Profiles

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

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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