If you are a parent or grandparent of an adolescent, or soon will be, then you may be wondering about the challenges facing teens and how the Jewish community might play a role in their lives. Moving Traditions advances a model of Jewish education that helps pre-teens and teens think deeply about gender, cultural expectations, ethics, and Jewish life.

We partner with synagogues and other Jewish institutions to bring our programs to their communities. We train local facilitators to implement our B-Mitzvah Program (6th-7th grade) and Teen Groups (Rosh Hodesh, Shevet, and Tzelem, all starting in 8th grade).

Moving Traditions is committed to guiding Jewish youth on the difficult journey to becoming resilient, responsible young adults in the Jewish community and the wider world.

Our approach is informed by “Positive Youth Development” (PYD), a field that has been advanced by scholars and practitioners since the 1990s. PYD shows that when teens are guided by mentors who create safe space, when they connect to a community of values, and when they have a supportive peer group, they exhibit greater resilience and engage in fewer risky behaviors.

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