Idit Klein was four years-old in 1976 when she asked her aunt why she had blue numbers on her arm. Idit was informed that her aunt was taken away by "bad men" because she was Jewish. Fearing that those bad men could walk through the open door, Idit rushed to close it. "I have a very vivid memory of standing in front of the door with the stairwell behind me vowing with all of a four year-old's ferocity that I needed to do whatever I could do to change the world so that there wouldn't be bad men."
That ferocity would fuel the fire behind Idit's commitment to social change. After graduating from Yale University, Idit moved to Israel where she became a community organizer in the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community of Jerusalem.
Returning to the states in the late nineties, Idit put her time into Keshet, a small volunteer-run organization dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive Jewish community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Jews. Determined to expand the organization, Idit worked tirelessly to raise money and organize in the Jewish community. In 2001 Idit was hired to be the executive director. Now, Keshet offers workshops, support groups, social events, and an initiative to advocate for equal rights for same-sex couples. Idit's work in schools and synagogues has been instrumental in developing a consciousness of GLBT issues in the Jewish community both locally and internationally. With a new film and teacher's guide due out this year, Keshet plans to continue outreach across the country.