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Congregational Leaders Train with Moving Traditions

Jewish Exponent, September 10, 2018

Moving Traditions, based in Jenkintown, nationally launched its new B’nai Mitzvah program, with a training for congregational leaders on Oct. 4 at Tiferet Bet Israel. Clergy and educators from Beth David Reform Congregation, Congregation Beth Or, Congregation Beth El, Germantown Jewish Centre, Temple Emanuel, Temple Sinai and Tiferet Bet Israel attended. The Carol Lowenstein Moving Traditions B’nai Mitzvah Training Institute helps families explore elements of the B’nai Mitzvah, such as being the center of attention, party culture and social media.

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Coming To The Right Answer By Themselves: Talking With Boys About Sexual Assault

Heard on Morning Edition, October 10, 2018

Moving Traditions founder and CEO Deborah Meyer says the goal is not to tell teens how they should behave, but to give them the space and guidance to arrive at the right answer with their peers.

“We help guys uncover the tenderness and the connection and the joy in themselves, as a human being, and develop for themselves a sense of ethics and values and responsibility,” Meyer says.

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Training Sessions Address #MeToo Issues at Camps

By Selah Maya Zighelboim, Jewish Exponent, June 6, 2018

As a former Jewish summer camper, Moving Traditions CEO Deborah Meyer said camp was a place where she developed long-lasting friendships and an intense connection to Jewish life.

But it was also a place where she remembers some inappropriate behavior between counselors.

“The broader society, the broader culture seeps into summer camp,” Meyer said. “Even camps with really good policies still have human beings, especially counselors, who are coming with their good intentions, but are bringing in some of the norms from the wider culture around hook-up and objectification and sexualization, and just ways of relating that are not necessarily really thought through in terms of how to create a healthy and safe space for younger teens and preteens and younger children.”

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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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Getting ready for summer

By Joanne Palmer, Jewish Standard, March 22, 2018

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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Preteens, Teens Question Gender Roles in Groups

By Selah Maya Zighelboim, Jewish Exponent, December 20, 2017

The groups provide a space for teens to talk and ask questions about identity and gender — all within a Jewish context. Much of the curriculum, for example, covers heroines from the Torah. The purpose of the organization is to adapt and “move” the tradition to make it more meaningful for the students.

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