Risky Business: Helping Jewish Teens Make Good Choices

On December 15, join Moving Traditions for Risky Business: Helping Jewish Teens Make Good Choices, a webinar featuring Dr. Jess Shatkin, MD (NYU Child Study Center) in conversation wi...

A webinar featuring Dr. Jess Shatkin (NYU Child Study Center)
in conversation with Rabbi Tamara Cohen and Rabbi Daniel Brenner

Wednesday, December 15 @ 8:00-9:00 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST

The webinar, geared toward parents and educators of Jewish preteens and teens, will focus on how to embolden adolescents to strengthen their personal wellbeing (shleimut), respectful relationships (hesed), and pursuit of justice (tzedek)—while they take healthy risks and experience the world.

Today’s preteens and teens are facing more than the usual challenges, whether they are feeling the pent-up need to push the boundaries around drugs, alcohol, and sex, or struggling with anxieties as they emerge from social isolation.

Dr. Shatkin brings to the discussion an evolutionary understanding of why teens are hard-wired to take risks, coupled with the latest research on how the teen brain regulates, attunes, and heals. His research-based approach offers interventions that are proven to foster safe habits and healthy risk-taking, so that the preteens and teens in your life emerge from this period healthy, thriving, and resilient.

Back by popular demand after speaking at Moving Traditions’ June convening that informed the white paper, Family Education @ B-Mitzvah, Dr. Shatkin will share insights from his research-based book, Born to Be Wild, which sheds new light on why young people take risks —and offers solutions that work for parents and teachers.

We will connect Shatkin’s wisdom to the Jewish values that Moving Traditions has found can help preteens and teens to thrive.

This free event is geared toward parents, educators, and all those who guide Jewish preteens and teens, and all are welcome.

  • Jess Shatkin, MD, MPH, leads the educational efforts of the NYU Child Study Center, where he is Vice Chair for Education and Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Shatkin is the founder and director of nation’s largest undergraduate child development program, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies (CAMS) at NYU. He has authored more than 100 professional writings including the book, Born to Be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks and How We Can Help Keep Them Safe.


  • Rabbi Tamara Cohen, VP of Program Strategy for Moving Traditions, guides Moving Traditions’ educational design and builds strategic partnerships for reach and impact. Tamara is the mother of two boys, one in the throes of adolescence.
  • Rabbi Daniel Brenner, Chief of Education for Moving Traditions, helps Jewish communities address the spiritual and developmental needs of preteens and teens.



This event is brought to you by Moving Traditions, a national nonprofit that emboldens Jewish youth to challenge gender stereotyping and other forms of discrimination and to pursue personal wholeness (shleimut), caring connections (hesed), and a just and equitable world (tzedek). Our suite of programs includes Moving Traditions B-Mitzvah Family Education Program for preteens and parents; Teen Groups for teens as they self-identify, with Rosh Hodesh for teen girls, Shevet for teen boys, Tzelem for LGBTQ+ teens, and Kulam for everyone; and the Kol Koleinu Teen Feminist Fellowship.