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.
Results: Our professional development, program certification training, and curricular materials prepare Jewish educators – more than 1,000 to date – to effectively challenge and inspire this generation of teenage girls and boys to find meaning in Jewish life. Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! has already empowered 10,000 Jewish girls to navigate the challenges of becoming a woman in our society, while inspiring them to connect to Jewish community. Girls from 6th-12th grades meet monthly in intimate gatherings operated by over 200 Jewish organizations and led by Moving Traditions-trained facilitators. Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood seeks to stem the exodus of teen boys from Jewish life after bar mitzvah. The program empowers teen boys to navigate competition, aggression, social pressure, and other challenges in their lives – and to explore what it means to be a Jewish man and a mentsch. The growing program is now active in 28 Jewish institutions.
Programs: Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing! – building the self-esteem, leadership skills, and Jewish identity for thousands of teenage girls of all backgrounds across North America. Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood is a program for teen boys aimed at helping them to navigate the issues of masculinity in their lives and give them Jewish guidance, both spiritual and ethical, regarding what it means to be a mensch. Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age – a traveling exhibit from Moving Traditions and the National Museum of American Jewish History that tells the stories of the women who over the last ninety years turned a radical innovation into a nearly universal tradition.
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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

My daughter was involved in one of the first local Rosh Hodesh groups organized by It's a Girl Thing. For those 13 year old Jewish girls, it was the best/only place that brought together kids from different schools, camps, synagogues, and movements, and let them do meaningful, age-appropriate, Jewish activities. Those girls stayed together for 5 years!

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

Bring together Jewish teens in a positive experiential and social setting, where all backgrounds can benefit.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I have been one of many women who have chosen to donate money to this group over the last 5 years; since its beginning at our synogoue. We have seen how this group helps solidify friendships, permits a safe place to discuss private matters with other peers, and grow. Each year we see more participants ask their parents to join Rosh Hodesh. This is refreshing that a synagogue offers a girl's group that girls want to attend!

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

watching the girls giggle and grow from year to year. Their personal changes are evident when they begin the group to the end of the group each year.

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

amazing! They are everything you would want in a group leader and more. Their compassion and interest in each child shines through every way.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

In 2007-8 I led a group of girls once a month in a learning program called Rosh Hodesh It's a Girl Thing by Moving Tradition.

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

teaching

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

the curriculum it provided

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

Nice and thorough

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

Do A LOT for the Jewish community

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I was trained through Moving Traditions in July 2007 to become a group leader for Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing! for my synagogue. I came away blown away by the program and the organization for their vision, creativity, superior personnel, support, and outreach. The program is phenomenal and has been very successful in our synagogue, providing pre-adolescent and adolescent girls a way to navigate their world, build self-esteem and build community through crafts, discussion, journal-writing, and role-playing, all through the lens of Jewish tradition. I have felt supported and encouraged as a group leader by Moving Traditions.

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

How much I've learned myself; how empowering the program is for the girls involved; how much the girls and their mothers get out of the program.

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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10 people found this review helpful

I attended the training for Rosh Chodesh: It's a Girl Thing, but did not turn out to be a faciltator. I am completely impressed with this organization and it's goals. When I was a young girl, I went away to camp most summers and attended Jewish camps. This group brought me back to the experience. Girls being girls dealing with ther issues of our time, but bonding in traditions and the uniqueness of being Jewish girls together, like sisters or cousins is so important the the foundation of Jewish life. I was glad to be introduced to it and sorry that I couldn't get my age group together. Maybe next year. The trainors and staff were highly organized and wonderful.

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

Remembering how nice it was to be in Jewish summer camp with all girls and that that experience could be done monthly during the year.

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

organized, enthusiastic, helpful, instructive and passionate about their program for young Jewish girls.

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

train more people?

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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14 people found this review helpful

"Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing!" is truly a gift that we can give our daughters! It is also a blessing for parents. This program of "Moving Traditions" provides my teenage daughter and her friends the opportunity to bond with other girls, and a safe, adult led forum for talking about issues in her life, e.g. peer pressure, body image, the media, dating, competition, family, etc. The best part is, that she and her friends have tons of fun at each gathering! They love it! It is a well-thought out and researched program, not parent led -- one of the reasons the girls can talk freely. I wish every child had a program like "Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing!" I think it would give all their parents much greater peace of mind. I'm so pleased that "Moving Traditions" is putting together a comparable program for teenage boys.

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

...my synagogue, where the girls who participated in the program last year say: "I LOVE IT!!!!" That's saying a lot for teenage girls!

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

...the leaders of "Moving Traditions." They are each in their own right inspiring, energetic, and enthusiastic. Their spirit is contagious! In short, they are "role models" for me and for my daughter.

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

See above -- inspirational role models!

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

speed up the delivery of "Campaign for Boys," and offer it and "Rosh Hodesh: Its' a Girl Thing!" to all Jewish teenage boys and girls through their synagogues, JCC's, day schools, etc. free of charge!

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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13 people found this review helpful

Although I recently began as a group leader for Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing!, I can see what a great program it is and the huge positive impact that it can have on the group leaders and the girls who participate in it. I would have loved to be involved in a program like this when I was younger.

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

their dedication to others and their commitment to those of us who lead their programs.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

I am group leader for Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing. My girls (grades 6 and 7) love being a part of this group. It is so wonderful for them to feel like a part of something at this, sometimes difficult stage, in their adolescent lives. When the girls come to my home we talk, we eat, and discuss important issues that they face today, while relating themes back to biblical times. The girls feel so comfortable knowing they can come and talk and just be themselves, without any feeling of being judged. I wish I had this opportunity when I was 12 years old!

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

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

seeing the young girls bond and feel very comfortable with each other.

Ways to make it better...

when I was growing up, I had the chance to be a part of a Moving Traditions group.

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

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

Wonderful organization with program and support materials to strengthen young women and and empower them to be successful independent adults.

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

establishing a fantastic and supportive program for our teen girls.

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

Level of support Training Expertise of trainers High quality materials

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

Helpful Caring Knowledgeable Supportive

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

Change the world, one young lady at a time!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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9 people found this review helpful

About five or six years ago, our synagogue offered the opportunity for my daughter to participate in a Rosh Chodesh group that was to meet once a month in the girls' homes on a rotation basis. The leader of the group was to be a young woman who was receiving training to run such a group. She had also had experience working with girls this age in a professional capacity as well. Since joining, this group has become a very important part of my daughter's life. Nothing comes in the way of her attending a Rosh Chodesh meeting. Entire weekends revolve around the 4 - 6 pm Sunday time slot! The relationships she has cultivated with this group will certainly last a lifetime. The girls have experienced highs and lows with each other, sharing milestones and sad events as well. The leader of the group is a young woman who has served as a role model and confidante for my daughter. She is one in whom I place enormous trust. I am only sorry that my older daughter did not have this opportunity.

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

watching my daughter grow into a fine young proud Jewish woman. I have watched her become a leader and role model in the Jewish teen community. She is also admired by many adults!

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

my interactions with the leader of the group and the other parents.

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

truly professional and competent!

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

reach more young Jewish girls and reach out to college level young women.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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