Bethany Leinweber is the Director of Youth Education, Outreach & Engagement at Temple Sinai in Sarasota, FL. She has been with Temple Sinai since 2006 first founding the Gan Preschool Program and eventually transitioning into her current position. In 2020, outreach and engagement was added to her portfolio.Continue Reading →
By Jennifer Anolik, eJewish Philanthropy
So, how can we as Jewish educators and adults—who may be overwhelmed ourselves—help teens in this moment? One important element in a supportive and compassionate conversation about Israel and antisemitism is the cultivation of a safe and brave space. Moving Traditions teen groups, Rosh Hodesh, Shevet, and Tzelem all prioritize this: an atmosphere in which teens are valued, respected, and encouraged to share a diversity of thoughts and feelings.
By Sarah M. Seltzer, Lilith Magazine
April 26, 2021
If you’re one of the many Jewish parents, clergy, or educators trying to reimagine bar or bat mitzvah celebration on a screen, Moving Traditions staff has you covered, with help for creating a meaningful Zoom Mitzvah in the age of the coronavirus. Download the free guide at movingtraditions.Continue Reading →
By Amanda Koehn, Lifestyles Magazine Editor, Cleveland Jewish News
May 26, 2021
Moving Traditions, an organization to inspire Jewish youth toward self-discovery and learning, early this year released a guide to creatively celebrating a bar or bat mitzvah during the pandemic.
“Zoom-Mitzvah 101: A Moving Traditions Guide to Thinking Creatively About Pandemic B’nai Mitzvahs” aims to address the question, “How do we celebrate a b’nai mitzvah online and still make it joyous, authentic and meaningful?”Continue Reading →
By Andy Gotlieb, Jewish Exponent
May 20, 2021
Moving Traditions co-founder and CEO Deborah Meyer announced that she is stepping down at the end of March 2022.
“Together, for more than two decades, and during the challenging last 14 months, we have nurtured the wellbeing, resilience and compassion of more than 28,000 Jewish youth, within Jewish community,” Meyer wrote. “We have trained and coached more than 2,200 adults to mentor youth.”Continue Reading →
Join Moving Traditions on May 13 as we explore ways in which we can help teens become more resilient by thinking critically about the cultural messages they receive and by developing strong, healthy friendships.Continue Reading →
By Rabbi Daniel Brenner, eJewish Philanthropy
How will a year plus of touch depravation change the way adolescents and young adults interact in large groups of their peers? What are the possible dangers, as well as the clear benefits, connected to this return to physical contact and touch?
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 →
By Howard Blas, Jerusalem Post
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.
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 →