A Guide to Recognizing Creative Jewish Nonprofits

By Rachel Kurland, The Jewish Exponent, March 16, 2016

Deborah Meyer, founder and CEO of Philadelphia-based organization Moving Traditions, said she appreciates Slingshot’s stamp of approval for the 10th time.

Her organization keeps Jewish teens healthy and Jewish and giving them meaningful opportunities to explore fundamental questions of identity and society.

Through two programs — one for boys and one for girls — they explore issues once a month about body image, friendships, academic pressure and parents.

“We connect those real teen issues to Jewish teachings and values, and we do so in an environment that really lets teens explore the topics and determine for themselves what they think as opposed to trying to transmit the correct answer,” she said.

“At a time when there’s a certain amount of despondency about the number of people who are engaged in Jewish life, I think the Slingshot organization really show that there is still a lot of positive energy in the Jewish world who are thinking very creatively and really in fact are inspiring Jewish engagement.”

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