Profiles

Snapshots of people connected to Moving Traditions’ work and to issues of gender and Jewish life.

How Kol Koleinu Gave One Teen a Stronger Sense of Self

How Kol Koleinu Gave One Teen a Stronger Sense of Self

I applied to Kol Koleinu with the hopes of turning my limited knowledge of feminism from RBG being a cool woman to a broader understanding of feminism. I quickly achieved these goals through slideshows and interactive conversations. Over the year, I learned about gender socialization, gender inclusion, body positivity, reproductive rights, and intersectional feminism. But more importantly, Kol Koleinu has been about exploring my own self, bridging the gap between my female and my Jewish identities.

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A New Program Offers A Space For Non-Binary Mitzvahs

By Simone Somekh, Forward, April 25, 2019

After coming out, Kollin thought it would have been great if the organization had an LGBTQ-oriented variation of its programming.

“They had it for guys and for girls,” they said. “What about the LGBT teens?”

Last year in October, Kollin’s wish came true when Moving Traditions partnered with another organization, JQ International, to start a new monthly social and educational program for LGBTQ Jewish teenagers in L.A.

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Turning Jewish Boys Into Mensches

By Marjorie Ingall, Tablet, February 1, 2019

The news abounds with stories of young white men behaving abominably…Men exploding in social media fury at a razor commercial (a razor commercial!) for its vile offense of depicting men standing up to bullying, stepping in to stop sexual harassment, and rejecting the notion that “boys will be boys.”

Young Jewish men aren’t exempt from such toxicity.

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Genderosity: Becky

Becky spent her teenage years attending a Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing program through her synagogue. Over the years, her group discussed issues from dating and divorce to sex and sexuality, all moderated by a Jewish woman who used religious texts as a jumping off point.

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Welcome Melanie Gruenwald

Moving Traditions First Full-time Colorado Director Melanie has extensive experience in informal Jewish education. From working on college campuses and at the international level for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, to Milken Community High School and American Jewish University in…

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