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Moving Traditions trains professional educators and volunteer mentors to help tweens/teens in their communities to bring Jewish values to bear on the highly-gendered challenges of their lives.

Moving Traditions’ national training conferences are thought-provoking, skill-building, and spiritually uplifting seminars for professionals who are preparing to lead Moving Traditions’ programs in their communities (Rosh Hodesh, Shevet and the B’nai Mitzvah Initiative). Conference participants will practice Moving Traditions’ approach incorporating gender and Judaism into an experiential program for adolescents. They will learn from one another in an open, inclusive, and pluralist Jewish context. Past participants have said:

“Your training was hands down the best I’ve ever attended. It was productive, insightful, new, and interesting. I’m really looking forward to next year (with my group).”

“The training experience was phenomenal, we learned why this approach is so necessary in American Judaism today and we learned how to successfully implement the program into our community.”

Conference participants come from synagogues, JCCs, and other organizations. They include rabbis and professional Jewish educators, as well as lawyers, social workers, physicians, and artists who come from across the spectrum of Jewish life – Orthodox, Secular, Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist. At previous conferences, 93% of participants felt that the training inspired them to take a new approach to mentoring Jewish teens, and 97% reported that the training had enriched their own Jewish education (click here to see photos).

Our Training Philosophy

Why is it so critical to encourage educators and mentors to focus on “gender” with Jewish adolescents?

Moving Traditions does not view adolescent girls and boys as being essentially different in terms of their psychological, intellectual, or spiritual abilities – but we do recognize that most girls and most boys face profoundly different challenges as they “come of age” in a culture with fairly narrow gender codes. Gender codes and expectations inform how girls and boys are told to dress, speak, walk, dance, pray, participate in class, take on leadership roles, handle tension with friends and parents, take on academic, athletic, and creative challenges, explore sexuality, take risks – gender codes are what adolescents are “swimming” in and what have, in many ways, shaped them. Fortunately, Jewish values regarding character development and ethics can help tweens and teens to think critically about these codes and to develop an expansive view of what it means to be a “mensch.”

In our training, the Moving Traditions educational team explores the ways that we can help adolescents to navigate the gender codes around them, to resist narrow definitions, and to create experiences in the Jewish community and beyond it where all people feel responsible for one another and feel free to be themselves.

We also offer training and consultation for organizations, schools, camps, and other institutions. Learn more about this.

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Philadelphia Training Conference 2016 (2/29/2016)- 50 new mentors for teens participated in Moving Traditions National Training Conference in Philadelphia, September 11-13, 2016 Click here to see more pictures from training. via GIPHY No matter how long you have worked with teens, no matter...
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