Idit Klein has served as Executive Director of Keshet since 2001. During this time, Klein has built Keshet from a one-person, local organization with an annual budget of $35K to a 14-person, national organization with an annual budget of over one million. Under her leadership, Keshet developed a comprehensive training curriculum for LGBT inclusion and has reached over 20,000 Jewish educators. In Massachusetts, Klein helped mobilize Massachusetts rabbis and synagogue members to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Klein was among eight recipients of the 2003-2005 Joshua Venture Fellowship for young Jewish social entrepreneurs. A past fellow of JOIN for Justice and a current board member, Klein was honored by the Jewish Women’s Archive with a Women Who Dared award.
Klein says she “loves that Tivnu brings together political analysis, service work, and Jewish learning — this kind of whole picture engagement can make a powerful impact.”
Tivnu: Building Justice is optimistic that our 2020 - 21 Gap Year program will continue as planned, beginning on September 1. We are still accepting applicants, as space permits. Our staff is working remotely but with great excitement as we prepare for internships, learning, living, and enjoying the Pacific Northwest together. We will be implementing whatever modifications are needed to keep ourselves and the people we work with safe and healthy. Now, more than ever, we need to get to work, building a better world.