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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

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

Board Member

Rating: 5

Keshet is the best investment I have made, both philanthropically and in terms of energy spent as a volunteer bread member. Keshet has saved lives, has helped stop bullying in schools, and brought many disenfranchised Jewish people back into the community. Bravissimo!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Keshet works in the Jewish community all over the United States. It saw there was a need to be more inclusive and because of their amazing work, there is more understanding and tolerance in the community. They have a small staff but because of the commitment they make a hugh difference.


Board Member

Rating: 5

It goes without saying that I sleep better at night knowing that Keshet is doing the hard work to build a more inclusive Judaism.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Seldom do you see an organization that models the very values it teaches -- empathy, compassion, tolerance and respect. Keshet has taught us all to be more accepting of ourselves and others. It has given a home and a voice to so many LGBTQ community members who felt displaced, misunderstood, and powerless. It is no wonder that Keshet has become a leading change agent in the Jewish community and beyond.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Keshet is an amazing organization on account of its passionate, thoughtful, dedicated, and innovative staff. The staff's, donors' and program participants' ability to connect to Keshet's mission and to implement real change and inclusiveness in Jewish communities of all denominations and throughout the country has transformed Keshet from an idea of a few people just over 10 years ago to a thriving national organization. I am honored to be a part of it.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Keshet leads the way in the next generation of smart, highly connected, impactful work. If you're someone who wants to claim your full identity -- both Jewish and queer -- Keshet provides the resources and connections to make this happen. And the space being created in the "mainstream" Jewish community for GLBT inclusion and celebration is impressive. Thanks, Keshet

Board Member

Rating: 5

Keshet has grown over the past decade from a local community and advocacy group to become THE leading national go-to for Jewish agencies, synagogues, et al for resources and training to become inclusive. This credibility and reach has come through the strategic and thoughtful approach of a dynamic staff and volunteer base and is enabling Keshet to make remarkable strides in advancing a vision of a Jewish community that is truly inclusive and to, in the same breathe, protect and support all of our LGBT kids.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Keshet is among the most effective non-profit organizations on the Jewish communal landscape for its clear mission and easily measured outcomes. If 10 years ago, few Jewish institutions were open and welcoming of LGBT Jews, today, a Jewish institution that does not consider LGBT Jews full and equal members is considered an outlier in need of transformation.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Keshet is one of those charities where the staff, although professional are focused on their mission 24/7. It is a pleasure to see donations so carefully managed and so much good done day to day

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Keshet is a model organization that is educating, transforming, and supporting the Jewish community locally and nationally. I am proud to be a supporter of Keshet, and I feel confident that my children will grow up in a more inclusive Jewish community because of Keshet's work. I am very impressed by how Keshet, in just a few years, had developed from a local community organization to a powerful force on the national scene.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Put simply, Keshet is the only GLBT focused non-profit that I can point to and say "my life is better because they exist."

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Keshet has been successful in bring lbgtq issues to the agenda of the mainstream Jewish community not as a supplicant but as a central presence and contributor. Keshet is making a difference to Jews of whatever sexual orientation and gender identity and of all ages who see themselves represented by its advocacy and vision of what Jewish community should and can be. They have been effective in both building an organizaiton and making a difference.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a straight ally, Keshet is a fantastic orgnaization that certainly is dedicated to its main mission, but it is also excellent at creating inclusive opportunities for all. I could not be more proud to be affiliated with Keshet.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm honored to serve on the Keshet Advisory Board and its Development Committee. Idit Klein and her staff, and the dedicated Keshet volunteers make the world a better, stronger place by encouraging, supporting, cajoling and enabling the Jewish community to embrace its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community members and encouraging GLBT people to become part of their broader community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Keshet fills so many important needs in our world - building community among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Jews and their allies in Boston, advocating for full inclusion of GLBT Jews in existing Jewish communities (and providing training to help that happen), incubating other organizations to do similar work, and more.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Keshet has changed the Jewish community in the greater Boston area and beyond. With Jewish continuity on the minds of a great many Jews, Keshet provides the means for inclusion of LGBTQ Jews in mainstream and LGBTQ-specific settings. What greater service could one ask?! My own experience is that Keshet opened the door in my own synagogue to a much more GLBTQ-sensitive atmosphere. Keshet has also given me the opportunity to serve in a Jewish organization in which I could feel at home.