Kulam: A New All Gender Program for Teens from Moving Traditions
Our new Kulam program equips Jewish teens of all genders to engage in dynamic and authentic conversations in order to think reflectively, act courageously, and develop healthy, honest relationships. In this program, Jewish teens ask big questions about where, why and how they belong while exploring issues of identity, equity, and justice.
Year 1 Pilot Participants said:
I like how the curriculum made participants ask, ‘Where do I belong and why do I belong?’
Kulam allowed the teens to communicate and express opinions about topics that were uncomfortable.
Especially this year, as teens emerge from the pandemic and their narrowed social circles, and they return to summer camp, school and other social settings, this program will help teens to reconnect with each other in brave, safe spaces that foster open and honest discussions.
- Teens will discover aspects of their beliefs, needs and identities and develop healthy strategies for self-disclosure and self-care.
- Teens will connect to and develop empathy for people with different identities and perspectives than their own.
- Teens will reflect on their role within their family, their social groups, the Jewish community, and the wider world, in service of making the world more just.
- Teens will experience a sense of belonging and feel connected to Jewish community and Jewish wisdom