In 2005, Keshet entered the national arena by producing “Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School,” a one-hour documentary film that chronicles the story of one girl’s fight to establish a gay-straight alliance at her Jewish high school, the first in the country.
On the heels of the film’s premiere, Keshet developed educational resources and trainings for Jewish educators in how to combat homophobia and promote safe, inclusive and celebratory communities for LGBT youth, staff and families.
With community organizing as a foundation, Keshet built a base of activists and leaders.
We organized social events, such as LGBT Jewish speed-dating, and mobilized Jewish community support for marriage equality and transgender rights in Massachusetts.
Not too long ago, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews were largely invisible in American Jewish life.
Marriage equality wasn’t on anyone’s radar — certainly not on the radar of most synagogues and Jewish organizations — and there was not a single gay-straight alliance at a Jewish high school.
Many LGBT Jews felt they needed to hide a primary part of themselves in order to remain involved in their Jewish communities.
Other queer Jews left their Jewish communities altogether and never returned.