Tzelem – Chicago

Moving Traditions and Keshet are excited to partner and bring you Tzelem for LGBTQ+ teens, a new program held monthly in Chicagoland.

Moving Traditions is a national organization that emboldens teens to flourish by fostering self-discovery, challenging sexism, and inspiring a commitment to Jewish life and learning. Tzelem is for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, nonbinary, queer and questioning teens in grade 7-12. Tzelem is open to teens of all genders.

Each month the group talk about key issues like life transitions, healthy relationships, body positivity, self-compassion, mental health, intimacy and Jewish identity. The group will meet in-person once a month as health safety permits and will meet online if necessary.

Group Leader: Carly Gusto


I am a Chicago native and live with my wife and two cats in Chicago. I have been working in the social services field for 5 years and particularly in the Jewish nonprofit sector for the last 3 years as an social worker for youth with disabilities in which I support, assist and advocate in finding meaningful employment. I’ve also worked as a therapist for children with various mental health diagnoses I earned my MSW from Loyola University Chicago in 2015 and undergrad at Carthage College where I majored in psychology and social work graduated in 2014. I am passionate and my niche is working with children and families. As a queer and nonbinary person myself I am excited to work with LGBT+/queer youth in this role.

For more information, please email Paige GoldMarche: pgoldmarche@movingtraditions.org.

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This program is a collaboration between Moving Traditions and Keshet with the support of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago – Fund for the Future and Springboard—a project created with the support JUF/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and the Jim Joseph Foundation.

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