Adolescence is not only a tough time for teens, but also for the adults who help guide them. Parents, we see you – and we are here to support you and your Jewish youth. Moving Traditions programs are proven to help build teen confidence, create lasting circles of support, and build skillsets to help youth make the world a better place.
Over the last decade, we have seen time and again how youth (and their parents!) benefit from having a safe space where they can speak openly about the issues they care about most, including academic stress, friendship, body image, and peer pressure. In some of our programs, we engage parents together with their children in family education or parent sessions, to foster open dialogue and shared learning.
Whether you’re a parent of teens or preteens, we have programs to help your child thrive.
Learn more about our suite of programs and request sample curriculum to get a taste of what our materials include.
B-Mitzvah Family Education
A framework for preteen family education, for 5th-7th graders and their parents to explore what it means to become and parent a teen
Transformative communities – including Rosh Hodesh, Shevet, and Tzelem – where youth explore who they are through Jewish and gender lenses, together with a trained mentor using a dynamic curriculum
Designed for educators to use in Hebrew High School settings, a curriculum that helps teens of all genders engage together in dynamic and authentic conversations
Meyer-Gottesman Kol Koleinu Teen Feminist Fellowship
A national fellowship for 10th-12th grade teens of all genders to gain confidence, build community, and develop agency as Jewish feminist changemakers
Jewish Identity & Racial Justice
A pilot program to train teen leaders to engage as Jews and Zionists in activities, groups, and movements that advance racial equity
Training for staff who work with Jewish youth at camp and elsewhere about how to navigate gender, healthy boundaries, and more
Find a Program
Locate a teen group, B-Mitzvah Family Education Program, or Kulam partner near you.
Building Safe, Supportive Spaces
Some parents ask: “Why is there such a concern about privacy in the Moving Traditions programs?”
Over the last decade, we have seen time and again how preteens and teens benefit from having a safe space where they can speak openly – with a mentor, their peers, and their parents – about the issues they care about most, including academic stress, friendship, body image, and peer pressure.
In their groups and classrooms, participants react to provocative questions and share stories about their own experiences of what it is like to navigate today’s world.
If your teen speaks with you about their experience, please remember that they should not share personal information about other participants. Rather, encourage them to speak in general terms. If your child does not wish to speak with you in detail about what was discussed, we hope that you’ll respect their desire to keep things private.
We are thrilled to have the youth in your life (and maybe you, also!) participate in Moving Traditions’ programs. We hope that it will not only be a great social experience, but it will inspire your child’s intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth.
Contact Eve Berger, VP of Partnerships or find your local regional director.
Raising Up Teens
Moving Traditions also offers a series of free webinars throughout each year for parents of Jewish youth. Raising Up Teens programs feature experts tackling a variety of topics, offer relevant Jewish wisdom, and practical resources that you can use to help your teens thrive.