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October 14, 2009

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October 14, 2009

Last fall our synagogue implemented the Rosh Hodesh: It's A Girl Thing! program that was created by Moving Traditions. My daughter is a member of the initial group of 7th and 8th grade girls that was formed. They have been meeting once a month for the past year and intend to continue through high school. This has done so much for her self-esteem as well as her sense of Jewish identity.

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

how much happier my 13-year-old daughter is as a result of the Rosh Hodesh program which this organization created.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 14, 2009

I had the privilege of participating in and observing a training session for the new leaders of Rosh Hodesh as they implemented their new curriculum. First of all, the curriculum itself was well written and documented. Secondly, the energy enthusiasm and competence of the trainers was palpable. The women in training also benefited not only from the written syllabus but the interactive approach.

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

watching them touch the lives and spirits of Jewish girls age 13-18

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

outstanding, energetic, enthusiastic and most importantly well informed about themselves, their mission and the accomplishments of the groups.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 14, 2009

As Director of Education at a Jewish complimentary school I have options for many programs for my students. Rosh Hodesh is a wonderful program that has helped our girls bond in a way that no other program has done as well as connecting them Jewishly to a world that is meaningful for them. This is an incredibly well done program. Bravo for Moving Traditions!!!

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

observing the relationship develop between the girls and with the facilitator of this program. It has been and continues to be highly successful.

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

the support offered at all levels of facilitation and the appreciation of the curriculum developers for the reality of adolescent development.

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

Knowledgeable, sincere, enthusiastic

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

Reach out with positive role models to our youth in a way that helps them develop positive relationships and attitudes with the world around them. It would be great if every young person could be reached.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 14, 2009

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October 14, 2009

I was fortunate enough to facilatate a group of Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing! girls. Through the process I could see how engaged these girls became to the programs and to the girls in the group. A "safe space" was created for honest discussion. We had the touchstones of our Jewish traditions on which to build and draw upon. I truly believe the program builds strength of character and does counteract the messages of mass media.

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the way the newcomers were brought into the group, the group grew, and it evolved. Friendships continue today.

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

that they chose to fund the program and support through their internal media.

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

actually the parents who volunteered their homes and fed the group. Each tried to offer something special.

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

offer this program "at-large", for the unaffiliated who want some level of engagement for their daughters.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

October 14, 2009

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October 14, 2009

For six years, every month except July, I would meet with a "Rosh Chodesh Group"- a program run by Moving Traditions. We had two facilitators, both social workers, and then a group of girls that started at 10 and ended up at five over the years, all the same grade, that would meet. We would have a different basic topic every month, all pertaining to the various issues of our young lives. For two years, 10th & 11th grades, we had a leadership program. We learned about different roles in the group, delegating, time keeping & management, staying on task, and planning events. These skills have helped me tremendously in every work place & every situation with which I am in charge. I am still in contact with both the facilitators and the group members that I spent these 6 years with, and they are now my friends & support group for life.

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Every part of my life, because it helped me come to terms with who I am as a person. I learned to accept myself.

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

Kind, open-minded, caring, hard-working, and accepting of everyone. Always had helpful advice. Always.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 14, 2009

A Moving Traditions regional supervisor asked me to start a Rosh Hodesh group for girls---two years ago. Moving Traditions was extremely helpful in working with us to train our Rosh Hodesh group leader as well as to help us with details in getting the group up and running. Our Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing group has made a huge difference for our girls in the group.

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

Watching my 7th and 8th grade girls interact with each other and move through life -- successfully and proud of who they are.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 14, 2009

One of the best Jewish organizations, Moving Traditions finds ways to help educate girls and boys in new and unique ways. They educate the whole person, not just academically but are committed to helping adolescents with self-esteem, friendship and becoming strong and ethical people. I am a Rosh Hodesh: It's a girl thing leader and love it more than any of my other experiences working with teens in the Jewish community.

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

how they care for the girls and boys they work with as whole people, not just students.

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

It draws the most amazing people.

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

Bring these groups to every part of the Jewish community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 12, 2009

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October 12, 2009

I have been facilitating a Rosh Chodesh group annually now for almost 8 years with new girls coming into the program every 2 years. I was asked to participate as a facilitator in the program when it was just beginning and have seen the impact it has made in the spiritual lives of Jewish girls who have many questions and concerns as they navigate the psychological perils and secularisms of modern life. I too have experienced so much joy from being involved in the Moving Traditions Rosh Chodesh program. I have become more spiritually aware of time, cycles, and honoring that which is most "awe"some in the experience of being a woman. I believe that sharing traditions with young teen girls has enhanced my own life deeply. As I work with Moving Traditions, I have often known that I am not alone in helping to guide my group. There is always a willing and able person to guide the transitions of groups behind the scenes. I have had wonderful mentorship in the program from the very beginning.

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

always supportive and highly communicative about being sure we were prepared as leaders, had new information and resources at hand, and were generally cheering from the sidelines.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 11, 2009

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October 11, 2009

I've been in Moving Traditions' "Rosh Hodesh: It's A Girl Thing" for 5 years (this year being my 6th). Rosh Hodesh has played a prominent role in enriching my transition from a preteen to a teen, teaching me life lessons that I may have never learned on my own. Because of Rosh Hodesh, I have learned how to connect to others, myself, judaism and femininity. The girls in my group are now some of my best friends and I am very thankful for the opportunity.

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

get this program to more girls across the country.

Ways to make it better...

there was more follow through on the ideas the girls brainstormed throughout the year.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 9, 2009

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October 9, 2009

Moving Traditions provided my daughter with its Rosh Hodesh for girls program at a critical time when she was begining to explore her identity and especially her Jewish identity. The engaging, thought-provoking, and fun curriculum I think made my daughter more centered in her life, more appreciative of her Jewish identity and history, and led her to make wise choices when confronting peer pressure and forming relationships.

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

how easy it was to tap into its programs, how it keeps its members informed with its newsletter, how it tackles the pressing concerns of today through a meaningful Jewish lens.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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