Rosh Hodesh and Shevet Achim group leaders at Temple Beth Avodah in Newton Centre and Temple Aliyah in Needham respectively, both near Boston.Continue Reading →
Snapshots of people connected to Moving Traditions’ work and to issues of gender and Jewish life.
Terry, a Shevet Achim leader at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles, says Moving Traditions’ National Training Conference was “enormously helpful” in preparing him to lead his group.Continue Reading →
I’m working with a group of seventh graders. As Brooklyn girls, they are, I believe, forced into a more adult world than the average seventh grader. They have more independence and more autonomy. As a result, they are more skeptical.Continue Reading →
When Margie Patlak heard about Moving Traditions’ Rosh Hodesh program several years ago, she decided to start a group for her daughter, Eva Chudnow, and her friends. Margie wanted to help the girls build strong Jewish female identities in the face of challenging messages from the media and society.Continue Reading →
Bruce Reidenberg, MD. Pediatrician, New York State Developmental Disabilities Service Organization. Member, Board of Trustees, Community Synagogue of Rye.
How did you end up leading a group for teen boys at your synagogue?
I got involved with the educational activities at our synagogue when my daughters (now in high school and college) were growing up. Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! was a great success in Rye and our leadership sensed that we were losing the guys. After bar mitzvah many of them just disappeared. I had a conversation with our education director about being involved with a monthly program for our teen boys and I co-taught with one of our teachers and our Cantor.Continue Reading →
We asked three girls from a group in Los Angeles to write about the impact of the Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! program on their lives. Here are their responses:Continue Reading →
Emeri Handler is a Wexner Heritage Fellow. She serves on the boards of the JCC and Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, and the board emeritus for TheatreWorks in Palo Alto.Continue Reading →
“I feel that Judaism holds tremendous value for people. It is a very rich, rewarding, stimulating, interesting, and spiritually-engaging source for me. My goal is to try to find ways to open up Jewish life for others so that they can find its wisdom. I’m involved with organizations that are trying to make Judaism live, and to uncover its relevance, meaning, and beauty.”Continue Reading →
Sally Gottesman is the Founding Chair of Moving Traditions. As founder and President of the eleemosynary group, she is an independent consultant to non-profit organizations based in New York City. Gottesman serves on the boards of American Jewish World Service, Bikkurim, and American Friends of Yedid.
Moving Traditions spoke with Gottesman about the importance of gender in Judaism, changes she’d like to see in Jewish life, and her commitment to Judaism.Continue Reading →