@13: A Moving Traditions Podcast

Stage Fright. Family dynamics. Social pressure. Mazel tov! 

For parents who want to think differently about b’nai mitzvah

The folks from Moving Traditions bring you @13, a six-episode podcast series that is pitch-perfect for parents and pre-teens going through the sometimes confusing, likely emotional, and certainly triumphant process of planning and becoming a Bat or Bar Mitzvah. We hear from rabbis, authors, comedians, psychologists, parents, and teens about the ancient roots and modern realities of this Jewish rite of passage. And we consider how to infuse meaning and connection into the process of becoming and parenting a teen. Listen now on iTunes or anywhere fine podcasts are served!

Producer: Michele Siegel (Slate, New York Times, WNYC)

Host: Sara Ivry (host of the award-winning Vox Tablet podcast)

Guests include: Peggy Orenstein, Mark Oppenheimer, Rabbi Sharon Brous, Rachel Simmons, Andrew Smiler, and more.


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Parents, please join us for a conversation about this podcast

Moving Traditions and PJ Our Way, the latest chapter of PJ Library, invite the parents of Jewish pre-teens to participate in a free one-hour webinar with Rabbi Daniel Brenner, Chief of Education and Program of Moving Traditions and podcast host Sara Ivry, “Thinking Differently about B’nai Mitzvah,” at 9:00 p.m. EST on November 7. The webinar examines the topics discussed in @13. Interested parents can register for the webinar:

at13 - I want to fit in

Episode 3 – I Want To Fit In

In this episode, Sara explores the pressures pre-teens face to fit in – the social pressures and gender norms that impact today’s pre-teens. We hear about the pressures on girls, boys, and the compelling story of a transgender pre-teen navigating b’nai mitzvah party culture.

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Episode 4 – A Moment of Blessing

Episode 4 – A Moment of Blessing

In this episode, host Sara Ivry examines the spiritual side of the b’nai mitzvah process. Listen in as Sara explores both the moments of blessing that occur in the ceremony and around it – and the unexpected ways that pre-teens are experiencing holiness in the rite of passage.

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