Parents play a crucial role in bringing Moving Traditions’ model of Jewish engagement to their pre-teen and teenage sons and daughters. Here’s what you need to know to get started:
How do you get Moving Traditions’ programs in your community?
Your institution purchases a license to operate Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! and Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood from our National Office. Once this license is purchased, your institution will work the National Office to train group leaders and launch the program successfully for your teens. Contact Sarah Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What grade levels are best for Moving Traditions’ programs?
Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! can begin with girls as young as sixth grade — and groups can be launched for any grade up through high school. The program includes five year’s worth of curricular materials.
Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood is geared for boys entering the eighth grade. To date it has been successfully implemented with boys in grades 8-10 and some communities have started with boys in grade 7.
Is the program appropriate for all denominations?
Yes. While most groups meet in Reform or Conservative contexts, Orthodox and secular institutions successfully operate groups as well.
Are the programs only for synagogues?
All different kinds of Jewish institutions operate the programs, from Hebrew High Schools to day schools to JCCs, while most groups are offered through congregations. Some parents have even formed independent groups in their neighborhoods.
What is the ideal group size?
We recommend that groups are between 8-12 participants.
Why are Moving Traditions’ programs gender separate?
We value co-education, but we have seen that pre-teens and teens receive overwhelming benefits when they are in same-gender groups. These gatherings create the safety to explore the ways in which gender expectations and gender roles shape their lives. Same-gender groups also provides them the opportunity to learn from a mentor who shares the challenges of their gender identity.
How do we purchase the program and get our group leaders trained?
Contact Sarah Fox for more information.