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The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

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Idit Klein

 Lesléa Newman Author Photo

Idit Klein is President and CEO of Keshet, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a welcoming and supportive Jewish community for LGBTQ Jews. After grading from Yale University, Klein moved to Israel, where she began a community organizer in the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community. She began volunteering for Keshet when she returned to the United Sates and was hired as the organization’s Executive Director in 2001. Her work has been instrumental in developing a consciousness of LGBTQ issues in the Jewish community.

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Lesléa Newman

Lesbian feminist writer Lesléa Newman made history in 1989 with her controversial children’s book, Heather Has Two Mommies. Inspired by Newman’s friend, a lesbian mother who complained that there were no children’s books with families that looked like hers, the book sparked national controversy. Newman has written countless books for children, adolescents, and adults on homosexuality, Jewish identity, eating disorders, and AIDS.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Idit Klein." (Viewed on April 1, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/klein-idit>.


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