The futures our youth deserve.

Keshet Rainbow of Progress


2023 was a painful and difficult year for all of us. When it was too easy to despair, we found hope and inspiration from the voices of our young people.

On this page, Keshet proudly features six testimonial videos by Keshet’s LGBTQ+ and Ally Teen Shabbaton leaders and participants.

THANK YOU for helping Keshet surpass our matching goal of $100,000 in new and increased annual giving in 2023! Your gifts help make it possible for our youth to realize the futures they deserve.

Youth Testimonials

Meet Elliot

Meet Brayden

Meet Rivka

Meet Doran

Meet Amanda

Meet Willow

About the Keshet Matching Challenge

New and increased donations received in 2023 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 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.

Thank You to Our Donors!

Last updated January 19, 2024.

The below donors have generously contributed to Keshet when the challenge was launched during Pride Month 2023, our End-of-Year Appeal, 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.

Debra Abolafia and Nancy Cook

James Abrams and Thomas Chiang

Eric Adelman

Gabriello Adler-Abramo

Ruth Alderson 

Rabbi Jaymee Alpert and Danny Kischel

Loen Amer

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld and Shimon Anisfeld

Eden Anolick

Susan Ansin

Rabbi Victor Appell and Colin Hogan

Jodi Asarch

Sandy and Ron Ashendorf

Debra and Aaron Askanase

Susan Azizo

Paul and Debra Bahner

Laurence Bailen and Jennifer Weber

Jord Barnett

Avram Baskin and Marjorie White Baskin

Robin Baslaw and Susan Smith

Dr. Herbert Baum and Dr. Kathleen Whitmire

Marty Becker and Rabbi Shelley Kovar Becker

The Beker Foundation

Dr. Melanie and Ryan Berg

Carlyn and Michael Bergman

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

Libby Cohen

Congregation Beth Or

Congregation Beth Shalom

Congregation B’nai Shalom, Westborough MA

Congregation Rodeph Sholom

Congregation Emeth

Gali Cooks and Keren Rosenbaum-Cooks

Rabbi Meryl Crean

Sen. Cynthia and Harvey Creem

Paul Croft

Susan Cummings-Lawrence

Howard and Melissa Dakoff

Steven Dale

Michael and Debbie Daniels

Flora and Aryeh Davidson

William Davidson Foundation

Lynn Davis

David and Carole Decter

Rob Dekoven

Marc and Mindy (Sager) Dickler

Jody Dietch

Donna Dimery

Eliana Dobres

Robert and Ellen Dobrusin

Shoshana Dweck

Ariel Edery

Marshall and Deborah Skolnick Einhorn

Vanessa Eisemann and Catherine Whiting

Rabbi Marc Ekstrand

Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell and Nurit Shein

Nini Engel and Neil Actor

Rabbi Susan Falk

David Feltman

Rabbi Zev-Hayyim Feyer

Johanna Fine

Renee and Steven Finn

Becca and Mike Fishbein

Dr. Howard and Jody Fixler

Judith Florence and Bruce Mann

Flemington JCC

Deborah and Jonathan Forman

Corey Fox

Dr. Randy and Robert Fox

Steven Fraade and Ellen Cohen

Dr. Laura Frank and Bob Dromboski

Nancy Frankel and Mary Atwell

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

Edward Gamson

Rabbi Ilana Garber and Adam Berkowitz

Miriam and Dov Gardin

Gillian Geller

Marian Geller and Gina Kamas Choi

Rabbi Myron S. and Eileen Geller

Rabbi Bernard Gerson and Sue Parker Gerson

Amanda Gillespie 

Laura Anne Gilman

Joshua Gilstein

Rob Gips and Karen Harris

Darin Givens

Carson and Joseph Gleberman

Denise Gold

Natalie Goldfein

Stacy and Jeffrey Goldsmith

Jay Goldstein and Marc Matlin

Gittel R. Goodman and Nachman Goodman

Emily Goodstein and Ron Kelly

Allyson Goose

Randy and Nancy Gorod



Jennifer Gorovitz

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

Rabbi David Jaffe and Janette Hillis-Jaffe

Michael Kalb and Brian Heng 

Rabbi Jeremy and Amy Kalmanofsky

Carol and Alan Kamin

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 

Michael Kharfen

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

Marci R and David Laurvik

Rabbi Darby Leigh

Melanie and Hope Levav

Robert Levers and Dr. Peggy Levitt

Sue Levi Elwell and Nurit Shein

Debra Levin

Marjorie Levin

Julie Levy

Yonit Levy

Rabbi Aliza Libman Baronofsky

Jacqueline and Fred Lieberberg

Aliza Lifshitz

Dr. Davia Loren

Barry and Lynne Lotenberg

Mamaleh’s Delicatessen 

Beth Mann 

Sherie Mar-Chaim

Eric Marcus

Rabbi Randall Mark

 Albert and Rabbi Rachel Marks

Susan Marks

Olga Markus 

Sara, Gordon and Gershon Marx

Richard and Elizabeth Mason

Ellen and Stuart Masters

Joshua Matz and Hillel Smith

Robbie Medwed

Prof. Natan Meir and Chanan Van Herpen

Jules and Ruth Mermelstein

Barry Mesch

Myron Miller

Cindy and Tony Monroe

Tamara Moscoe and Eric Petersiel

Laura Moskowitz and Robin Shore

Mount Zion Temple

Beth and Behrooz Nazer

Joan Neal and David Weisbach

Brittany Nehmen

Agnes Neiger and Shu and Shulamis Lieber

Debra Neiman

Barbara and Paul Neustadt

Mark Nimar

Rabbi George Nudell and Liba Casson-Nudell

Okun Kalamazoo Community Jewish School

Kate Passow

David Peck

Dvora and Josh Pemstein

Peninsula Temple Sholom

Cathie and 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

Rabbi Gayle Pomerantz

Rabbi Michael Pont

Vivian Posen 

Kristy Poteat

Rabbi JoHanna Potts

Regene and Dr. Kenneth Prager


Tamar Prager and Dr. Arielle Freedberg

Andrea Presberg and Jackie Miller

Judith Price

Peter A. Rabinowitz

Tom Raffin

Maggid Eli Andrew Ramer

Alexia Ramos 

Ellen Rapkin 

Firkins Reed and Dennis Barr

Arlene Remz

Anthony Reiter

Deborah and Robert Render

Susan and Franklin Richard

Bree and Ed Robin

Dr. Meri-Jane Rochelson and Joel Mintz

Lisa Rogerson

Sarah Rolle

Alison Rollman

Rabbi Yaacov and Nina Rone

Ari Rosen and Elaine Klein 

Navah Rosenblatt

Sam and Terry Roth

Alissa and Danny Rozansky

Rabbi Adrienne Rubin

Dr. Jerryl Lynn Rubin and Mandy Devona

Todd B. Rubin

Francesca Rubinson 

Leland Rudofsky

Rachel Sagaser

Elizabeth Scafidi

Simone Schicker and Keith Eiser 

Karen Schiller

Barbara Schneider

Will Schneider 

Allison Schnipper

Jeffrey Schoenfeld and Matt Holbein

Solvej Schou 

Andrea Schuver

B. Lynne Schwartz

Deborah Schwartz

Fayla Schwartz

Eugene Schweig and Lisa Kanter

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

Mr. and Mrs. Craig Simon

Nina Simon and Robert Rosenthal

Mary Lee and Louie Sirkin

Myrna and Len Sirowitz

Susannah Skyer

Carole Slipowitz and Daniel Halbert

Ben Solomon-Schwartz and David Tessler

Emily and Jay Solomon

Nancy and David Solomon

Paula Sommer

Michael Sonduck and David Zeligson

Martin Sonkin

Tova and Ken Sperber and Ken Sperber, MD

Gilda and Samuel Spinat

Jennifer Spitzer

Ellen Steinbaum and James Dalsimer

Noah, Brett and Shoshi Stern

Nancy and Norman Stoff

Connie and Bob Stolow

Ms. Lisa Stone and Scott Cantor

Nora Stolzman and Sam Trulli

Lisa Stone and Scott Cantor

Rabbi Joshua and Tali Strom

Sheila Sydney

Rabbi Barbara Symons

Mia and Ethan Tavan

Selma Telles

Amanda Tempel

Temple Adas Shalom – The Harford Jewish Center

Temple Beth Torah

Amy Teplow and Mindy Rice

Mitchell Tobin

Roger Tobin and Bonnie Payne

Andrea Trivax

Michael Tronic

Susan Tubbesing

Lisa Joy, Lisa, and Alan Tuttle

Alastor Van Kleeck

Shelley and Dr. Leonard Victor

Karel Visser

Rabbi Andrew Vogel and Martha Hausman

Valerie Wald

Kai Wallace

Leona Wayser 

Philip Webber

Adriana Wechsler

Dana Wechsler Linden and Larry Linden

Penina Weinberg

Gail Weinbrum

Rabbi Jennifer Weiner and Jeffrey Sachs

Sherri Weintrop

Tammy and Robert Weiser

Dr. Daniel and Cheri Weiss

Marcia and Herb Weller

Christopher Wetmore

David Wheaton

Wildflour Vegan Bakery and Cafe

Debra and Richard Winer

Marilyn and Gary Wind

Paul Winkler

Mollie Witenoff

Howard Wolfe

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

Brenna Zonick-Wootten

Henry and Barbara Zoob