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Idit Klein

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Idit Klein until we are able to commission a full entry.

Headshot of Idit Klein. Courtesy of Idit Klein.

As executive director of Keshet, a non-profit dedicated to creating a welcoming and supportive Jewish community for LGBTQ Jews, Idit Klein built the organization into a national leader in making the Jewish community more inclusive. After graduating magna cum laude from Yale University, Klein moved to Israel where she became a community organizer in the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community of Jerusalem. She continued that work upon her return to the States when she began volunteering for Keshet; in 2001, she was hired as the organization’s executive director. Under her leadership, the organization has become the voice of the Jewish community on matters related to the LGBTQ community. In 2001, Klein mobilized the Jewish community in Massachusetts to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Her work has been instrumental in developing a consciousness of LGBTQ issues in the Jewish community, supporting LGBTQ youth, and advocating for legal and social acknowledgement of LGBTQ families. In 2005, Klein was an executive producer of Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School, Keshet’s documentary film. She was a recipient of Jewish Women International’s Women to Watch Award in 2019 and Brandeis University’s Bernard Reisman Award for Professional Excellence in 2022. 

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Idit Klein." (Viewed on September 23, 2023) <>.


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