This year, Keshet is choosing to make our #GivingTuesday a #GivingThanksTuesday, a day to express our gratitude to our supporters. Now, more than ever, your commitment and support make a critical difference. Thank you for standing with us and standing for LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life.
We are glad to offer short profiles of four of our generous donors.
Tamar Prager and Arielle Freedberg Prager are the mothers of two boys, Hanan and Josiah. They live in a Connecticut suburb and spend many hours outdoors playing and exploring with their sons. Tamar works part-time as a nurse practitioner providing care to patients in their homes, and Arielle works as a psychologist, practicing cognitive behavior therapy for adults. They’re also musicians (when they have the time), and still love blending their instruments and voices. Tamar and Arielle deeply value working towards healthy communities. They work to instill in their sons the values of showing kindness and respect to every person.
It was initially through the work of their parents that they became involved with Keshet. Tamar’s parents had organized showings of the Keshet produced documentary film, Hineini, in New Jersey for members of their community. Arielle’s parents were working with Keshet in Connecticut to mobilize their local Jewish federation to create LGBTQ-inclusive programming. Tamar and Arielle saw the need for this work, and the “focus and purpose with which Keshet operated.”
Through their involvement in these events, supporting Keshet was a logical step they wanted to take. Their first gift was made with an honorarium that Arielle was given for a speaking engagement about fostering LGBTQ inclusivity in her parents’ Jewish community.
They continue to donate because “Keshet works to build respect between people, which we feel is paramount to a healthy and just world. Teaching individuals and communities about the need for LGBTQ inclusivity is one aspect of that greater picture that is critical to our family’s health. Supporting all of the ways in which Keshet promotes dialogue and understanding is an absolute necessity.”
Tamar and Arielle are grateful for the health of their beloved family members and the nurturing friendships that endure in their lives.