Moving Traditions

Rating: 4.9 stars   41 reviews

Issues: Religion

Location: 261 Old York Road Suite 734 Jenkintown PA 19046 USA

Mission: Working with Jewish teenagers at the most fragile time of their development is our mission. Moving Traditions’ conviction is that teens long for an alternative set of values to guide them through their lives and that mentors who can access Jewish wisdom, folktale, and ritual can play a significant role in giving them that alternative. Great Jewish education is not about teaching people how to be more Jewish. It is about teaching people how to see the brokenness in our society, to see themselves as agents of change, and to work with others to make for a more just and compassionate world. One profound way that our society is broken is that girls are taught to feel shame about their physical appearance, to conform to the whims of social pecking orders, and to limit their options. Boys are taught that toughness means being emotionally detached, that relationships are not worth the effort, and that they are only men if they are able to erect a fortress of solitude around them. These gender norms are imposed in middle school and the damage that they inflict is evident in the growing number of Jewish teens that self-destruct, self-medicate, or lash out against others.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was touched that a 13 year old Bar Mitzvah boy with an extensive Jewish background was inclined to reach out to his peers who may or may not have such a background and some may not even wish to set foot in a Synagogue after the apex of the Bar Mitzvah. There are so many ways for a young boy to be Jewish as he evolves into manhood combining a Jewish and a non-sexist approach. Moving Traditions was founded on these principles of a non-elitist, inclusive and profound sense of belonging. MT began the Rosh Chodesh services for girls; MT is now launching "The Brotherhood-Shevet Achim Gam Achim" for boys.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I met Sally Gottesman when she was first thinking of the name for her organization. Sally would never use her own namae. I was present when she thought of Movong Traditions as a name. Indeed not only does this organization move, but it is heartfelt, moving. It has touched girls across the country at a taime when they need to bond together. It has inspired older women to have a Bat Mitzva. It is now seeking to understand boys and find ways to bring them back into the fold after their Bar Mitzvas. I am volunteering my grandson who is in the University of Pa. to help in this regard.

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Moving Traditions is relatiely young. It is taking its first steps, much like the adolelscents who are trying out their wings, ready to fly. The beauty of this is that there is a psychological creativity and profundity in this aproach. It is not "establishment" and it is ready to move tangentiallly in unexpected directions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

at some time in the future, as this organization cares very much about gender, I would hope they support the Aguna by trying to work on having 3 female judges on a Beit Din. We have female Rabbis and cantors; Why not a beit Din of female judges? as an artist have made an imaginary eit Din installation at the Jewisih Museum - which will be there until Feb. 7 then it travels to the Contemporary Jewish Musemof SF. April 22-Sept. 28. Once the boy project is stabalized in Moviong Traditions, I am suggesting that female judges might be the next project.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Rosh Hodesh has proved a great way to learn about my religion and connect with other girls of my faith. I really enjoyed doing activities. I've made new friends and new connections. Rosh Hodesh is a place where I can learn, speak my mind, connect with others, and have fun. Keep up the good work!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I look forward to it every month!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I love Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing, but I think I like it mainly because I can interact and get to know my girl friends that i don't get to see most days. Also, we get to understand the world around us and our personal lives a little better. I do feel that the activities that we do are a little childish or not necessary or just uncomfortably awkward. This group is not supposed to be awkward, but to be fun and enjoyable.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the group itself and when i take these experiences with me, i use them in my life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

maybe meet every 2 weeks instead of every once a month

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the time spent laughing and loving with friends

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very kind and caring and wanting to have fun and make your time as meaningful as possible

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

really contribute to the world around it. There are plenty of charities you could give the money to, but there are only a number of groups that will take the money to make other people aware of the cause (and sometimes causES)

Ways to make it better...

the activities were more localy involved and not so quier

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

when people (whether this is the girls int he group, the group leader, or the organizer) can't orderly make decisions and the group doesn't meet or make progress

One thing I'd also say is that...

people really need to get groups together all over the world for all ages and really keep this wonderful family growing

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I really love Rosh Hodesh: its a girl thing! I look forward to each meeting every month! I have become so close with my fellow members. we've built such a strong bond that allows us to speak freely and know that no one will judge. It is a fantastic program that has enabled me to look at issues in a jewish perspective as well as through other girls eyes. I truly cherish each and every meeting.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the rise of my confidence in expressing my opinions and ideas

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have the topics mature with the girls according to their ages.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

building an incredibly strong bond with other girls as well as the group leader.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very sweet and encouraged us individuality.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

allow girls who cannot afford to be a member to join and change their lives as well.

Ways to make it better...

my group met more frequently than once a month.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

that most girls in their teens do not want to join a "youth group".

One thing I'd also say is that...

THIS IS SUCH A FABULOUS ORGANIZATION

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I really benefited from Rosh Chodesh at my synagogue. We had so much fun, and I got to see many of my friends that I do not get to see on a regular basis. It also really helped me connect with growing up to be the best Jewish woman I can be, since we learned about many Jewish female role models. Overall, it was truly an amazing experience.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

becoming close with all the other girls who were part of the group.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great and helpful!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I'm part of a Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing group in Denver, and mostly I am having a blast! Sometimes the activities are a little overrated, and I wish we could talk and express differently, without dancing around the 'issue' or topic of the month before we dive deep into it. But mostly I think it's great. Kudos to Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I can doodle and cuddle and eat with my jewish galpals and have a fun time.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Bring some meditation into it... not to be weird or anything but some of the girls really could use some calming down before smashing into pouring out their heart. Especially if the girl is having a hard time.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Get more art supplies!

Ways to make it better...

I know the teachers are only human, but sometimes the teacher singles me out because I'm a rabbi's daughter. Not anymore so much because I've had to show her I'm in the group as a kid!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Every girl is different!!!!!! It's hard to reach us...especially in middle school

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

After finding out about Rosh Hodesh:It's a Girl Thing! I just knew it was something I needed to be involved in by helping make connections in the SF Bay Area. The staff and board are deeply committed to Judaism and education, all through the lens of gender.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

deeply committed to the mission of the organization. They are really seeking honest opinions and help from volunteers, students, parents and board members.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I think that Rosh Hodesh, a program that's under the umbrella of Moving Traditions is one of the most effective and creative Jewish Education tools that I've seen in years. Especially in smaller communities it brings Jewish Teens together in a meaningful and supportive way (often Rosh Hodesh is the only Jewish Experience these teens have). I have seen groups of teen girls become so comfortable to share with one another, and all within a Jewish lens...I LOVE Rosh Hodesh and am so grateful for Moving Traditions for giving it a life!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Harrisburg PA where I helped launch the first Rosh Hodesh group...they now have 4 active groups.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to pursue a program for teen boys

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The sensitivity of teenage girls' experiences, all within a Jewish framework

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely dedicated, intelligent and supportive

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Really help to repair the world:)

Ways to make it better...

NA--I loved everything about my experience with Rosh Hodesh!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

NA

One thing I'd also say is that...

I truly want those who were instrumental in developing and implementing this program, that it truly has a lasting impact on these girls and I believe the leaders as well!!! Thank you so much!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Our Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing group the past two years has brought girls together and enabled them to empower themselves to be individuals with strong Jewish values and identities. We have discussed the many different facets of their ages group in regards to social development, health and peer pressure. All of this we tie into their Judaism. Friendships have been made and nourished. This values based group is an activity that the girls will remember and learn from for many years.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

This nonprofit organization offers total support to the group leaders with an extensive website, frequent email updates, organized support conference calls and many talented professionals for continued learning.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I am a group leader for Rosh Hodesh: it's a girl thing! at a Conservative synagogue in suburban Philadelphia. The program is incredibly well thought out, with creative and thought-provoking activities that engage and excite the 6th grade girls in my group. The training and support provided by Moving Traditions is top notch.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer this program, cost-free, to synagogues, Jewish community centers, Jewish day schools, etc. around the country.

Ways to make it better...

I had begun working with Moving Traditions even sooner!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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