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Dan Reiser

Dan carries with him his experience in activism for racial justice, labor rights, Jewish solidarity work, and housing justice organizing to his position as Data Solutions Manager at Keshet. He feels most fulfilled when he can freely inhabit the intersection between queerness and Judaism, and he has a long-term goal of pursuing a career with this…

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Christina Richards

Christina comes to Keshet from the worlds of education and publishing. Whether it was classroom teaching, editing textbooks, or educational consulting, she has always approached her work through a lens of equity, inclusion, and belonging and is now eager to lean into Keshet’s commitment to LGBTQ equality in Jewish life.…

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Rakhel Silverman

Rakhel (pronounced ruh-ḣel) is a proud fat trans Disabled Jew who is passionate about social justice and radical inclusion. Rakhel double majored in Religious Studies and Sociology at Bryn Mawr College. While there, they worked for several nonprofits. They were trained in community organizing through the Religious Action Center’s Machon…

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Jay Smith

Jay is an artist, program manager, and clinician with a passion for creative learning and storytelling. Prior to joining Keshet, Jay worked in the mental health field as a clinical social worker, most recently as the Director of Community Services at the Brookline Center for Community Mental Health where they…

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Emily Solomon

Emily brings more than 25 years of nonprofit experience to her role at Keshet. From serving as a consultant to a diverse array of organizations to holding leadership positions at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the Center for Collaborative Education, Emily has developed…

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EJ Tench

EJ brings their background of operational efficiency, love for academic research, and passion for social equity to Keshet as the Education Program Associate. Starting their professional journey as both a martial arts instructor and natural museum educator, EJ guided students through stages of learning and emphasized a commitment to enriching…

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Issac Young

Issac is a Midwestern gamer who spends a lot of time thinking about queer characters in media. He spent a lot of his time during high school in Indiana doing youth advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights and for LGBTQ+ youth’s rights in schools. Since then, that passion has not gone anywhere and…

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I felt the largest connection to Judaism I have ever experienced and my hatred for myself transformed into an overwhelming sense of pride. That weekend changed my life for the better.

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