Our Mission

At Moving Traditions, we believe that when Judaism promotes self-discovery, challenges traditional gender roles, and celebrates a diversity of voices, it has the power to move our teens, our communities, and Judaism forward.

Through our field-tested programs Rosh Hodesh and Shevet Achim, Moving Traditions creates experiences that inspire Jewish teens to openly explore fundamental questions of identity and society. We help teens reach their full potential by connecting relevant content with enduring Jewish values, and by fostering positive peer-to-peer relationships through our trained mentors.

Together, with the guidance of Moving Traditions, more Jewish teens are growing into adulthood with confidence, compassion and a lifelong commitment to Jewish community.

Our Values

  • We challenge and discuss the fundamental questions of identity—the role of gender, age and Judaism.
  • We guide Jewish teens on the pathway to adulthood, through self-discovery, mentorship and positive peer-to-peer relationships.
  • We encourage conversation and collaboration for a more inclusive Judaism and the greater good.
  • We inspire a lifelong connection to Judaism and its teachings.

Our Impact

Based in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, Moving Traditions has grown over the past 11 years to become a nationally recognized pioneer in Jewish education. Through work with over 400 partner institutions across North America, Moving Traditions’ educational programs Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! and Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood have trained nearly 1,400 educators and impacted the lives of more than 19,000 teens. In addition to expanding the curriculum and refining the training for these programs, Moving Traditions develops professional development seminars that engage hundreds of educators each year to challenges traditional gender roles, celebrate a diversity of voices, and move our teens, our communities, and Judaism forward.