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Supporting Our Communities: Congregation Beth Israel, Colleyville, TX

We are grateful for the safety of Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker and the others taken hostage on January 15 from Congregation Beth Israel, Colleyville, TX. We send blessings to them as well as to the effective first responders, and to the local and national leaders of all faiths who offered support and denounced hatred. As we grapple with antisemitism and extremism and work together for justice, Moving Traditions encourages Jewish educators and parents to create space for preteens and teens to process and discuss the events of the weekend.

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Annual Report 2021-22

Together with you, we are making a difference in the lives of preteens and teens across North America—which we hope comes through loud and clear in this annual report. Since 2005, Moving Traditions has empowered more than 28,000 preteens and teens by partnering with more than 500 Jewish institutions of all affiliations. In the coming year, with your help, Moving Traditions will embolden many more Jewish youths to thrive by strengthening themselves, their relationships, and our society.

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Normalizing Jewish Family Education for Preteens & Teens: A Call to Action

By Adina Kay-Gross, Sight Line
October 18, 2021

Jewish families need support, now more than ever. The preteen years are stressful—for parents and kids alike—under the best of circumstances. But add to the mix a global pandemic, isolation, new peer pressures related to technology and social media, confusion and uncertainty about sexuality and gender identity, and it becomes abundantly clear that the community must respond to the needs of Jewish families and kids, and time is of the essence.

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Through Kol Koleinu, Teens Find a Feminist Voice

By Kara Baskin, JewishBoston
October 15, 2021

Feminist voices need to be heard. Through Moving Traditions, the Kol Koleinu Feminist Teen Fellowship enables just that. During the yearlong fellowship, teens of any gender tackle an issue related to sexism that affects them or the people they care about—from menstruation to feminist literature to women in politics and LGBTQ issues—and work to educate their peers, the Jewish community and the larger world during monthly meetings and retreats.

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All our voices

Imagine that you’re a young woman with twin passions — Judaism and feminism — and you’re offered a way to combine them in the cause of productive social change.

Two New Jersey high school students, Sarah Gorman and Alexandra Sinins, have been given that opportunity as 2021-22 Kol Koleinu Teen Fellows.

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Moving to B-Mitzvah (from B’nai)

Moving Traditions is adopting the term b-mitzvah in place of b’nai mitzvah in all of our materials, including changing the name of our program to the “Moving Traditions B-Mitzvah Family Education Program.” This decision is based on trends in gender fluidity and our respect for the need to continually refine our offerings so that all people feel seen and embraced by Jewish life.

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