Boston Training Conference 2013

Boston Training 201385 Jewish educators participated in Moving Traditions National Training Conference in Boston July 28-30, 2013.

Moving Traditions is thrilled to announce its largest East Coast training conference to date. The Boston training followed Moving Traditions’ experiential education model. Through games, creative ritual, video, and conversation, participants learned in small groups how to engage teens and inspire them to apply a gender lens and Jewish values to the challenges they face in middle and high school. Participants also heard from Hallel Abramowitz Silverman, an American born teenager living in Jerusalem who was detained for wearing a tallit at the Western Wall. Hallel praised Moving Traditions’ One Moon, One Wall, One People contest, which will send two teens to Israel to attend Rosh Hodesh services with Women of the Wall, and urged the new group leaders to make certain their teens register for the contest.

Here’s what the trainees had to say:

The word “training” cannot encompass the totality of the experience I encountered with Shevet Achim. I met a community of practice, a family, and a fellowship that reframed my own sense of what it means to be a man and a mensch.  — Shevet Achim 2013 trainee

The training was hugely impactful as we had the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the world of adolescent girls. From opening ritual to closing circle, the participants experienced first hand what this program brings to girls and how powerful Rosh Hodesh groups can be.  — Rosh Hodesh 2013 trainee

Trainees included:

  • 43 Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! Group Leaders
  • 24 Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood Group Leaders
  • 18 Supervisors

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The following institutions sent educators to the Moving Traditions Training Conference in Boston: