Our 2021 seder resource offers you—and others around your table or online—the opportunity to consider the weight of the challenges you have been carrying over the past year, and the burdens shouldered by so many others who have helped us persevere and arrive at another Passover.Continue Reading →
One year ago, no one had ever heard of a Zoom bar or bat mitzvah. They now rival Zoom weddings, baby namings, brisses, funerals and shivas as the most popular online Jewish rituals to attend during a pandemic. Zoom bnai mitvahs may be the only ritual with research and best practices, thanks to Moving Traditions and their Zoom-Mitzvah 101: A Moving Traditions Guide to Thinking Creatively About Pandemic B’nai Mitzvahs guide.Continue Reading →
Join Moving Traditions for one of our interactive webinars for educators and clergy where you can experience our curriculum firsthand and learn about our whole approach.Continue Reading →
Please join Moving Traditions on May 4, 2021 to honor Renée Sackey and to celebrate Moving Traditions impact on the health and wellbeing of Jewish youth in our communities.Continue Reading →
By Kara Baskin, Jewish Boston
February 8, 2021
Virtual bar and bat mitzvahs have become de rigueur thanks to COVID-19. Happily, Moving Traditions, which runs leadership and community-building educational opportunities for teens, has compiled a handy guide to making sure your own remote event goes glitch-free, with plenty of tips for this strange new world.Continue Reading →
Now, with data collected from over 1,300 parent and pre-teen pairs who have participated in our family education program, on June 10, 2021, Moving Traditions will be gathering a select group of scholars, educators, practitioners, and thought-leaders.Continue Reading →
Better serving day school students with learning differences.
Connecting Judaism to LGBTQ+ teens’ process of self-discovery.
Helping Jewish and interfaith new parents build community and engage in Jewish life.
These are among the innovative initiatives supported by the most recent round of distributions from the Jewish Federation’s Fund for the Future, which is devoted to accelerating the community’s investment in Next Generation Jewish engagement.
The $550,000 in distributions, made in November 2020, bring total Fund for the Future disbursals to nearly $5 million to date.Continue Reading →
(January 22, 2021 / JNS) As the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep Jewish services and life-cycle events smaller in size, many Jewish families are grappling with letting go of long-held expectations about the bar or bat mitzvah celebration they imagined for their child.
To that end, Moving Traditions has published a new guide to facilitate the transition.Continue Reading →
While the field of Jewish education and engagement today sees building mental health as essential, Moving Traditions has been pioneering this approach for 16 years. Two key learnings that deeply inform its work today are the ideas that:
- Resilience is at the heart, where social justice and wellness intersect. When teens work for change, they reduce their stress and build resilience, while also building communities and a society that is stronger and more just. “What’s good for individuals is good for society and the wider world,” adds Deborah.
- Building “members” of society is necessary and important work. In addition to leadership development, Moving Traditions strives to develop engaged citizens, active “members” of their community. Skills needed to be an active member, such as empathy, communication, and navigating differences are taught in its teen groups, Rosh Hodesh, Shevet, and Tzelem.
On December 7, 2020, Moving Traditions brought together parents, grandparents, and educators to explore zoom mitzvahs, car mitzvahs, and other creative ways that the Jewish community is letting go of long-held expectations about the B’nai Mitzvah experience and embracing the unique possibilities of the moment.Continue Reading →