Our Approach

Moving Traditions’ program Shevet Achim helps teen boys explore two primary questions:

“What does it mean to be a man?” and “What does it mean to be a mensch?”

To engage Jewish boys in these questions, Moving Traditions partners with local Jewish institutions of all affiliations, including congregations, schools, and JCCs. Key to the program’s success is the help we provide our partners in selecting the most qualified facilitators, who we train and support with ongoing coaching.

The field-tested Shevet Achim curriculum we provide our partners connects Jewish ideas, stories, and ethics to the most challenging issues in the lives of teen boys: competition, aggression, power, academic stress, pursuit of pleasure, and risk-taking. Our method balances play with engaging debate in a safe environment that teen boys enjoy.

Shevet Achim is supported by Jewish federations, foundations, and individual donors, who are essential stakeholders as Moving Traditions reaches more partners, trains additional group leaders, and ultimately engages more teen boys.