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The Darrell Friedman Institute, together with The Center for Leadership, is proud to partner with Keshet to bring this program to the Baltimore Jewish community.


The Leadership Project is a cohort-based, institutional change process focused on inclusion and celebration of all individuals in our communities, especially our youth, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. The Keshet Leadership Project is a multi-service program that will gather, train, provide resources for, and support a cohort of Jewish institutions in order to assist them in becoming more inclusive of LGBTQ individuals.

In over a decade of training and supporting Jewish instructions toward greater inclusion, Keshet has found that a single training alone does not result in lasting change. Thus, the Keshet Leadership Project consists of 4 phases: assessment, learning, planning for action, and follow-up. Each of these phases is critical for achieving impact.


  • Registration will open September 2019. Organizations will register in September, participants will register in November.
  • The program will kick off with a day-long Summit, an intensive training and action-planning program in your community.
    The Keshet Leadership Summit in Baltimore is scheduled for December 5th, 2019, in the Park Heights JCC community room.
  • Each participating organization will receive individualized coaching from an experienced Jewish Inclusion Coach on a regular basis over the course of the following 12 months. (December 2019 -December 2020)


Your Baltimore community organization will receive tools, training and coaching designed to enable the development of a more inclusive community. These supports include, but are not limited to:

  • An intensive day-long training on December 5, 2019, The Leadership Project Kick-Off Summit, at the start of the program.
  • One year of coaching in developing and implementation of an action plan for making concrete changes in your organization’s programming, policy, and organizational culture.
  • Resources and tools for inclusion from Keshet.
  • A higher profile in your community, as well as nationally, that will lead to new and more deeply engaged members.


  • Enter the program committed to embarking on a six-month period of taking concrete, realistic steps toward a more LGBTQ-inclusive community.
  • Complete a pre-Summit Coaching session and complete an Institutional Self-Assessment.
  • Send a team of 2-4 people, including at least one top level leader to participate in the day-long Leadership Summit.
  • As part of the day-long training, work with your team to complete an Action Plan for making concrete, realistic change for greater LGBTQ inclusion over the course of the next 12 months.
  • Appoint a Team Liaison to meet with your Coach up to 6 times over 12 months.
  • Time required for fulfillment of Action Plan will vary depending on the nature of the Action Plan strategies selected. We estimate that a team will need to spend up to 10 hours per month to enact meaningful changes. This time estimation is entirely dependent on the scope of your organization’s chosen project.
  • This program is generously subsidized by Keshet: a nominal fee of $180 from each organization is required. This cost covers the full day summit, support from Keshet for 1 year, and 6 hours of formal coaching.
  • We strongly encourage participating institutions to create an ongoing Inclusion Task Force to guide this work.

If your organization is interested in finding out more information, or would like to participate in this initiative, please contact Aviva Cohen at

The Neely Tal Snyder JPride Seed Grant is available to applicants from the Greater Baltimore Jewish Community in order to further JPride’s mission of creating safe spaces and equality for LGBTQ individuals and their families within the Jewish community through support, education and advocacy. 

Your organization’s Keshet Leadership Project may be eligible!
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