Bethany Leinweber is the Director of Youth Education, Outreach & Engagement at Temple Sinai in Sarasota, FL. She has been with Temple Sinai since 2006 first founding the Gan Preschool Program and eventually transitioning into her current position. In 2020, outreach and engagement was added to her portfolio.Continue Reading →
Snapshots of people connected to Moving Traditions’ work and to issues of gender and Jewish life.
An acting instructor and director, Tal is following in the footsteps of both of his parents, Marti Arnold, who led Rosh Hodesh groups and Rabbi Jamie Arnold, who led Shevet groups. This makes Tal the first, second-generation Moving Traditions group leader in our history.Continue Reading →
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.Continue Reading →
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.Continue Reading →
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.Continue Reading →
Rafi Daugherty is an out-and-proud queer, Jewish, transgender man who lives in Denver with his toddler and their two pets (a dog and a cat). Rafi’s work history is colorful and varied, including many years working with adults…Continue Reading →
Dana Edell is an activist-scholar-artist and the executive director of SPARK Movement, an intergenerational girls’ activist organization that provides tools and resources to ignite a global online and on-the-ground young feminist movement. She has directed more than 70…Continue Reading →
Phoenix Schneider, M.S.W., is trans and Jewish and a lifelong advocate for LGBTQ communities and is consulting with Moving Traditions as the organization researches the needs of Jewishtrans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming teens.Continue Reading →
If I had to use three words to describe Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing I would say “community,” “identity,” and “empowerment.”Continue Reading →
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.Continue Reading →