North American Organizations


keshet-1Keshet (in Hebrew: “rainbow,” a symbol of GLBT pride, and also “bow,” an instrument for action) is a national grassroots organization that works for the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) Jews in Jewish life. Led and supported by GLBT Jews and straight allies, Keshet offers resources, trainings, and technical assistance to create inclusive Jewish communities nationwide.


Keshet’s work is guided by a vision of a world where all Jewish organizations and communities are strengthened by LGBT-inclusive programming, policy, culture, and leadership and where Jews of all sexual orientations and gender identities can live fully integrated Jewish lives. In their work across the nation, Keshet trains educators for LGBTQ inclusion, support families, produce Jewish LGBTQ resources, fight for LGBT civil rights, advance the  movement of LGBTQ Jewish inclusion and equality, and much more.


The Equality Guide 
A simple way for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Jews and their loved ones to find inclusive Jewish clergy and institutions and learn about their policies and practices. Looking for a rabbi to perform a wedding? A day school committed to inclusion? A synagogue where you and your family will feel welcome? Keshet’s Equality Guide

For over 10 years, Keshet has trained and supported Jewish educators, clergy, program staff, camp professionals, youth, and lay leaders to ensure that LGBTQ youth, families, and staff are safe, affirmed, and celebrated in all Jewish educational and community settings. Keshet offers Workshops and professional development training for faculty and staff tailored to meet the specific needs of your community and Consultation with individual leaders, parents, and other community professionals. Check out the Training & Consultation section

Support Families.
Keshet provides mentors for Jewish parents and family members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Jews. Confidential peer support by phone, email, video chat, or in person for parents and family members dealing with any stage of their family member’s coming out process, and for young adults who are struggling with how to tell their parents and other family members about their identities. Find out more


U.S. Jewish LGBT Leaders Slam Israeli Adoption Policy as ‘Blatantly Homophobic’ (Haaretz / July 20, 2017)
It’s Increasingly Difficult to Be Pro-Israel and Queer (JTA / June 27, 2017)
Kids Like Us (My Jewish Learning / April 4, 2017)
An Interview with Dr. Susie Tanchel (My Jewish Learning / March 28, 2017)
The Jewish Community’s Obligations to Trans Youth (My Jewish Learning / March 1, 2017)
D.C.’s Paid Leave Bill (My Jewish Learning / February 6, 2017)
An Interview with Ilana Kaufman (My Jewish Learning / February 1, 2017)
Hunter Keith Makes Gender Revolution (A Wider Bridge / December 21, 2016)
Affirming Transgender Lives (Jewish Boston / December 11, 2016)
Boston: Panel on Transgender Issues (Boston Globe / November 30, 2016)
Fight For Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’ Could Reignite (The Forward / November 23, 2016)
On Transgender Day of Remembrance, Jews join in to show support (Jewish Journal / November 22, 2016)
The North Carolina Jewish Federations Stand Together for LGBTQ Inclusion (My Jewish Learning / November 14, 2016)
Coming out for My Transgender Daughter (My Jewish Learning / October 13, 2016)
Making the World A Safe Zone (My Jewish Learning / October 10, 2016)
Telling Stories of Jewish LGBT Lives (The Washington Blade / October 7, 2016)
A ‘Flower Girl’ Walks Down the Aisle (Tablet / September 26, 2016)
2nd Jewish LGBTQ Book from Keshet (A Wider Bridge / September 15, 2016)
Love Your (Genderqueer) Kid in the High Holy Days (A Wider Bridge Chicago / September 9, 2016)
Embracing the High Holidays as the Parent of a Transgender Child (A Wider Bridge / August 8, 2016)
Summer Camps: Transgender Friendly (JTA / June 23, 2016)
JCC Association partner with Keshet in support of LGBTQ (A Wider Bridge / June 22, 2016)
On the Front Lines of LGBT Life in North Carolina (My Jewish Learning / May 6, 2016)
Innovation Grant winner Plans LGBTQ Workshop (St. Louis Jewish Light / May 4, 2016)
For Queer Jews of Color: an Online Resource Guide (The Forward / April 18, 2016)
Jeremy Burton’s Comments at Keshet’s OUTstanding! Gala (JCRC / April 14, 2016)
JCRC Advocates for Trans Inclusion (My Jewish Learning / March 28, 2016)
Helping Shuls Feel ‘Fully Inviting’ (New York Jewish News / February 8, 2016)
Coming Out in the Classroom (Tablet / January 12, 2016)
Why transgender inclusion is a Jewish imperative (Jewish Journal / December 16, 2015)
Two key players in Bay Area LGBT history are honored (J Weekly / December 10, 2015)
Watch ‘Hineni’ For Free (Keshet / November 24, 2015)
Fighting to Be Invisible (My Jewish Learning / November 20, 2015)
Keshet to Honor Messinger at Glimmer (Bay Area Reporter / November 19, 2015)
Gender and Sexuality in Jewish Texts (The Justice / November 17, 2015)
10 Years of Coming Out (My Jewish Learning / November 2, 2015)
Jewish Camp Welcomes 12-Year-Old Trans Kid (RNS / September 14, 2015)
Back to School: Help Bring Social Justice & LGBTQ Equality to the Classroom (My Jewish Learning / August 6, 2015)
Bay Area Jews Celebrate Pride (J Weekly / July 6, 2015)
Our Work isn’t Finished (JTA / June 30, 2015)
Two Jewish LGBT Poets Remember Their Mothers (The Jewish Daily Forward / June 17, 2015)
Keshet Taking Nominations for Award (J Weekly / June 11, 2015)
An LGBTQ Inclusive Community (A Wider Bridge / May 13, 2015)
Heather and Her Mommies March into the 21st Century (My Jewish Learning / March 24, 2015)
‘Transparent’ Changed Our Community (The Huffington Post / February 6, 2015)
A Proposal at a Pride Parade (My Jewish Learning / February 3, 2015)
Honoring Our Allies (My Jewish Learning / December 29, 2014)
A Hanukkah Blessing (My Jewish Learning / December 16, 2014)
Sukkot: A Time for Welcoming (My Jewish Learning / October 13, 2014)
First-Of-Its-Kind LGBT Jewish Curriculum (Pride Source / August 29, 2014)
Silencing Abominable Language: Parashat Re’eh (My Jewish Learning / August 18, 2014)
T’u B’Av: A Day of Love (My Jewish Learning / August 11, 2014)
When Anti-Semitism Hits Close to Home (My Jewish Learning / August 6, 2014)
The Flamingo Rampant Book Club (My Jewish Learning / July 25, 2014)
Reform Jews gather behind URJ banner at Pride Parade (J Weekly / July 10, 2014)
Jewish LGBT leader to speak in Asheville (Qnotes / June 23, 2014)
Ask Asher: The Pride Edition (My Jewish Learning / June 18, 2014)
Young, Orthodox and Openly Gay (Ha’aretz / June 8, 2014)
Jewish LGBTQ Students Thrive (Hillel / June 3, 2014)
Reconciling Jewish, Queer Identities (The Advocate / June 3, 2014)
Celebrate Israel with a Big Tent (A Wider Bridge / June 2, 2014)
MA LGBT Jews look back at the first weddings (The Times of Israel / May 31, 2014)
The LGBT Cluster in the Celebrate Israel Parade (A Wider Bridge / May 20, 2014)
Gorovitz Wins Award from LGBT Group (J Weekly / May 8)
Sarah Silverman Lends Her Voice to Keshet (Shalom Life / March 19, 2014)
LGBT Communities Mark Purim (A Wider Bridge / March 14, 2014)
Religious freedom vs. gay rights: The picture-book edition (JTA / March 6, 2014)
PJ Library Offers Book With Gay Parents, But Only Upon Request (The Jewish Exponent / February 27, 2014)
When My Daughter Came Out of the Closet, I Came Out Too (My Jewish Learning / February 27, 2014)
Jewish Retreat Slated (QNotes / December 20, 2013)
A Wider Bridge’s Executive Director Summarizes 2013’s LGBT Journey to Israel (A Wider Bridge / November 27, 2013)
Texas Groups’ Tel Aviv Pride Trip (Dallas Voice / November 20, 2013)
Transgender Remembrance Day (A Wider Bridge / November 20, 2013)
LGBT People Honored among ‘Forward 50’ (LGBT Weekly / The Jewish Daily Forward / November 12, 2013)
JCF Updates LGBT Section ( / November 4, 2013)
For Interfaith Gay Couples, Just One Obstacle is Cleared (The New York Times / November 1, 2013)
Utah’s Jewish Community to Honor Three ‘Inspiring Women’ (Salt Lake Tribune / October 25, 2013)
Paving the Way for the Next Generation of LGBT Leaders (J Weekly / October 10, 2013)
Jewry Activists’ Guide to LGBT Battle vs. Russia (J Weekly / September 19, 2013)
US Jewish Groups Seek to Increase LGBT Affiliation (Jerusalem Post / September 11, 2013)
Rainbow Sukkah in Boulder (Boulder Jewish News / August 22, 2013)
Tu B’Av – A Time to Love (My Jewish Learning / July 3, 2013)
Jewish Values Dictate Protecting Gay Marriage (Heritage / July 5, 2013)
For LGBT Orthodox Jews, Growth of Social Media Creates a Safe Space Online (Tablet / June 26, 2013)
All You Need for Pride Weekend (A Wider Bridge / June 7, 2013)
First Fruit of the LGBT Movement (Keshet’s Blog / May 8, 2013)
Oueer Clergy in Action: Rabbi Elliot Kukla (Keshet’s Blog / May 1, 2013)
Charleston JCC’s series for LGBT Youth (Charleston City Paper / April 5, 2013)
LGBT Jews Excited About Kids’ Purim Book With Two Dads (Jewish Press / January 31, 2013)
A Real-Life Purim Superhero (My Jewish Learning / January 11, 2013)
Uncovering Joseph Bones (Keshet’s Blog / December 24, 2012)
Keshet Awarded Nearly $700,000 (The Bay Area Reporter / December 13, 2012)
I Am: Trans People Speak (A Wider Bridge / November 20, 2012)
Jews Must Stand Up for the ‘Other’ (J Weekly / November 15, 2012)
TDOR: A Jewish Dictionary (Keshet / November 15, 2013)
The First Jewish LGBT ‘Equality Index’ (J Weekly / November 14, 2012)
Yom Kippur – A Different Read (My Jewish Learning / September 12, 2012)

Keshet at Boston LGBT Pride 2012



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