Thursday, October 18, 2012 | return to: news & features, local


LGBT stalwart Keshet gets $540,000 from S.F. federation

Follow j. on   and 

Keshet, the nation’s largest organization working for LGBT inclusion in Jewish life, has been awarded a $540,000 grant from the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

The three-year grant, an– nounced last week, is a targeted gift for Keshet expansion in the Bay Area and will support community-building, engagement and new programming.

Keshet was founded in 1996. Its national office is in Boston, but it is ramping up its Bay Area office, which opened in June 2011 and is housed at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco. Dr. David Robinson is the new regional director, and a community organizer and office manager soon will be hired.

Jennifer Gorovitz
Jennifer Gorovitz
“Keshet is the right partner for JCF,” said Jennifer Gorovitz, the federation’s CEO. “This grant reflects the vision of the JCF board of trustees and one of the major goals of the Bay Area Initiatives Fund, namely to reduce barriers and increase access to Jewish life for all of the Bay Area’s diverse Jewish community.”

Gorovitz said Keshet’s work in the Bay Area fits with the priorities of the federation’s LGBT Alliance: developing a broader array of programming and opportunities for engagement in Jewish life for Bay Area LGBT Jews.

“This partnership with Keshet is a natural evolution of the work of the LGBT Alliance, and provides a stronger platform with greater resources for achieving our goals,” said Arthur Slepian, lay chair of the LGBT Alliance.

Idit Klein
Idit Klein
According to a 2010 LGBT Alliance study, an estimated 36,000 self-identified LGBT Jews live in the greater Bay Area.

“The Bay Area has some of most vibrant and dynamic LGBTQ Jewish life in the country,” said Idit Klein, founding executive director of Keshet. “By expanding our presence in the Bay Area, Keshet hopes to tap into the exciting energy for change and growth that we are seeing at this time nationwide, as well as in the Bay Area.”

With the grant, Keshet plans to offer social and cultural programs for Bay Area LGBT Jews by working in partnership with local organizations ; provide professional development training, technical assistance and capacity-building support around LGBT inclusion to staff and community leaders at day schools, synagogues, youth movements, summer camps and other Bay Area Jewish institutions; and offer leadership development opportunities for LGBT Jews in the Bay Area.

To celebrate the new partnership, the federation and Keshet will host a Chanukah party on Dec. 13 at the JCC of San Francisco. The event will be free and open to the community. To learn more, visit —  j. staff


Posted by craven_maven
10/19/2012  at  10:49 AM
Aid should be proportional to the need

Gallup study: 3.4 percent of US adults are LGBT
Thursday - 10/18/2012, 2:48pm ET

AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - A new Gallup survey, touted as the largest of its kind, estimates that 3.4 percent of American adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The findings, released Thursday, were based on interviews with more than 121,000 people. Gallup said it is the largest study ever aimed at calculating the nation’s LGBT population.

Login to reply to this comment or post your own
Posted by craven_maven
10/21/2012  at  07:18 PM

This is why Jews part with hard-earned cash and give it to the Federation, to promote homosexuality? I don’t think so.

This is the reason I quit the Federation board and discontinued delivery of the Northern California Jewish Bulletin. This is why I disaffiliated.

And still Federation blood suckers call and call and call at dinner time, even though I explained to them that their principles and values were rot to me.

When will Bay Area Jews grow balls?

Charity money should go to those in need, to those suffering, and to preserve Jewish identity, to Israel, not to an affluent, over-represented interest group with too much power and influence.

This is decadence, the dominance of ideology and favoritism over compassion, pity and reality.

Login to reply to this comment or post your own

Leave a Comment

In order to post a comment, you must first log in.
Are you looking for user registration? Or have you forgotten your password?

Auto-login on future visits