produced. Further, Keshet has been instrumental in helping my synagogue community become an advocate for the LGBT community. On a personal note, having been torn about my own identity for many years, it was the confidence and resources that I got from Keshet's workshop that convinced me to come out.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Keshet is an amazing organization that I have had the privilege to work with several times. Each time, I have been witness to the transformative and healing power of the educative work it does by helping some people to feel visible and appreciated for the first time, while helping other people to struggle through their own questions and barriers to become more open-minded. I've seen educators who have gone through a Keshet training take their new learnings and understandings into their own classroom to create safer, more inclusive, more sensitive learning environments.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Keshet is an amazing organization that really manages to balance meeting the needs of its members and local community while bringing important messages and advocacy to a wider community. The organization is brave, fearless, and principled.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Keshet does a great job building relationships between the LGBT and mainstream Jewish communities. It's education and outreach programs are first rate.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Keshet is a wonderful and diverse organization that makes a huge difference in the lives of LGBTQ Jews and allies of all ages by providing educational, social, cultural and organizing for social justice in a wide variety of settings.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a non-profit agency that serves families, we had Keshet review all of our promotional materials and website to make sure that we were being welcoming and inclusive. They suggested some word changes which we incorporated and have increased the number of GLBT families we serve.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In 1981 I lost my job for a national Jewish organization because of my identity, a lesbian. Today Keshet is providing leadership, adovacy and training for that organization and others to ensure that our Jewish community grows beyond 'tolerating' LGBTQQI, to embracing, celebrating all. I am a social worker, Jewish educator, community activist and leader in my midwest LBGTQQI community with over 3 decades or professional experience. Participating in Keshets training program, it's master educator training program and then bringing their work into my community has been one of my rewarding personal and professional experiences. The Keshet staff work with a high standard of professional work ethics and practice. The trainings were hands on and provided participants with tools that can easily be used in synagogues and Jewish youth groups and schools. Their community organizational approach is fundamental to their successful approach.