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Learning from Grantee-Partners: A Series on Insights from Leaders in the Field

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.

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Envisioning a 2021 B’nai Mitzvah: A Webinar for Parents and Grandparents About the Highs and Lows of Pandemic Celebrations

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.

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Kol Koleinu Fellowship Develops Change-Making Jewish Teen Feminist Activists

(By Esther D. Kustanowitz, Jewish Journal)

Founded by Moving Traditions, Kol Koleinu is open to Jewish high school students nationwide. Fellows learn about gender analysis, feminism and social change, teach their peers and complete feminist activist projects. In previous years, the group met monthly virtually and then in-person a few times a year. This year, all planned gatherings are virtual.

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Philly Tzelem Open House

Moving Traditions and Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia are excited to partner and bring you Tzelem, in collaboration with Keshet, a monthly program LGBTQ+ teens in Philadelphia. Learn more about our program and group facilitator, Galia Godel, on an interactive open house for teens on Monday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. EST.

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