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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

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

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.

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,

Donor

Rating: 4

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.

11

Donor

Rating: 4

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.

11

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

9

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

7

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

10

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

9

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

7

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

7

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

8

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Keshet--they are doing amazing work both locally in Boston and nationally. Keshet is at the forefront of the civil rights battles of ours time: equal marriage and transgender equality.

7

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm always thoroughly impressed with Keshet's work and look forward to their upcoming projects. I guess that's pretty similar to my feelings on Seth Rogen, but he doesn't do an amazing job with community outreach and LGBT inclusion. Though he should!

8

Donor

Rating: 5

I think Keshet is wonderful organization because it helps bring the Jewish community together. It allows individuals who are normally left out, to feel welcome and a part of a group.

7

Donor

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that has added much to the Boston Jewish Community. Between the release of their heartwarming film Hineni to their work for safe space within Jewish schools and summer camps, they have brought a new understanding of diversity to Boston. I have watched this organization grow in numbers and strength through wonderfully innovative staff and volunteers.