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Two Area Students Among Kol Koleinu Teen Fellows

By Andy Gottlieb, Jewish Exponent
August 11, 2022

Two of the 52 2022-2023 Kol Koleinu Teen Fellows are local students. Moving Tradition’s Meyer-Gottesman Kol Koleinu Teen Feminist Fellowship, which is offered in collaboration with the Union for Reform Judaism and United Synagogue Youth, is an opportunity for young Jewish feminists (10th through 12th grade) to learn how to speak their minds and create the change they want to see in the world.

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Opinion: We fought so hard for equality. We thought we won, and here we are again. We must act.

By Rachel Gorman-Cooper, Kol Koleinu Fellow
August 5, 2022, Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

I attended my first pride parade when I was 10 days old. On the corner of 15th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, my sister, Emily, and I napped in our shady stroller, which was absolutely covered in miniature rainbow flags. Countless LGBTQ members and allies stopped to take in what appeared like a miracle. Of all the people impacted by our moms’ decision to bring us along that day, Emily and I were the very least.  

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Camp Interlaken has a gender inclusion policy

June 2, 2022, The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

The policy addresses several practice and operation areas such as registration, confidentiality and pronouns and names as they relate to gender. The process was informed by the camp’s affiliation with several organizations that deal with gender issues, such as Moving Traditions in Philadelphia and through educational and training initiatives with the Foundation for Jewish Camp with the JCC Association of North America, Davison noted. 

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Unless we teach about consent to our teens, sexual assault at Jewish summer camps will continue

By Rabbi Daniel Brenner
May 25, 2022, Forward

In recent weeks, the Jewish community learned about a lawsuit involving a camper who sexually assaulted another camper at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires in 2018. While the U.S. Southern District Court of New York will weigh the issues regarding institutional responsibility, there is a familiar gender element to the case: This boundary-breaking, like far too many others, started with a male camper attacking a female camper.

Ramah is not alone among Jewish camps in having challenges with teen boys. Over the last decade in my role at Moving Traditions –an organization that works with Jewish pre-teens and teens and focuses on the intersection of gender, sexuality and wellbeing – I have spoken with dozens of camp and teen program directors in the Jewish world and beyond. The majority of their stories of harassment or assault are stories of males that had to be sent home.

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For questions about identity, I’ve written my own haggadah

By Julia White, Kol Koleinu Fellow
April 13, 2022, The Jewish News of Northern California

As a Bay Area teen, I am lucky enough to live in a community that contains bountiful diversity in all forms, but particularly religious diversity within the Jewish community. As a longtime attendee of Camp Tawonga, a camp that “encourages campers to find their own spiritual paths — however they affiliate with Judaism,” I have grown familiar with the beauty and complexities that come with modern interpretations of inclusive religious practice.

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By Rabbi Tamara Cohen
March 18, 2022, eJewish Philanthropy

The Torah portion for this week, Tzav, begins its list of the rules of various sacrifices with one called an “olah” – translated by Everett Fox as “the offering up” sacrifice. Olah is a feminine verbal noun and is identical to the Hebrew word describing a woman who goes up, or ascends. If we take the word out of its sacrificial context, we can recognize the word “olah” as one that is also used to refer to a woman coming up to the Torah for an aliyah. Indeed, the celebration of 100 years of bat mitzvah this Shabbat — which Moving Traditions is co-sponsoring with many other organizations and which is being spearheaded by the Jewish Women’s Archive and The Society for Advancement of Judaism — is called Rise Up.

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Kol Koleinu: An inclusive space for teen feminists to learn, connect, and grow

By Stacy Bernstein, NFTY Midwest Area Manager

Five years ago, Moving Traditions and the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) partnered to create Kol Koleinu – A Teen Feminist Fellowship. Over the years, the program has grown – continually providing teens a space to learn and make change around social justice issues they see and experience in their everyday life.

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‘Judith Kaplan wasn’t ancient history’

By LARRY YUDELSON, The Jewish Standard
March 9, 2022

Moving Traditions, an organization focusing on Jewish teens, is incorporating the Instagram account and the bat mitzvah centennial into its B-Mitzvah program, which is designed to help sixth and seventh graders navigate the bar and bat mitzvah experience. Rabbi Daniel Brenner of Montclair, the organization’s vice president of education, explained the educational challenge: “How do you get sixth graders who may or may not have any sense of the history of this ritual to connect to this hundredth anniversary?”

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Moving Traditions Welcomes New CEO

By Jarrad Saffren, Jewish Exponent

She’s never been a CEO before. She’s taking over for the woman who built the nonprofit organization, Moving Traditions, from nothing. And the task before her, from the board of directors, is no less than to expand the organization to communities all over North America. But Shuli Karkowsky says she is ready.

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Moving Traditions at TBE

Special to the Washtenaw Jewish News, March 2022

Throughout this school year, Temple Beth Emeth has expanded how they prepare their families for the Bar and Bat Mitzvah journey, or, as Moving Traditions calls it, the “B-Mitzvah” journey. Moving Traditions is a Jewish educational organization seeking to transform Jewish teen education and engagement. From their website, www.movingtraditions.org, “Moving Traditions connects the issues preteens and teens care about most — such as body image, social and academic pressure, friendship, romance, and sexuality — to enduring Jewish values, fosters positive peer-to-peer relationships through our trained educators and mentors, and inspires participants to develop an ongoing connection to Jewish community. By promoting a more inclusive and expansive view of gender for Jewish girls, boys, and transgender and nonbinary teens, we create a more vibrant, engaging Judaism that helps all teens to flourish.”

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