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‘They mitzvahs’ are the gender-neutral trend sweeping the Jewish community

By Doree Lewak, New York Post
February 4, 2022

But others in the Jewish community said they liked the “Sex and the City” sanctioned term. “[‘They mitzvah’] is clever,” said Rabbi Tamara R. Cohen, VP, Chief of Program Strategy for Moving Traditions, a Jewish organization that emphasizes inclusiveness for young people. “I think it really does validate the experience of young people today. The truth is, people are experimenting with different names. We call it a b-mitzvah right now … It’s a way of using a non-gendered term.”

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Moving Traditions, Jewish teen dialogue organization, taps Shuli Karkowsky as CEO

By Ben Sales
January 21, 2022

Moving Traditions, which guides Jewish teens through questions surrounding adolescence, gender and discrimination, has hired Shuli Karkowsky as its new CEO, eJewishPhilanthropy has learned.

Karkowsky is departing Hazon, the Jewish sustainability and environmental group, where she has served as executive vice president since 2019. Her move comes as Hazon merges with Pearlstone, a Jewish environmental retreat center near Baltimore. She will succeed Deborah Meyer, who is stepping down 16 years after founding Moving Traditions. Karkowsky will take over on Feb. 7.

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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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All our voices

Imagine that you’re a young woman with twin passions — Judaism and feminism — and you’re offered a way to combine them in the cause of productive social change.

Two New Jersey high school students, Sarah Gorman and Alexandra Sinins, have been given that opportunity as 2021-22 Kol Koleinu Teen Fellows.

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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 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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