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Review for Keshet Inc, Jamaica Plain, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own ability to define myself as gay and in the faces of my teens who have come out and/or become advocates for equality, particularly in a Jewish context.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to facilitate opportunities for past workshop participants to stay in touch on a formal level. I would also work to create programs and resources in other areas of the country or partner with already established groups in these areas.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the confidence I have gained in teaching about and advocating for LGBT equality. As a young professional who works with teens, gender and sexuality is a hot topic. I have a fantastic knowledge base to be an effective teacher on this important topic.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing individuals who are not working with this organization for a paycheck. They are motivated and empowered to create an LGBT community, to fight for LGBT rights and equality, and to empower teens and future leaders to be advocates on this issue.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do anything! It would expand the social programming locally and in other areas. It would also facilitate opportunities for lay leaders to participate to in workshops and seminars.

Ways to make it better...

I found Keshet earlier in my life! For too long I could not define my sexual orientation and I was not comfortable with myself. Thanks to Keshet, I gained valuable professional tools and the invaluable opportunity to grown on a personal level.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial, like any other nonprofit. Aside from money, this organization struggles for validity in certain areas. In less progressive geographic areas, a gay rights group has toubles. In more traditional religious communities, the same problems exist.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I participated in one of their national trainings and faciliated community and teen programs utilizing Keshet resources.