Starting today (August 14, 2017), I’ll be donating a portion of sales to the organization Keshet.
Here’s the how:
- 10% of net sales will be donated.
- Donations will be made after every $100 in net sales (“net sales” meaning “excluding shipping paid”).
- This is not a limited time promotion; it will continue for the foreseeable future.
- I’m exploring adding a “round up for charity” or similar option to the check-out page, but it’s not there yet.
- I will keep a tracker on the front page of how much has been donated (and anyone wishing to see receipts is welcome to email me).
Keshet is an organization based in Boston, MA (where I live), with with presences in other states, that works for LGBTQ acceptance in Jewish communities and for LGBTQ Jewish people more broadly in the U.S. They provide education and resources like many activist organizations, but also have teen-led retreats for LGBTQ Jewish youth:
The Jewish LGBTQ Teen Organizing Project creates safe and welcoming opportunities for Jewish LGBTQ and ally teens to come together and be their full selves, develops the leadership skills of LGBTQ and ally teens to organize their peers, and inspires LGBTQ and ally teens to work for change in their home communities.
Legal activism and educational outreach are absolutely important to creating change, but just as vital are spaces where the most marginalized or vulnerable can feel safe and create community, especially during times of crises.
Now, I’m not Jewish, but there’s still a reason I chose this organization, and it goes beyond a single demonstration by a bunch of neo-Nazis in Virginia.
- For years, the majority of religion-motivated hate crimes in the U.S. have been anti-Jewish hate crimes.
- But compared to last year, anti-Semitic incidents have increased by over 80%.
- Just this summer, women carrying pride flags with the star of David were told to either toss their flags or leave Chicago Dyke March.
What happened in Charlottesville is, hopefully, a wake-up call to many people. But those stats up there also most likely include people who would not have shown up at that rally. This is not an isolated problem, it’s existed for a long time, and that’s why I have chosen a national LGBTQ Jewish organization rather than a local Charlottesville one.
Thanks for your support! 🙂