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Training Sessions Address #MeToo Issues at Camps

For years, Moving Traditions, a national organization based in Jenkintown, has worked with Jewish summer camp leaders to change camp culture and address issues around gender, sexuality and power, including body image, bullying and awareness about not encouraging inappropriate sexuality at too young of an age. And in the wake of the #MeToo movement, demand for training has grown.

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Slingshot 2018

Moving Traditions Named One Of America’s Top 50 Innovative Jewish Organizations

Selected from among hundreds of finalists by experts in grant-making and Jewish communal life, the Guide called Moving Traditions “a leader in helping Jewish teens address [social and personal] challenges within safe, Jewish communal spaces, so that they can thrive—growing up confident and compassionate, and finding meaning and connection in Jewish life.”

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The #MeToo movement goes to summer camp

By Deborah Meyer and Jeremy Fingerman, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, May 10, 2018

…Summer camp is where many of us form our deepest and longest-lasting relationships. It is often rightly held up as a healthy oasis, an alternative to the social pressures of popular culture, including a much-needed break from life driven by screens.

And yet, we bring all of our cultural norms and expectations with us to camp. Normative discriminatory or biased attitudes toward gender, sex and power can lead to inappropriate behavior mirroring the outside world, from all levels – administration, counselors and campers….

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Gender, Sex, and Power at Jewish Summer Camp

This spring, senior educators from Moving Traditions will be facilitating three trainings for professionals from the camps in the Foundation for Jewish Camp network.

We will ask some tough questions: What counts as harassment? What does “consent” mean – for staff or for teen campers? How might female-identified and male-identified staff view harassment or consent differently? What actions can camp leaders and staff take to decrease the amount of romantic or sexual pressure that adolescent campers experience at camp?

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Getting ready for summer

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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