Insights

News, information, and opinion on issues of gender and Jewish life

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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How Kol Koleinu Gave One Teen a Stronger Sense of Self

How Kol Koleinu Gave One Teen a Stronger Sense of Self

I applied to Kol Koleinu with the hopes of turning my limited knowledge of feminism from RBG being a cool woman to a broader understanding of feminism. I quickly achieved these goals through slideshows and interactive conversations. Over the year, I learned about gender socialization, gender inclusion, body positivity, reproductive rights, and intersectional feminism. But more importantly, Kol Koleinu has been about exploring my own self, bridging the gap between my female and my Jewish identities.

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The Women’s March, Antisemitism & Intersectional Jewish Women

January 15, 2019

Many activist and feminist Jews are wondering whether to participate in the 2019 women’s marches this weekend in light of concerns about antisemitism. It is a complicated conversation. We created and shared this discussion plan with our group leaders to help guide a conversation with the teens in their Moving Traditions groups, Rosh Hodesh, Shevet, and Tzelem.

This discussion provides a rich opportunity for teens to listen to each other and engage in civil discourse on issues about which people have very different thoughts and feeling. It presents teens with a great way to think about activism and our various and overlapping identities —  often referred to as” intersectionality” —  including our concerns about gender, race, sexuality, and antisemitism.

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Are Jewish Men Pigs?

Personal Reflections on the role of Jewish education in the wake of #metoo

…the more I have thought about the Jewish men in the headlines, the more I have been considering the role that family dynamics, religious teachings, communities, and social conditions all play in forming our sexual fantasies, sexual experiences, and sexual ethics.

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