UK Jewish communities have a proud tradition of investing in organisations enabling young people and young adults to explore identity and community through peer led informal education. KeshetUK works with these organisations to support young leaders to create spaces where the needs of LGBT+ young people are met so they can feel valued and respected.
What we offer youth and young adult organisations
- Pre-camp training on sessions including, but not limited to: being an effective ally, creating brave spaces and tackling bystander behaviour (those who witness an event/action but do not act)
- LGBT+ inclusion training
- Context specific leadership training
- Other learning activities with the Jewish youth movements, synagogue youth groups, young adult groups and the Union of Jewish Students (UJS).
- Meeting with individuals such as rabbis, staff - in confidence where necessary - to increase their understanding of what including Jewish LGBT+ people and their families could look like
Our recent work
KeshetUK delivered training for youth leaders (madrichimot) at at each movement's camp venue to approximately 200 people, at five sites in England and Wales. These sessions looked at LGBT+ inclusive programming, being an effective ally, the timeline of Jewish LGBT+ activism and tackling bystander behaviour. And during Covid-19 we created a guide on “Supporting Jewish LGBT+ young people online during Covid-19" please click here”.
Bespoke programming including
Working with KeshetUK was an absolutely amazing opportunity. A staff member from KeshetUK travelled all the way to Norwich from London to provide a talk at our “Prideday night dinner”, a celebration of pride month by UEA Jewish Society. It was a lovely evening and the talk taught us how to be better allies with the LGBT+ community.
Jasmine San, University of East Anglia Jewish Society (2023)
Working with KeshetUK this year was very useful and important for our leaders training. The KeshetUK team worked closely with us to understand the needs of our movement and delivered the important LGBTQ training in a sensitive, probational and engaging way. FZY is looking forward to working with you and learning from you more about LGTBQ. Thank you for the wonderful and vital work you do in the community.
Anna Shapira, FZY, Central Shlicha (2020)
LJY-Netzer is so proud to work with KeshetUK, who provide such vital education and support to the Jewish community in understanding and highlighting LGBTQIA+ issues. This year KeshetUK provided training to our members about how to be an effective Ally which was really well received. KeshetUK have been understanding of LJY-Netzer's specific needs when developing sessions, working together to tailor them to be the best fit for our movement
Rosa Slater, LJY (2020)
Being able to work with an organisation such as KeshetUK has enabled us to expand topics offered during our MIKE Youth Leadership Course. The sessions they run are well planned, thought out and executed in a way that we would personally not be able to do with the topic. Young people fully engage with the sessions and the leaders of them and are not afraid to ask questions or be part of a discussion.
The work KeshetUK do is vital to our young people; whether they are part of the LGBTQ+ community or not, it enables them to understand and support others through the knowledge they gain from the KeshetUK team and the personal experiences they hear about.
KeshetUK is a key organisation and I hope our work with them continues for many years to come.
Emma Sennit, Youth & Family Coordinator, Redbridge JCC (2020)