Press Releases

Press releases and other news from Moving Traditions.

Announcing the 2022-23 Cohort of Meyer-Gottesman Kol Koleinu Teen Feminist Fellows

Moving Traditions is proud to announce 52 newly selected 2022-2023 Kol Koleinu Teen Fellows from across the United States.

Moving Tradition’s Meyer-Gottesman Kol Koleinu Teen Feminist Fellowship, offered in collaboration with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and United Synagogue Youth (USY), is a distinctive opportunity for young Jewish feminists (10th through 12th grade) to learn how to effectively speak their minds and create the change they want to see in the world. Now in its fifth year, the Fellowship is welcoming the next class of competitively selected teen activists to participate in four regional cohorts.

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Meyer-Gottesman Kol Koleinu Case for Support

Gender has always been critical to Jewish text and spiritual practice, and in contemporary culture, preconceptions about its expression have enormous power to shape who we are and can become. By building a Jewish organization that focused on gender and identity, Deborah and Sally knew they had the right avenue for our moment to engage Jewish teens by connecting the issues teens care about most to enduring Jewish values.

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Moving Traditions Appoints Shuli Karkowsky as New CEO

January 21, 2022. Moving Traditions announced today that Shuli Karkowsky has been appointed the new CEO of the national nonprofit organization. An experienced senior leader who helped build influential Jewish organizations, Shuli will succeed Deborah Meyer, Founder and CEO, who will be stepping down in March 2022 after 16 years of inspiring leadership. Shuli will officially step into her new role on February 7, 2022, working alongside Meyer in her first few weeks through the transition.

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Supporting Our Communities: Congregation Beth Israel, Colleyville, TX

We are grateful for the safety of Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker and the others taken hostage on January 15 from Congregation Beth Israel, Colleyville, TX. We send blessings to them as well as to the effective first responders, and to the local and national leaders of all faiths who offered support and denounced hatred. As we grapple with antisemitism and extremism and work together for justice, Moving Traditions encourages Jewish educators and parents to create space for preteens and teens to process and discuss the events of the weekend.

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Annual Report 2021-22

Together with you, we are making a difference in the lives of preteens and teens across North America—which we hope comes through loud and clear in this annual report. Since 2005, Moving Traditions has empowered more than 28,000 preteens and teens by partnering with more than 500 Jewish institutions of all affiliations. In the coming year, with your help, Moving Traditions will embolden many more Jewish youths to thrive by strengthening themselves, their relationships, and our society.

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Moving to B-Mitzvah (from B’nai)

Moving Traditions is adopting the term b-mitzvah in place of b’nai mitzvah in all of our materials, including changing the name of our program to the “Moving Traditions B-Mitzvah Family Education Program.” This decision is based on trends in gender fluidity and our respect for the need to continually refine our offerings so that all people feel seen and embraced by Jewish life.

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Statement in Memory of George Floyd and in Solidarity with those Fighting Racism

Let us teach our youth to recognize that the world rests on “justice, on truth and on peace” (Pirkei Avot 1:17). May we cease standing on the blood of our neighbors (Leviticus 19:16), instead doing all we can to stop the ceaseless killing of Black and Brown people in our country. May we hold to a vision of hope and press our society to truly repent and make teshuva for the sins of racism.

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