Together, we can help Jewish youth thrive

Engaging Jewish youth since 2005

Moving Traditions emboldens Jewish youth to thrive through the pursuit of personal wellbeing (shleimut), caring relationships (hesed), and a Jewish and feminist vision of equity and justice (tzedek). Combining positive psychology with Jewish values, we partner with Jewish institutions across North America to engage Jewish teens, families, and communities.

What We Do

Moving Traditions’ innovative programs provide safe spaces for youth to connect and grow, providing a circle of support for Jewish teens of all genders and identities.

B-Mitzvah

A framework for preteen family education, for 5th-7th graders and their parents to explore what it means to become and a parent a teen

Teen Groups

Transformative communities where youth explore who they are through Jewish and gender lenses, together with a trained mentor using a dynamic curriculum

Kulam

Designed for educators to use in Hebrew High School settings, a curriculum that helps teens of all genders engage together in dynamic and authentic conversations

Kol Koleinu

A fellowship for 10th-12th grade teens of all genders to gain confidence, build community, and develop agency as Jewish feminist changemakers

Kumi

A new opportunity for Jewish teens to prepare for bold leadership and activism on college campuses, in social justice spaces, and wherever else their passions take them.

CultureShift

Training for staff who work with Jewish youth at camp and elsewhere about how to navigate gender, healthy boundaries, and more

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Learn more about us

Find out what drives Moving Traditions through our mission, vision, values, and approach

Upcoming Events

Join us for parent webinars, educator trainings, and other opportunities to learn and build community.

Antisemitism & Teen Wellbeing

Raising Up Teens with Moving Traditions - a webinar for parents and educators Antisemitism – its rise in prevalence and heightened anxiety around how it impacts the Jewish community – is keeping many of us up at night. When it comes to how it affects our teens, we may not know what to do or say, or even how to start the conversation. Join Moving Traditions for an opportunity to look at antisemitism through the lens of supporting teens in the ways they need it most: personal wellbeing (shleimut), caring relationships (hesed), and a Jewish and feminist vision of equity…

Jagged Little Pill Chicago

Chicago Sinai Congregation 15 W Delaware Pl, Chicago, Illinois

Moving Traditions is thrilled to announce a day of theatre and discussion at one of the most anticipated shows of the season — Jagged Little Pill! Inspired by the powerful themes and emotions of Alanis Morissette’s Grammy Award-winning album, Jagged Little Pill is a “big hearted musical that breaks the mold” and hailed as “the most woke musical since Hair” (The New York Times). We will begin at 11:30 a.m. CT with a pre-show lunch and workshop, “Don’t Be Alarmed if I Fall,” which will focus on helping teens to maintain balance in a world of achievement culture and other…

Moving Traditions Chai Benefit

Honoring Tami Astorino Since its founding 18 years ago, Moving Traditions has emboldened more than 31,500 Jewish teens through impact-focused programs at the intersection of Judaism, wellbeing, and gender. Join us to celebrate our “Chai” anniversary and Tami Astorino’s unparalleled passion and commitment to the work of Moving Traditions as, together, we help Jewish youth thrive. More information to follow. Tami has been a central part of Moving Traditions since the very beginning. She facilitated three Rosh Hodesh groups – monthly gatherings with middle school and high school girls. Tami’s “girls,” who are now young adults still talk about the indelible…

Latest News & Insights

  • 2023 Benefit Committee

    As Moving Traditions celebrates its 18th year, we are thrilled to share that Tami Astorino will be Moving Traditions’ 2023 Chai Benefit honoree on Thursday, April 27, from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Merion …

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  • Why Kumi? Why now?
    Why Kumi? Why now?

    Moving Traditions recently launched a new program called Kumi: An Anti-Oppression Teen Leadership Experience. We invite you to learn more about the inspiration, motivation, and goals of this new excit…

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  • Hanukkah 2022
    Hanukkah 2022

    Talking with your teens is a gift. As our gift to you this Hanukkah, please enjoy these discussion starters and resources from Moving Traditions’ past year of programming. May the gift of conversati…

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  • Light the Way: Parenting for Wellbeing – Resources
    Light the Way: Parenting for Wellbeing – Resources

    On December 14, 2022, psychologist Dr. Betsy Stone and Rabbi Tamara Cohen, Chief Program Officer at Moving Traditions, discussed key themes to help “parent for wellbeing.”…

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