Our Board of Directors provides Keshet with the direction and forward momentum needed to not only grow our services but also our impact and connection to our community. Many board members have been with us from the very beginning, while many are new voices, helping us navigate the decisions needed to continue our growth now and in the future. Keshet’s board is unique with at least 51% of directors being families members of people with disabilities.Become a Volunteer
Michelle Friedman, Chair
Gil Bathgate, Vice Chair
Steven Insoft, Treasurer
Barbara Kent, Secretary
Estella Levin, Board Liaison
Chaya Tova Hartman
At Keshet, we are fortunate to have such a dedicated, caring and wide-reaching community. We recognize the following Honorary Trustees for their tremendous service to Keshet. Keshet awards this honorific to people for their years of leadership and/or role in founding of Keshet.
Robert & Debra Hartman
Mark & Micki z”l Iris
Dr. Sandy & Glenda Mason
Milton & Laurie Wakschlag
In the spirit of constant evolution and growth, Keshet is excited to announce two new volunteer leadership councils. Becoming a member of these groups provides you with an insider’s view into Keshet, non-profits and our community. You’ll find many opportunities for hands-on leadership, social networking and sharing your passion for inclusion. Both councils are currently accepting new members.
At Keshet, we have made a commitment to create a community of belonging where people of all abilities learn, play, work, live, and grow together. The Leadership Council is a team of volunteer professionals who drive that commitment via targeted fundraising and advocacy efforts to support one specific area of Keshet’s budget annually.
This targeted fundraising focus is determined by the council in partnership with Keshet’s leadership team in May of each calendar year, followed by a strategy meeting where the council will formalize plans to meet (and exceed) the goal.
The Next Generation Council is a team of recent college graduates and professionals who are committed to promoting Keshet’s mission and growing the organization’s impact. Through a series of social and outreach events, the council aims to engage the next generation of Keshet supporters, advocates and friends.
The inaugural council will be led by two co-chairs who will work to develop the council’s leadership team. Next Generation Council members are asked to make a minimum of a one-year commitment to the council.
As the new year approaches and I reflect on Keshet’s mission, I know without a shadow of a doubt that we will get there—all communal spaces will be inclusive and welcoming to people with disabilities.
Almost fifty years after her first time going to overnight camp, Michelle is now experiencing what camps are like when they partner with Keshet. She’s finding more than just inclusion; it is true belonging.