Giving to Keshet Is an Act of Hope


New and increased gifts, as of December 4

Our youth deserve a better future.

2023 has been a painful and difficult year for all of us, especially since the October 7th attacks on Israel. At such a time when it is easy to despair, we find hope and inspiration from the voices of our young people.

On this page, we proudly feature six testimonial videos by Keshet’s LGBTQ+ and Ally Teen Shabbaton leaders and participants. Your support for Keshet today means that in 2024, we will:

  • Create 2,500+ opportunities for queer Jewish youth to be their full selves,
  • Train leaders serving 3 million people to build communities of belonging, and
  • Mobilize 500+ Jewish organizations to fight for LGBTQ+ rights.

New and increased annual giving can be fully matched up to $100,000. Help us pass our goal by December 31!

Youth Testimonials

Meet Doran, Keshet Youth Leader:

Meet Elliot, Keshet Youth Leader:

Meet Amanda, Keshet Youth Leader:

Meet Brayden, Keshet Shabbaton Participant

Meet Rivka, Keshet Youth Leader

Meet Willow, Keshet Youth Leader:

About the Keshet Matching Challenge

Q: What does my Keshet Matching Challenge gift make possible?

A: New and increased donations through the Keshet Matching Challenge will be used to invest in Keshet’s organizational capacity and will be matched $1-for-$1, up to $100,000. Your gift makes empowers and celebrates queer and trans youth through additional Keshet Shabbaton weekend retreats in 2024. Your donation makes possible Keshet’s expansion in Texas and Arizona to train Jewish institutions how to build communities of belonging and to mobilize for LGBTQ+ rights. Your gift creates spaces by and for LGBTQ+ Jews of Color where they can be their full, fabulous selves! Your contribution strengthens Jewish life across North America. The Keshet Matching Challenge is made possible through OnBoard, a program of a prominent national foundation.

Q: What donations count toward the Keshet Matching Challenge?

A: Total donations that you make to Keshet in 2023 must exceed your 2022 giving to Keshet. The amount of your increased giving counts toward the Keshet Matching Challenge when donating through this special campaign. Help us reach $100,000 by December 31 to access matching funds through the OnBoard program, part of a prominent national foundation.  Note: One-time gifts made in 2022 toward Keshet’s special Dare to Dream campaign are not counted as part of your 2022 total giving baseline.

Q: Where can I find out how much I donated to Keshet’s annual campaign last year?

A: You can use our 2022 annual campaign lookup tool! If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Thank You to Our Donors!

Last updated December 8th.

The below donors have generously contributed to Keshet when the challenge was launched during Pride Month 2023 or directly toward the matching program. Thank you! Donations by individuals listed in bold font are matched through the Keshet Matching Challenge, reflecting 2023 gifts or pledges that exceed 2022 contribution levels.

Rabbi Susan Falk

Debra Abolafia and Nancy Cook

Eric Adelman

Gabriello Adler-Abramo

Ruth Alderson 

Rabbi Jaymee Alpert and Danny Kischel

Loen Amer

Eden Anolick

Susan Ansin

Rabbi Victor Appell and Colin Hogan

Jodi Asarch

Sandy and Ron Ashendorf

Aaron Askanase

Susan Azizo

Paul and Debra Bahner

Laurence Bailen and Jennifer Weber

Jord Barnett

Dr. Herbert Baum and Dr. Kathleen Whitmire

Marty Becker and Rabbi Shelley Kovar Becker

The Beker Foundation

Dr. Melanie and Ryan Berg

Cathy Bernard

Eve Bernfeld 

Beth El Congregation

Beth El Temple Center

Rabbi Adena Blum

Karin and Jerry Blum

Amy Born and Alex Pascal 

Myriam Bostwick

Evie and Peter Bramson

Alan and Joyce Lynn Branfman 

Judith and Arthur Breakstone 

Thea Breite

Alex Brenon-Hodas 

Joel Buchband 

Rabbi Yechiel Buchband

Judy Caplan and James Roberts

Neshama Carlebach and Menachem Creditor

Aimee Close 

Beth Cobert and Adam Cioth

Leslie Cogan

Rabbi Heidi Cohen

Martin and Helen Cohen

Congregation Beth Or

Congregation Beth Shalom

Congregation B’nai Shalom, Westborough MA

Congregation Rodeph Sholom

Congregation Emeth

Sen. Cynthia and Harvey Creem

Susan Cummings-Lawrence

Howard and Melissa Dakoff

Steven Dale

William Davidson Foundation

Lynn Davis

Rob Dekoven

Marc and Mindy (Sager) Dickler

Jody Dietch

Eliana Dobres

Robert and Ellen Dobrusin

Ariel Edery

Rabbi Marc Ekstrand

Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell and Nurit Shein

Nini Engel and Neil Actor

Rabbi Susan Falk

Rabbi Zev-Hayyim Feyer

Renee and Steven Finn

Dr. Howard and Jody Fixler

Flemington JCC

Deborah and Jonathan Forman

Corey Fox

Randy and Robert Fox

Free Synagogue of Flushing

Marion and Stanley Freedman-Gurspan

Marjorie and Leonard Freiman

Melissa and Akiva Friedman

Linda and Michael Frieze

Margaret Frisch Klein and Simon Klein

Howard Fuller and Gregg Orlik

Staci and David Gambach

Beth and John Gamel

Miriam and Dov Gardin

Terry Gedan and Chuck Drago

Gillian Geller

Marian Geller and Gina Kamas Choi

Rabbi Myron S. and Eileen Geller

Rabbi Bernard Gerson and Sue Parker Gerson

Amanda Gillespie 

Rob Gips and Karen Harris

Darin Givens

Carson and Joseph Gleberman

Denise Gold

Stacy and Jeffrey Goldsmith

Jay Goldstein and Marc Matlin

Gittel R. Goodman and Nachman Goodman

Allyson Goose

Randy and Nancy Gorod



Daniel Gottlieb

Tania and Michael Gray

Rabbi Lisa and Shelley Grushcow

Alan and Julie Gubernick

The Gurock Family

Helene Haapala and Connie Martin

Sherry Hahn and James Hill

Kenneth Hailpern

Larry Hanover

Jessica Harrell

Bonnie Hausman

John Hawkins

Megan Henderson

Amyra and Ken Henry

Alec Herberholz

William Herbert and Marvin Glyder

Neal Hoffman and Andrew Ingall

Abby and Jeremiah Holmes

Peyton Holubeck

Jon and Erika Hornstein

Abby Horowitz

Samara Hutman 

Laura and Scott Hyman 

Shirley Idelson

Shira and Ariel Isenberg

Marvin Israelow and Dorian Goldman

Jo and Jon Ivester

Marvin Kabakoff 

Marie-Louise Jackson-Miller

Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund

Michael Kalb and Brian Heng 

Rabbi Jeremy and Amy Kalmanofsky

Rabbi Shalom and Shana Kantor

Eleanor Kaplan

Talia Kaplan

Wendy and Hank Kaplowitz

Ryan Karben 

Rabbi Lawrence Karol

Drs. Judith and William Kates

Michael Katz and family 

Dr. Katherine Kaufmann

Henry and Laurie Kay

Lisa Kershner

Maria and Steven Kessler 

Linda and Brian Kingsbury

Rebecca Kirsch

Idit Klein and Jordan Namerow

Rabbi Myriam Klotz and Rabbi Margot Stein

Charles Koplik and Sue Tafler

Michele Koppelman 

Chananya Kozlovsky 

Dr. Philip Klapper and Elissa Kraut Klapper

Rabbi Jeremy and Raya Kridel

Rabbi Darby Leigh

Melanie and Hope Levav

Robert Levers and Dr. Peggy Levitt

Sue Levi Elwell and Nurit Shein

Marjorie Levin

Julie Levy

Yonit Levy

Rabbi Aliza Libman Baronofsky

Jacqueline and Fred Lieberberg

Aliza Lifshitz

Mamaleh’s Delicatessen 

Beth Mann 

Sherie Mar-Chaim

Rabbi Randall Mark

 Albert and Rachel Marks

Olga Markus 

Sara, Gordon and Gershon Marx

Richard and Elizabeth Mason

Prof. Natan Meir and Chanan Van Herpen

Jules and Ruth Mermelstein

Myron Miller

Cindy and Tony Monroe

Tamara Moscoe and Eric Petersiel

Mount Zion Temple

Beth and Behrooz Nazer

Brittany Nehmen

Agnes Neiger and Shu and Shulamis Lieber

Barbara and Paul Neustadt

Mark Nimar

Rabbi George Nudell and Liba Casson-Nudell

Geri Pell

Dvora and Josh Pemstein

Peninsula Temple Sholom

Gary Perolman

 Paul Peterson

Jen Phillips 

Daniel and Ilene Pincus

Jacob Pinnolis

Rabbi Joel Pitkowsky

Dr. Judith Plaskow and Dr. Martha Ackelsberg

Eric Pliner and Jonathan Bloom

Drs. Irene and Richard Plotzker

Gayle Pomerantz

Vivian Posen 

Kristy Poteat

Rabbi JoHanna Potts

Regene and Dr. Kenneth Prager


 Tamar Prager and Dr. Arielle Freedberg

Andrea Presberg and Jackie Miller

Peter A. Rabinowitz

Tom Raffin

Alexia Ramos 

Ellen Rapkin 

Firkins Reed and Dennis Barr

Arlene Remz

Anthony Reiter

Deborah and Robert Render

Dr. Meri-Jane Rochelson and Joel Mintz

Sarah Rolle

Alison Rollman

Ari Rosen and Elaine Klein 

Navah Rosenblatt

Sam and Terry Roth

Alissa and Danny Rozansky

Rabbi Adrienne Rubin

Todd B. Rubin

Francesca Rubinson 

Leland Rudofsky

Rachel Sagaser

Simone Schicker and Keith Eiser 

Will Schneider 

Jeffrey Schoenfeld and Matt Holbein

Solvej Schou 

B. Lynne Schwartz

Fayla Schwartz

Beverlee Sclar

Donna Segal

Carrie Seligman

Dr. Robin Septon

Lester Shane

Alan Shapiro

Rabbi Daniel Shapiro and Rabbi Max Chaiken 

Amir Shaviv and Beth Brodsky

Dr. Sara and Bennett Shenker

Rabbi Judith Siegal

Jerry and Arleen Silverlieb

Hannah Silverman

Mitchell Silverman

Rabbi Todd Silverman

Nina Simon and Robert Rosenthal

Myrna and Len Sirowitz

Susannah Skyer

Emily and Jay Solomon

Nancy and David Solomon

Michael Sonduck and David Zeligson

Martin Sonkin

Gilda and Samuel Spinat

Noah, Brett and Shoshi Stern

Nancy and Norman Stoff

Connie and Bob Stolow

Nora Stolzman and Sam Trulli

Lisa Stone and Scott Cantor

Rabbi Barbara Symons

Selma Telles

Temple Adas Shalom – The Harford Jewish Center

Temple Beth Torah

Amy Teplow and Mindy Rice

Mitchell Tobin

Michael Tronic

Susan Tubbesing

Lisa Joy, Lisa and Alan Tuttle

Shelley and Dr. Leonard Victor

Kai Wallace

Leona Wayser 

Penina Weinberg

Gail Weinbrum

Rabbi Jennifer Weiner and Jeffrey Sachs

Marcia and Herb Weller

Christopher Wetmore

David Wheaton

Wildflour Vegan Bakery and Cafe

Debra and Richard Winer

Paul Winkler

Mollie Witenoff

Nina Wouk and Jessie Ap’Neva 

Lori-Ann Wynter

Yahelle Yaccoby 

Rabbi Mara and Mark Young

Giselle Youngblood 

Rabbi Barbara Zacky

Daniel and Tamara Zimmerman

Henry and Barbara Zoob

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