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Natasha Kehimkar
Founder, ZEST People and Talent Services


Natasha comes from a family of Bene Israel Jews. Growing up in Toronto, she had an Ashkenazi Jewish day school and synagogue experience, along with a unique Indian Jewish homme and festival experience. She credits her parents and grandparents for instilling great pride in her heritage by sharing their personal stories and the remarkeable history of the Bene Israel community. Still, finding her place in the broader Jewish community was a journey. She and her husband were fortunate to find a warm and welcoming community in New Jersey, where she became active in synagogue life and a member of the Board of Trustees at her temple. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, she and her family were captivated by the wonderful clergy and warm community at Peninsula Temple Beth El, where she recently joined the Board of Trustees.

Natasha has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and a Master's in Human Resources. She brings global HR, Talent, and Organization Effectiveness experience in both established and entrepreneurial companies and is the Founder of ZEST People and Talent Advisors. She helps her clients connect strategy and people to scale organizations, enable teams, and grow leaders.

Natasha's exploration of the evolving Jewish community continues as she blends her professional expertise and personal experiences to explore multiple facets that make up identity and the path to inclusion.

Speaking Topics:

Diversity & Inclusion
Bene Israel history
Individual identity & uniting with community
Interfaith families/extended families
International adoption​