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Normalizing Jewish Family Education for Preteens & Teens: A Call to Action

By Adina Kay-Gross, Sight Line
October 18, 2021

Jewish families need support, now more than ever. The preteen years are stressful—for parents and kids alike—under the best of circumstances. But add to the mix a global pandemic, isolation, new peer pressures related to technology and social media, confusion and uncertainty about sexuality and gender identity, and it becomes abundantly clear that the community must respond to the needs of Jewish families and kids, and time is of the essence.

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Through Kol Koleinu, Teens Find a Feminist Voice

By Kara Baskin, JewishBoston
October 15, 2021

Feminist voices need to be heard. Through Moving Traditions, the Kol Koleinu Feminist Teen Fellowship enables just that. During the yearlong fellowship, teens of any gender tackle an issue related to sexism that affects them or the people they care about—from menstruation to feminist literature to women in politics and LGBTQ issues—and work to educate their peers, the Jewish community and the larger world during monthly meetings and retreats.

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We can — and we should — support Jewish preteens and parents now

By Deborah Meyer, eJewishPhilanthropy
October 13, 2021

Just as the Jewish community has invested time and energy into family education for preschoolers, now is the time to do the same for families of preteens. Our collective challenge and opportunity—as outlined in Moving Traditions’ newly released white paper, Family Education @ B-Mitzvah—is to offer Jewish experiences that support sixth and seventh grade preteens and their parents in confirming their values, communicating with clarity and empathy and navigating our changing world.

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Local teen chosen for national feminist fellowship

By JUSTIN VELLUCCI, Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle
September 14, 2021

A Squirrel Hill teen has become the first Pittsburgher to take part in Kol Koleinu, a national feminist fellowship.

Orelle Magnani, a senior at Taylor Allderdice High School, was named one of the 2021-2022 Kol Koleinu Teen Fellows.

Now in its fourth year, the Kol Koleinu fellowship is an initiative of the nonprofit Moving Traditions and is supported by the Reform movement’s youth program, NFTY, and the Conservative movement’s United Synagogue Youth. The fellowship allows 56 Jewish teens to explore and deepen their knowledge of feminism, channel their voices to share their beliefs and use skills to create tangible change in their communities.

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Community Briefs: New Gratz Partnership, Teen Fellow Named, More

By Andy Gotlieb, Jewish Exponent
July 26, 2021

Moving Traditions, a locally based organization that “emboldens youth by fostering self-discovery, challenging sexism and inspiring a commitment to Jewish life and learning” announced its 55 nationwide Kol Koleinu teen fellows for 2021-22 — including seven from the Philadelphia area.

The fellows will “explore and deepen their feminist knowledge, research and teach about key justice and equity topics that matter to them, and create tangible change in their communities.”

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To help teens navigate antisemitism, we must teach compassionate disagreement

By Jennifer Anolik, eJewish Philanthropy
So, how can we as Jewish educators and adults—who may be overwhelmed ourselves—help teens in this moment? One important element in a supportive and compassionate conversation about Israel and antisemitism is the cultivation of a safe and brave space. Moving Traditions teen groups, Rosh Hodesh, Shevet, and Tzelem all prioritize this: an atmosphere in which teens are valued, respected, and encouraged to share a diversity of thoughts and feelings.

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Zoom-Mitzvah 101: A Guide

By Sarah M. Seltzer, Lilith Magazine
April 26, 2021

If you’re one of the many Jewish parents,  clergy, or educators trying to reimagine bar or bat mitzvah celebration on a screen, Moving Traditions staff has you covered, with help for creating a meaningful Zoom Mitzvah in the age of the coronavirus. Download the free guide at movingtraditions.

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New guide offers tips for ‘Zoom mitzvahs’

By Amanda Koehn, Lifestyles Magazine Editor, Cleveland Jewish News
May 26, 2021

Moving Traditions, an organization to inspire Jewish youth toward self-discovery and learning, early this year released a guide to creatively celebrating a bar or bat mitzvah during the pandemic.

“Zoom-Mitzvah 101: A Moving Traditions Guide to Thinking Creatively About Pandemic B’nai Mitzvahs” aims to address the question, “How do we celebrate a b’nai mitzvah online and still make it joyous, authentic and meaningful?”

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Moving Traditions Founder and CEO to Step Down Next Year

By Andy Gotlieb, Jewish Exponent
May 20, 2021

Moving Traditions co-founder and CEO Deborah Meyer announced that she is stepping down at the end of March 2022.

“Together, for more than two decades, and during the challenging last 14 months, we have nurtured the wellbeing, resilience and compassion of more than 28,000 Jewish youth, within Jewish community,” Meyer wrote. “We have trained and coached more than 2,200 adults to mentor youth.”

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