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Pediatrician Describes Leading Shevet Achim

Bruce Reidenberg, MD. Pediatrician, New York State Developmental Disabilities Service Organization. Member, Board of Trustees, Community Synagogue of Rye.

How did you end up leading a group for teen boys at your synagogue?

I got involved with the educational activities at our synagogue when my daughters (now in high school and college) were growing up. Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! was a great success in Rye and our leadership sensed that we were losing the guys. After bar mitzvah many of them just disappeared. I had a conversation with our education director about being involved with a monthly program for our teen boys and I co-taught with one of our teachers and our Cantor.

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A Conversation with Alisa Robbins Doctoroff

“I feel that Judaism holds tremendous value for people. It is a very rich, rewarding, stimulating, interesting, and spiritually-engaging source for me.  My goal is to try to find ways to open up Jewish life for others so that they can find its wisdom.  I’m involved with organizations that are trying to make Judaism live, and to uncover its relevance, meaning, and beauty.”

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A Conversation with Sally Gottesman

Sally Gottesman is the Founding Chair of Moving Traditions. As founder and President of the eleemosynary group, she is an independent consultant to non-profit organizations based in New York City. Gottesman serves on the boards of American Jewish World Service, Bikkurim, and American Friends of Yedid.

Moving Traditions spoke with Gottesman about the importance of gender in Judaism, changes she’d like to see in Jewish life, and her commitment to Judaism.

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Insights on Gender and Teens

Do Parents Influence Teen Behavior?

The conventional wisdom around teens is that as they distance themselves from parents, their peers become their primary influence. But a closer look at research on teens provides a different perspective on the importance of the parent-teen relationship. Here are a few highlights that Moving Traditions staff have culled:

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