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Four Local Teens Among 2020-’21 Kol Koleinu Fellows

Jewish Exponent, August 28, 2020

Four Philadelphia-area teens were named 2020-’21 fellows for the Kol Koleinu program established by Moving Traditions, the Union for Reform Judaism and United Synagogue Youth.

The third-year program will featured 50 Jewish girl-identified teens in grades 10-12 in three regional cohorts who will “explore and deepen their feminist knowledge, channel their voices to share their beliefs and use their skills to create tangible change in their communities.”

“The pandemic, #MeToo movement, and struggle for racial justice are energizing Jewish teen girls to work for social change,” said Moving Traditions founder and CEO Deborah S. Meyer. “In the face of enormous stress from social isolation, these young women feel called to make meaningful contributions to their families, communities, and society.

Local teens include Leah Anderson, a senior at Friends’ Central School; Tess Armon, a sophomore at Abington Senior High School; Jocelyn Freed, a senior at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy; and Hope Wahrman, a junior at Lower Merion High School.

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Let’s Talk Sex!: Inclusive Sex Education Curriculum

In this lesson students will start with a silent personal reflection on their understanding of the terms sexual orientation and queer, they will then work in teams on an activity to match terms to definitions. Afterwards, they will share their understanding with the class, and the facilitator will provide correct information, guide, and fill in blanks. Students will then have the opportunity to learn about gender as a fluid concept and begin or continue a journey of self discovery with the help of a guiding handout.

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Sexual Citizens Jennifer S. Hirsch Shamus Kahn Moving Traditions Webinar

Sexual Citizens – Helping Teens Make Mindful Choices

Sex, flirting, and romance are of central importance to teens—and, even in this time of social distancing, teens still need their parents’ guidance to navigate this important aspect of their lives.

Moving Traditions’ CEO Deborah Meyer along with Moving Traditions staff and Kol Koleinu Teen Fellows—spoke with Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Kahn, coauthors of the landmark study, Sexual Citizens, who will share their research findings and discuss implications for teens and their parents.

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