Tzelem Boston

Moving Traditions, the Tent at Temple Israel Boston, and Keshet are excited to partner and bring you Tzelem, a monthly group for Trans, Nonbinary, Gender Expansive, and LGBTQ+ Jewish teens, in Boston.

Tzelem offers a safe, supportive space to make new friends and explore issues like:

  • Life transitions
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Body Positivity
  • Self-Compassion
  • Mental Health
  • Jewish Identity
  • And much more!

This year, we will be offering two groups: an in-person group for LGBTQ+ teens and an online group for trans/nonbinary and gender expansive teens. Teens are welcome to join one or both groups.

Monthly sessions for the LGBTQ+ in-person group, led by Mike Schneider-Tran, will take place on Sundays from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. on 10/23,11/20, 12/18, 1/22, 2/12, 3/19, 4/23, and 5/21 at The Tent, Temple Israel of Boston, 477 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02215.

The Trans/nonbinary and gender expansive group, led by Sandy Gooen, will meet online monthly from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on 10/30, 11/27, 12/18- Hanukah party in person with all teens, 1/29, 2/26, 3/26, 4/23, 5/7, and 5/21.

For More Information:

Stacy Shapiro, LCSW, R.J.E
Northeast Regional Director, Moving Traditions

Fallon Rubin
Assistant Director of Education, Temple Israel of Boston

Group Leader: Mike Schneider-Tran

Mike Schneider-Tran is a licensed independent clinical social worker with a Masters in Social Work from Smith College School for Social work. He has been working with children and families in various settings for 15 years, and has been working as a social worker for 8 years. During this time, he has worked in hospital, shelter, residential, school, and camp settings which included working with at-risk youth, children and teenagers with challenging behaviors, and families from diverse backgrounds. Currently, he is working as a school social worker at a Jewish Day School and as an outpatient therapist. Recently, he has received the 2020 Brookline SEPAC Hero Award for outstanding support and care of Brookline children and families.

Group Leader: Sandy Sahar Gooen

Sandy Sahar Gooen is an MFA student at Boston Conservatory. He is continuing his time with Tzelem from his two years with the NYC group.