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Antisemitism & Teen Wellbeing

Raising Up Teens with Moving Traditions - a webinar for parents and educators Antisemitism – its rise in prevalence and heightened anxiety around how it impacts the Jewish community – is keeping many of us up at night. When it comes to how it affects our teens, we may not know what to do or say, or even how to start the conversation. Join Moving Traditions for an opportunity to look at antisemitism through the lens of supporting teens in the ways they need it most: personal wellbeing (shleimut), caring relationships (hesed), and a Jewish and feminist vision of equity…

The Science and Power of Spirituality for Teen Mental Health 

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Did you miss the webinar? Request a link to the webinar recording or view the resources from this event: As our daily newspapers fill with stories about tragic rates of teen anxiety and persistent sadness, Moving Traditions' work emboldening teens to thrive has never been so important. Join Moving Traditions’ Rabbi Daniel Brenner in conversation with Dr. Lisa Miller, author of The Awakened Brain and The Spiritual Child on May 22, as we observe Mental Health Awareness Month. The science is clear. Data shows that teens who have a positive, active relationship with spirituality (like practicing Judaism in ways that…

Who’s Invited to YOUR B-Mitzvah?

Join Moving Traditions’ Rabbi Daniel Brenner in conversation with Alison Peck, screenwriter of the new movie, You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah, coming to Netflix on August 25 and starring Adam Sandler and Idina Menzel. In this educational webinar for parents and educators of Jewish youth, we will discuss the movie, and the spiritual and ethical dilemmas that families and adolescents face when they celebrate a b-mitzvah. Topics will range from practical matters like the social pressures of being a host or a guest to the larger question of how to make contemporary meaning of this ancient…

Israel at Your Kitchen Table

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Join Moving Traditions for an honest one-hour conversation about how parents and teens can keep talking even as we may find ourselves with very different sources of information, peer groups, and possible responses to the ongoing war.  Our CEO Shuli Karkowsky will sit down with Rabbi Daniel Brenner and a panel of experts to talk about: An intense period like the one we are living through can be a time for parents and teens to listen to one another or to shut each other out. Teens use moments like these both to differentiate themselves from their parent(s) and to integrate…

Rethinking Your College Gameplan

For students that are thinking about college, there are a new set of factors influencing college decisions – from rising antisemitism and a polarized environment around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to new state laws restricting reproductive rights and trans health care.  Join Moving Traditions for a discussion that will cover: We will take a look at what’s happening at college campuses nationwide, with insights from Hillel International, and hear from Moving Traditions teen participants who will give us a ground-level view of the current climate. Our featured speakers include: In this Raising Up Teens webinar for parents and educators of Jewish…

From “Mean Girls” to Menschy Teens

Helping Your Teen Navigate Toxic Friendships Mean Girls was a movie, then a Broadway show, and now a new and updated movie. What they all have in common is they are centered on teen relationships and social dynamics – particularly relational aggression.  As many of our teens experience competitive behavior and bullying in school and online, especially with today’s rising antisemitism, what role do parents have to play in helping their teens navigate toxic friendships? How can we give them the skills to foster healthy relationships and lasting friendships in middle school, high school, and beyond?   Join Moving Traditions’ Rabbi Daniel…

Decoding Distress: Jewish Parenting for Teen Mental Health

During Mental Health Awareness Month, Moving Traditions invites parents and educators of Jewish youth to join us for a conversation about how to best support teen wellbeing, resilience, and mental health.   Dr. Jess Shatkin, founder and director of NYU's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies, will share his expert insights with Rabbi Daniel Brenner. We will also hear hear a teen perspective from Sylvie Simmons, a Kol Koleinu fellow focused on mental health. Our speakers will share trends among Jewish teens and discuss how to support teen wellbeing through Jewish identity and community. We will be asking difficult questions like: …