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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 a model of how to thoughtfully grow an organization with integrity. It has moved from a fledgling start-up to a full fledged powerhouse as the result of strong leadership, deliberate strategic planning, meaningful partnerships, and a strong public presence. Keshet has navigated its local/national identity with finesse and serves as a model to other organizations of how to grow with transparency and strength.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a champion of Idit Klein's work in the glbtq community and have had the great pleasure to watch Keshet grow under her expert guardianship. With education, inspiration and vision, Idit has literally set the benchmark for glbtq inclusion in the Jewish community. Keshet reaches with open arms to embrace and unite the many organizations working toward equality - it is truly the eponymous "rainbow". As a spokesperson, Idit cuts with insight and nuance to inject broader dialogues about tolerance with a common sense and compassion that leads to understanding, and ultimately, to full inclusion. Ahead of its time, Keshet is already active at the more challenging forefront of transgender rights in Massachusetts. I believe the country will follow . . .

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Donor

Rating: 5

Keshet is an amazing eductional organization that should be viewed as not just a model GLBTQ educational programs, but for educational organziations in general.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Keshet has done an amazing job at fulfilling it's mission to serve the LGBTQ community in the Jewish and non-Jewish world. The growth it has seen in the past ten years is exceptional - a great return on my investment. From a speakers' bureau that went into synagogues to talk about marriage equality, to expansion of the Keshet "concept" to groups nationally, to a feature length film with worldwide distribution, Keshet makes an impact.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Keshet is an amazing organization. Under the suberb leadership of Idit Klein, Keshet has gone from a one woman show operating (literally) out of Idit's apartment to become a local, regional and national force in the GLBTQ community. The Keshet staff is organized, inteeligent and committed. They do an amazing job with limited financial resources. Keshet has lead the way for GLBT Jews to be fully-welcomed as participants in Judiasm. It has made a difference in my life and that of other Jews, whether GLBT or straight.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to say that I have been a donor to Keshet for many years. It is an honor to be associated with this courageous, vitally important organization. Keshet has contributed to the Jewish community and to the larger society in SO many ways, among them by producing the wonderful documentary HINENI. It is worth noting that I'm heterosexual. Keshet deserves support from every heterosexual who cares in the abstract about social justice and who cares concretely about the LGBTQ family, friends, and coworkers we're lucky enough to know. I have nothing but admiration for Keshet and for its outstanding executive director, Idit Klein.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor, it is important to me that money is spent in a transparent and efficient manner. Keshet does an outstanding job on that score.

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Donor

Rating: 5

By giving a talk at our synagogue the Executive Director, Idit Klein, acquainted us with the importance of supporting and including and respecting the GLBT community. As a member of our Rainbow Committee and as former chair of our Social Action committee I remain committed to such full inclusion. Currently we are working to have the state legislature include Gender Identity in our civil right's legislation. Keshet is critical to passage of that legislation.