The Moving Traditions Teen Groups: Helping Jewish Teens Grow
Inspired by the belief that all people are created in the Divine Image (B’tzelem Elohim), our teen groups provide fun and safe spaces for teens of all genders, as they self-identify: Rosh Hodesh for girls, Shevet for boys, and Tzelem for LGBTQ+ and trans and nonbinary teens—where teens can explore the issues they care about most: such as stress, academic pressure, friendship, and intimate relationships.
Our group is really supportive of each other, and it’s a place where I can be myself and learn to be a better person. It is a fun place to chill with my Jewish friends while learning about being a male teen in today’s world.
These groups bring together thousands of 8th-12th graders each year through monthly meetings with a trained adult group leader to learn how to apply socio-emotional learning and Jewish wisdom to deal with the joys and challenges of adolescence. In our most recent evaluation:
- 85% report that their Moving Traditions group helped them connect to other Jewish teens and to the Jewish community
- 81% learned skills to help tackle challenges/problems when things get hard or stressful
- 80% reported becoming more self-confident
- 79% got to know themselves better