Kol Koleinu: Teen Feminist Fellowship
Moving Tradition’s Kol Koleinu fellowship, offered in collaboration with NFTY and USY, invites young Jewish feminists to explore and deepen their feminist knowledge, channel their voices to share their beliefs, and use their skills to create tangible change in their communities.
Open to Jewish high school students nationally, this year-long fellowship brings together teens to learn about gender analysis, feminism and social change, to use their expertise to teach their peers, and to complete projects that share their learning and leadership with their greater Jewish communities.
During the year, our group will meet monthly through virtual meetings where participants learn from and teach one another. We’ll get together in person a few times throughout the year to meet our mentors, work on projects, and to celebrate our work. Please email us with any questions or concerns you may have.
“This program gave me the opportunity to meet so many amazing young women and showed me how my perspectives on Judaism and feminism can help me make the world a better place.”
– former Kol Koleinu participant
Throughout the Kol Koleinu Fellowship participants will learn, teach, and create.
Immersive Community Building
Kol Koleinu will kick off with virtual programming (via Zoom). We will then meet for an in-person retreat in October. We will use these initial online and in-person meetings to build community and begin exploring fundamental pieces of feminist & Jewish knowledge. We will begin by exploring feminist issues through a curriculum that focuses on basics of feminist theory, gender analysis, feminist history, and methods of social change while utilizing Jewish teachings to explore values and understandings.
In our virtual programming, facilitators will model what virtual teaching can look like for our fellows before they dive into their own peer-taught sessions.
Participants will self-select specific feminist topics to become experts in. Peer learning sessions are teen-led with participants learning by crafting and leading lessons, activities and discussions for their peers.
Fellows will explore a broad range of topics based on their own feminist passions and hone their teaching skills and gain understanding by doing.
Fellows will additionally have the opportunity to blog about their learnings and create online content that allows them to share their knowledge and voices with a greater audience.
Examples of potential topics include: Feminism & Jewish tradition, feminist approaches to leadership, feminist approaches to violence, gender and power, gender’s impact on teen culture, gender and Jewish history, body image, gender representation in politics, transfeminism, men and feminism, gender socialization within Jewish culture, economic equality, and intersectionality & Judaism
Creating Feminist Activist Projects
Kol Koleinu fellows will create and implement activist projects that bring their learning, passions and leadership to the greater Jewish teen community. With the ultimate goal of creating social change, small groups of fellows will work together with a mentor who can guide and support their project development and offer expertise relevant to the topic and/or type of project the group has decided to make. Mentors will support the leadership development of fellows as they design projects that build their sense of themselves as leaders and activists while also addressing issues of concern in teens’ communities and beyond. Fellowship participants will experience the power of working with others, learn successful organizing skills, practice public speaking and writing on an issue about which they feel passionate, and learn through doing about the various kinds of leadership necessary for different phases of a campaign or project.
Examples of potential projects include: social justice campaigns, educational events, events for programming for students, creation of toolkits for congregations, instagram campaigns, creating a feminist zine.
“My favorite thing that I produced as part of the fellowship was my group’s activism project: a tangible representation of everything I know and feel about gender equality.” – former Kol Koleinu participant, Rachel Gorman-Cooper. Read more about Rachel’s experience in the fellowship and her activism project here!
You are eligible to apply for the Kol Koleinu fellowship if:
- You identify as Jewish and as a feminist. Kol Koleinu is open to teens of all (and no) denominations and affiliations.
- You will be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade for the 2020-2021 academic year.
- You are committed to developing your leadership and activist skills.
- You are regularly available on our scheduled Sunday evenings (one Sunday a month) from 7:30-9:45 p.m. Eastern & Pacific time (see meeting dates below).
- You want to learn, teach, and grow and be part of a supportive, fun, meaningful, kind community.
Length of Term
The position is for one academic year, starting in autumn of 2020 continuing through May of 2021. Participants will meet virtually via online calls and messaging, with the exception of two retreats, as described below.
Fellows will apply their knowledge, skills, and perspectives to teach one another and influence the greater Jewish teen community.
To this end, fellows are responsible for:
- Attending the monthly meetings (as detailed below)
- Attending two in-person retreats: one in the Fall and another in the Spring.
- Working in a small group to craft and present a lesson about a feminist topic to the rest of the group.
- Working in a small group to create and implement an activism project that influences the greater Jewish teen community.
- Being fully present and involved.
Monthly Time Commitment
Participation requires an average commitment of 5 hours per month.
Our monthly virtual meetings are designed to allow participants to connect easily without taking time for travel. Using an online video platform, our meetings will allow for meaningful conversation and interactive activities and will take full advantage of technology by sharing visuals and utilizing virtual break-out groups. You must be available to participate in a 2-hour and 15 minute video-based meeting on the following dates. We understand that you may have to miss meetings occasionally. However, please note that if you have another regular commitment that conflicts with this time, you are not eligible for a fellowship position.
Dates for Kol Koleinu 2020-2021
- Sunday, September 13, 2020: Monthly Meeting via Zoom (6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. EST & PST (2 separate cohort calls running per day))
- Friday, October 16 – Sunday, October 18, 2020: National Program Retreat at URJ Camp Harlam, Kunkletown, PA
- Sunday, November 15, 2020: Monthly Meeting via Zoom (6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. EST & PST)
- Sunday, December 13, 2020: Monthly Meeting via Zoom (6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. EST & PST)
- Sunday, January 24, 2021: Monthly Meeting via Zoom (6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. EST & PST)
- Sunday, February 21, 2021: Monthly Meeting via Zoom (6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. EST & PST)
- Sunday, March 2021: 2nd Program Retreat, Location TBD (will be 2 retreats on this date – one East Coast and one West Coast)
- Sunday, April 18, 2021: Monthly Meeting via Zoom (6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. EST & PST)
- Sunday, May 23, 2021: Monthly Meeting via Zoom (6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. EST & PST)
Kol Koleinu fellows will be asked to pay a participation fee of $360. This price includes:
- Room and board 2 in-person retreats (Note: availability on the dates of the first retreat (October 16-18) is one among many factors we will consider, but you are still eligible to apply if you will not be available.) A limited number of retreat travel stipends are available.
- Valuable leadership experience within a community of young feminists.
- One-on-one mentor-ship opportunities.
*Please email us with any questions. Financial resources should not be a barrier to participation. We will happily work with you to ensure that price is not a barrier to participation. Stipends will be available to cover travel for those who require this. All other costs (housing, food, etc.) will be covered by Moving Traditions.
Please prepare written responses to the following four questions before beginning your application. You will be asked to paste your responses into the application form.
The answers to each question should be approximately 200-300 words (1-2 paragraphs, approximately half a page long.) Don’t worry if it is a bit longer or shorter. Please answer the following questions to the best of your ability. We want to know more about your leadership skills, background, experiences, and feminist interests.
- Why are you interested in being a part of Kol Koleinu: A Teen Feminist Fellowship?
- Tell us more about where you are on your feminist journey. What has led you here? What are you most passionate about?
- What will make you an excellent Kol Koleinu fellow? Please tell us about personal strengths, leadership skills, and/or leadership positions held. Share ways you have influenced others either in formal leadership positions or informal positions/platforms (e.g. on social media).
- What do you hope to gain from Kol Koleinu? Specifically, we’d like to know: What feminist/social justice topics do you wish to learn more about? What skills do you hope to develop and/or improve? What change do you hope to create?
Kol Koleinu: All of our Voices (pronounced like “coal coal-ay-nu”)
The name Kol Koleinu was created as way to signal a feminism that is gender inclusive and a vision of a community that truly elevates and celebrates all voices. In many Jewish communities in the past, and in some still today, the voices of women and sexual and gender minorities have been quieted, silenced and/or sexualized.
This program envisions a community where all voice are heard and taken seriously, and where teens of all genders work together or side by side to make change in our lives and in the world.
Kol Koleinu will be spearheaded by Jennifer Anolik, Curriculum Manager and Rabbi Tamara Cohen, VP, Chief of Program Strategy for Moving Traditions.
Jennifer Anolik is the Curriculum Manager at Moving Traditions where she oversees research, content, and design of Moving Traditions’ teen program curricula. For the past four years, she has led a Rosh Hodesh group for girls in Philadelphia’s Main Line suburbs. She also leads a Rosh Hodesh group for Jewish women in Philadelphia in collaboration with Moishe House Without Walls. Prior to Moving Traditions, Jennifer taught and developed curricula for after-school and enrichment programs focusing on poetry, environmental art, and mindfulness. A published poet, Jen holds a B.A. in English from Dickinson College and an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. She lives in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. Jen is a member of the Wominyan community, a space for and by Jewish women* to author their identities.
Rabbi Tamara Cohen is the VP, Chief of Program Strategy at Moving Traditions where she oversees the development of curriculum and new programmatic initiatives including Kol Koleinu, Tzelem, and training adults to work with Moving Traditions’ healthy sexuality curriculum. Tamara has worked as a spiritual leader and educator with a focus on Jewish feminist, LGBTQ, and multicultural issues for over twenty years. A writer and liturgist, Tamara is the editor of the Ma’yan feminist Haggadah and recently contributed an essay to Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Women on Why We Stay about her own Jewish feminist journey. She holds a rabbinical degree from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, an M.A. in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College, and a BA in Women’s Studies and English from Barnard College. Tamara lives in Philadelphia with her partner and two children. She has been a member of the B’not Esh Jewish feminist spirituality collective for over a decade and is thrilled to be working with teen Jewish feminists.
We are excited to be continuing Kol Koleinu, a program of Moving Traditions offered in collaboration with NFTY and USY.
Founded in 2005, Moving Traditions emboldens teens to flourish by fostering self-discovery, challenging sexism, and inspiring a commitment to Jewish life and learning. As a result of the organization’s immersive teen groups, which run from 8th-12th grade and are led by 850 trained adult mentors, 23,000 teens have grown to be confident and compassionate and are forging deep connections to Jewish life. Moving Traditions’ b’nai mitzvah program has partnered with more than 400 congregations (including JCCs and other Jewish entities across North America). Launched in 2018, the program addresses pre-teens’ social and emotional needs with parents and youth of all genders. Moving Traditions recently renewed and renamed its teen groups, Rosh Hodesh for girls and Shevet for boys, and introduced Tzelem, the first national online and ongoing group to connect and engage Jewish transgender and gender fluid teens with the guidance of a trained adult mentor, offered in partnership with Keshet. Moving Traditions is excited to be partnering with NFTY and USY to offer current and former participants in Rosh Hodesh, Shevet and Tzelem as well as those new to our programming, a way to deepen their learning about gender, expand their connections with Jewish teens who share their interests and commitments, and build their leadership and activist skills.
NFTY – the Reform Jewish Youth Movement:
NFTY is a movement that builds strong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered engagement. Together, we pursue tikkun olam, personal growth, youth empowerment, and deep connections, all rooted in Reform Judaism.
NFTY is thrilled to welcome teens to be a part of the Kol Koleinu Fellowship as an opportunity for engagement in Reform Jewish social justice and interest-based skill development. We are excited for teens to participate in Kol Koleinu: Teen Feminist Fellowship as a year-long intensive program that runs side-by-side with other NFTY events and programming. Fellows will be invited to attend events, and encouraged to share their work with our greater community of Reform Jewish teens, but will not be required to participate in specific NFTY programming.
USY is USCJ’s youth movement for Conservative Jewish teens across North America. For more than 60 years, USY has taught young Jews the values and skills they need to become exceptional leaders in their religious and secular communities. USY empowers youth to develop friendships, leadership skills, a sense of belonging to the Jewish People, and a commitment to inspired Jewish living through meaningful and fun experiences rooted in Conservative Judaism’s approach to learning, spiritual expression, and social responsibility. Through year round programming and domestic and international travel opportunities, USY inspires in teens a deep sense of pride in and love for their Jewish identity.
Teens from all streams of Judaism are welcome and encouraged to participate.