Location: Jamaica Plain, MA

Category: Advocacy or Public Service

Idit Klein

Executive Director

Keshet, which means “rainbow” in Hebrew, seeks “full equality and inclusion” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews within Jewish communities and in all aspects of Jewish life. Founded in 1996, Keshet offers resources and trainings for Jewish leaders to create communities that are welcoming to LGBT Jews. Keshet also offers programming and support for LGBT Jews of all ages, including mentoring and shabbatons. The group also organizes Jewish support for LGBT rights in American society. Keshet is headquartered in Boston and oversees offices in Colorado and the Bay Area, and has worked with Jewish organizations across America.

Idit Klein has served as the executive director of Keshet since 2001 and has greatly expanded its reach. She previously worked for a variety of social justice organizations in Israel, including SHATIL and the Israel/Palestine Center for Research & Information, and helped establish the Jerusalem Open House. Klein is a former fellow and current board member of JOIN for Justice, the Jewish community organizing group. Klein received a bachelor’s from Yale University and a master’s in education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Institution Total Expenses: $1,438,9513

Employees: 123

Salary: $119,000

Underpaid by: 39%


Institution Total Expenses: $1,438,951

Employees: 12

Salary: $71,483

  • 1Interim head of organization
  • 2Data from 2012
  • 3Data from 2011
  • 4Data from 2010
  • 5Data from 2009
  • 6Data from 2008
  • 7Data from 2007
  • 8Includes payment from SWC Museum Corp.
  • 9Predecessor's salary
  • 10Partial year
  • 11Not a 501(c)3
  • 12Annualized
  • 13Position currently vacant
  • 14As per Form 990, JNF declined to comment
  • 15Base salary
  • 16Data from president-elect period
  • 172010 Employees
  • 18Legally exempt from public disclosure of salary
  • 19Highest paid professional, not CEO
  • 20Paid from two related organizations
  • 21Data from 2013
  • 22Data from 2014
  • 23Data from 2015
  • 24Includes a one-time honorarium of $55,000
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