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Teens, #MeToo, and Summer Camp

Moving Traditions is helping challenge sexism and prevent sexual harassment and assault at camp through our latest initiative, CultureShift. We are drawing on our comprehensive, Jewish sexuality curriculum to prepare camp leaders to train their counselors and staff to promote healthy relationships at camp rooted in safety, respect and equity.

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Jewish Groups Take On Masculinity, Consent Education

Once a week, Isaac Santelli makes his way to a public school on Chicago’s South Side, where he volunteers teaching high school students about some of the most freighted words imaginable for young people today: sexuality, consent and communication.

“If kids can sense that you are uncomfortable talking about this, they’re already uncomfortable,” said Santelli, a junior at the University of Chicago. Luckily for his students, conversations about gender and consent are natural for Santelli, thanks to a program called Shevet that he participated in as a teenager.

As the #MeToo movement has encouraged women from across the country to come forward with stories of sexual harassment and assault, Jewish organizations are trying to help men and boys have conversations about these sensitive topics with a grounding in Jewish sources.

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Getting ready for summer

By Joanne Palmer, Jewish Standard, March 22, 2018

The Foundation is investing in what it calls the Shmira Initiative; so far, it’s spent $100,000 on the program. The goal is to “change camp culture on all levels, implementing a shift in staff programming, training, policy and enforcement around issues of gender, sex and power.”

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