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What Does it Mean to Be a Gender Inclusive Camp in Summer 2022?

Join Moving Traditions for a strategic conversation for Jewish camp professionals about gender and gender expansiveness as it relates to staff, campers, and camp culture.

In the last five years, many Jewish camps have welcomed both their first staff members and first campers who identify beyond the traditional gender binary. In Summer 2021, with camps resuming from Covid, these realities were heightened and raised new questions about the nature of gender at camp. Addressing those questions at the individual camper level, the staff level, the camp policy and culture level, and, at the communication level to parents and stakeholders is an area of emerging expertise for many camps.

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Meet Moving Traditions

Join Rabbi Daniel Brenner, VP of  Education, and Pamela Barkley, VP of Program for a session or more of our “Meet Moving Traditions” webinar series.
Clergy Webinar for Family Education @ B-Mitzvah Webinar
Combining social-emotional learning models, positive youth development theory, and a musar-based approach to Jewish character development, this Moving Traditions program offers a series of family education events that can be led by clergy and educators as well as a series that is specifically geared towards the needs of 6th and 7th graders.

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Moving Traditions’ New National B’nai Mitzvah Program, for Families – The Covenant Foundation

If one were to survey Jewish parents about what they think the most pivotal moment is in their child’s Jewish journey, chances are a majority would answer the B’nai Mitzvah. But whereas the ritual is meant to symbolize a moment when a young person stands at the dawn of a rich Jewish life to come, more often than not these days, the B’nai Mitzvah represents the opposite: an ending of sorts.

Often, with the B’nai Mitzvah, comes a slowing down of a young person’s time in synagogue, less frequent attendance in religious school, and for many families, the culmination of a journey that was just starting to rev up.

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A New Pedagogy for Parents and Children in Bar/Bat/Benai/B’ Mitzvah Education The Lookstein Center

By Daniel Brenner, Jewish Educational Leadership Journal
November 2, 2020

With an understanding that there have been both seen and unseen generational shifts in parent-teen relationships, five years ago my colleagues and I at Moving Traditions began piloting a new model of interactive family education for 6th and 7th graders in Jewish schools and synagogues that imagined the benai mitzvah as not about “becoming an adult” or “becoming a man” or “becoming a woman” but about “becoming a teen.”

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