Categories for Staff

Idit Klein

Idit is a national leader for social change with more than 30 years of experience in the non-profit justice sector. Since 2001, she has served as the leader of Keshet, the national organization for LGBTQ equality in Jewish life. Idit built Keshet from a local organization with an annual budget…

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Amram Altzman

Amram believes centering the voices and experiences of youth from historically marginalized youth will help lead the way to collective liberation. He’s grateful to do that every day at Keshet, where he works to support and empower LGBTQ+ youth and young adults all over the country through Keshet’s Shabbatonim and…

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Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael

Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael is Keshet’s Director of Education & Training, where he supports organizations across the spectrum of Jewish life to build communities in which LGBTQ+ Jews and our families can thrive. Before Keshet, Micah had the position of Coordinator of Community Chaplaincy with the Jewish Family & Children’s Service…

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Jon Cohen

Jon is a national community builder with a commitment to LGBTQ+ rights. His work organizing diverse communities through an intersectional Jewish lens is inspired by the wisdom and experiences he has gained as a Gay, Mexican, Jew. As Keshet’s Director of Community Mobilization, Jon has mobilized Jewish institutions in all…

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Lanie Cohen

  Lanie is a strategic thinker, experienced advocate, and feminist killjoy who lives life with a deep commitment to tikkun olam. She brings her passion for community-building and intersectional analysis to her role as Community Mobilization Manager. Lanie believes that having hope for a better world is a revolutionary act…

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Zane Diamond

Zane brings a passion for Jewish life and LGBTQ+ equality and a penchant for logistics to the role of Keshet’s Executive Assistant. Zane’s love for Judaism, LGBTQ community, and the confluence of the two can be traced back to Zane’s experience participating in Keshet’s Shabbatonim for LGBTQ and ally Jewish…

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Suzanne Feinspan

Suzanne brings her background in coaching, facilitation, advocacy, and Jewish communal life to her job as Keshet’s Deputy CEO. Prior to joining Keshet, Suzanne worked with Avodah, running their DC Service corps, and in various national programmatic and management roles, including Deputy Director and Acting Executive Director. She also worked…

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Sarah Gill

Sarah has been a Jewish Educator, Public School Teacher, Environmental Educator, Outreach Director, and now, for more than a decade, Salesforce Administrator for nonprofits.  After these many years helping folks understand and be less overwhelmed-by their data and systems, but then leaving them after a year or so, she is thrilled…

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Sawyer Goldsmith

Sawyer is a queer and trans, neurodivergent Jew with a passion for all things queer and Jewish, and anything in between. Being involved with Keshet since 2017, Sawyer is thrilled to join the staff as the Youth Programs Associate. Since being a teen leader for Keshet’s Shabbatonim themself, Sawyer is…

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Jon Grabelle Herrmann

Jon welcomes you to make a donation to Keshet. He has been a fundraiser, nonprofit executive, and repeat entrepreneur for over 20 years. In past roles at Volunteers of Legal Service, USA250, Pre-K for PA, J Street, and as the founder of Campus Philly, Jon has raised over $25M from…

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Keshet was a game-changer for our camp! We now have crystal clear understanding of LGBTQ terminology and the confidence to use it. Our counselors are much more intentional about the language they use to express the gender diversity among our campers. Thanks to Keshet, our campers and their families know that they will be fully embraced for who they are.

Sheryl Kirschenbaum, Director of Surprise Lake Camp