Pride is Protest, Community, Joy
Pride Month $100K Challenge

David + Marc Matching Challenge

David Passer z”l and Marc Maxwell, Keshet Board Member

David never missed an opportunity to show people who he was and why he deserved full equality. He embodied pride.

Your gift to Keshet this Pride Month makes all the difference for our young people and our entire community.

Every extra dollar you donate to Keshet above last year’s giving level will be fully matched through the generosity of the Maxwell Sedel Family Foundation — up to $100,000. And as of June 17, we’re up to $37,000!

Learn David + Marc’s Inspiring Story

Keshet Board member Marc Maxwell met David Passer, the love of his life, during high school at a Jewish youth group convention. After they came out, they felt very drawn to gay liberation work. David never missed a Cincinnati — and then Boston — Pride march.

But they knew that to be their whole selves, they needed to be part of both the gay and Jewish communities. Acceptance was not the goal, full belonging was. In the 1980s, they became their synagogue’s first openly gay household.

Shortly before he passed away, David told us that he wanted to raise $1 million for Keshet as his legacy, so that every LGBTQ+ Jew would have the community, family support, and civil rights that he and Marc fought for. 

Zichrono l’bracha, may David’s memory be for a blessing.

About the David+ Marc Matching Challenge

Learn how your Matching Challenge gift makes so much possible.

The David + Marc Matching Challenge is Keshet’s national Pride Month initiative to motivate increased giving to expand Keshet’s impact. Double the value of your gift! All new and increased gifts above your prior-year giving level will be matched $1-for-$1 up to $100K by a generous grant from the Maxwell Sedel Family Foundation in 2024 and 2025. The Challenge is inspired by the story of David and Marc’s loving relationship, their commitment to Jewish community and LGBTQ+ belonging, and their leadership to build a better world. In short, it is inspired by their pride. Donations make it possible for Keshet to expand our advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights during the critical 2024 election year, to expand Keshet teen Shabbaton retreats across the country, to offer new opportunities for LGBTQ+ Jews of Color to build community, and to make sure that all Jewish organizations are building communities of LGBTQ+ belonging. Donors are recognized in Keshet’s Annual Report and in a special listing on the David + Marc Matching Challenge online donor wall. Everyone is encouraged to donate to Keshet for Pride.

Find out what donations count toward the Matching Challenge.

Every dollar you donate in 2024 above and beyond your 2023 annual giving to Keshet will count toward the match. Help us reach $100,000 by June 30th to access matching funds from the Maxwell Sedel Family Foundation; Marc Maxwell, Trustee. 

Find out how much you donated to Keshet last year.

You can use our 2023 annual campaign lookup tool! If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Learn about the David Passer Legacy Fund.

The David Passer Legacy Fund is a separate, unique giving opportunity in David Passer’s memory to support Keshet’s work for a world where LGBTQ+ Jewish youth are fully seen and embraced. Click here to learn more.

Thank you to our donors!

Last updated June 17th.

The below donors have generously contributed to Keshet since June 1 during Pride month. Thank you! Donations by individuals listed in bold font are matched through the David + Marc Matching Challenge, reflecting 2024 gifts or pledges that exceed 2023 contribution levels.

If you have any questions about your gift or listing, please email [email protected].

Ira Alkalay and Mindy Scharlin

Alma Surrogacy

Rabbi Ruth Alpers

Loen Amer

Natalie Arkus

Dr. Herbert Baum and Dr. Kathleen Whitmire

Nancy and Dr. Mark Belsky

Judith and Arthur Breakstone

Kerala and Christopher Brown

Jadwiga E and Donald Brown

Jeffrey and Andy Burstein

Dr. Alex Coleman

Michael Costantino

Stanley and Brenda Daniels

Remi and Michael Dansinger

Robert Dekoven

Ariel Dinero

Prof. Sharon and David Djaha

Eliana Dobres

Rabbi Billy and Ellen Dreskin

Dr. David Eisenberg and Rabbi Elaine Zecher

Rabbi Marc Ekstrand

Judy and Rabbi Josh Elkin

Richard and Sabina Feczko

Jacqueline and Valerie Fein-Zachary

Fred Felder

Lauren Fine and Jeremiah Rosen

Becca and Mike Fishbein

Dr. Randy and Robert Fox

Suzi and Lenny Fuld

David Gardner

Fran Glushakow

Rabbi Boaz Heilman and Rabbi Sally Finestone

 

Jonathan Hertz

Cynthia Hinson

Abby and Jeremiah Holmes

Jackson Holtz and Jeremy Moser

Marie-Louise Jackson-Miller

Naomi Jacobs

Carrie and Mitchell Jacoves

The JCDS Student Led Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Club

Jill Jones

Marvin Kabakoff

Saffron Kaplan

Henry and Laurie Kay

Daniel Kertzner

Rabbi Rabbi Beth Klafter

Naomi Klayman

Susan Landau-Van Dyke

Sally and Joe Lang

Andy and Meredith Lesser-Gonzalez

Barry Levy

Aliza Lifshitz

Arthur and Judy Lipton

Dr. Davia Loren

Barry and Lynne Lotenberg

Howard Mallen

Elizabeth and Richard Mason

Rev. Cheryl Mason-Middleton and Linda Mason

Linda Maurice

Marjorie and Bret Maxwell

Dr. Kenneth Mayer

Carol Michael

Myron Miller

Joel Newton

Mark Nimar

North Star Financial Services 

Jane Oderberg

Linda Okun

Shaun and Michele Orcinolo

Dr. Alice Passer and Rabbi Barry Krieger

Pat Passer

Joan Rachlin

Janet Raffel and Rabbi David Sandmel

Paula Rayman

Ari and Shira Reeves

Jane Rogers

Louis and Lane Rosner

Lori Rosner

Allen H Roth Family Foundation

Emily Scheinberg

Joyce Schriebman

Ralph Seligman

Lester Shane

Jonathan and Rabbi David Shmidt Chapman

Jodie Siegel

Louis and Abby Singer

Beverly and David Spencer

Abbie Statsky-Frank and Scott Frank

Connie and Bob Stolow

Lisa Stone and Scott Cantor

Temple Israel of Boston (Boston, MA)

Temple Shir Tikvah Torah Study

Temple Sinai of Roslyn Social Action Fund

Jeffrey Weener

JRobin Whitley

M Jeremy Yamin