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.
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
Transformative communities where youth explore who they are through Jewish and gender lenses, together with a trained mentor using a dynamic curriculum
A plug-and-play curriculum for educators to use in Hebrew High Schools where teens explore themselves, their relationships, and their communities
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!
A fellowship for 10th-12th grade teens to gain confidence, build community, and develop agency as Jewish feminist changemakers
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!
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
Training for staff who work with Jewish youth at camp and elsewhere about how to navigate gender, healthy boundaries, and more
All things current from Moving Traditions, including news, resources, responsive curricula and more
Learn more about us
Find out what drives Moving Traditions through our mission, vision, values, and approach
Join us for parent webinars, educator trainings, and other opportunities to learn and build community.
Teen Group Training – CampZoom
Our camp setting training takes places online. For our partners, the cost for training is $50.00 per person, payable at the time of registration.
What’s Next: How to Engage Teens in 2023
Join us at one of our upcoming webinars to discuss the spiritual, psychological, existential, and practical questions on teens’ minds two years into the pandemic and get a window into the growing diversity of programs that are available from Moving Traditions.
Latest News & Insights
Shavuot Text Study: We All Stood Together
On this Shavuot, we invite you and the teens in your life to take some time to read and discuss an iconic Jewish feminist poem by Merle Feld. This poem is one that we use both with our Meyer-Gottesman…
The Science & Power of Spirituality for Teen Mental Health – Resources
1. Help them feel centered and connected in times of stress through a Jewish meditative practice. A medieval Jewish meditation technique, developed by the Jewish Spanish mystic Abulafia involves visua…
Where Jewish Education Meets Feminism
Adapting Podcast for The Jewish Education Projects, featuring Shuli Karkowsky
Gender, feminism, and power are all salient features of adolescent development today. Jewish youth is certainly no exc…
If some synagogue schools are sinking ships, we’re coming with lifeboats
By Shuli Karkowsky & Pamely Barkley for eJewishPhilanthropy
We know from studies of teen mental health that teens need meaningful education more than ever as a way to connect to themselves, to pe…
Our Work in Action
How You Can Help
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