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Causes: Judaism, Religion

Mission: At Moving Traditions, we believe that when Judaism promotes self-discovery, challenges traditional gender roles, and celebrates a diversity of voices, it has the power to move our teens, our communities, and Judaism forward. Through our field-tested programs Rosh Hodesh and Shevet Achim, Moving Traditions creates experiences that inspire Jewish teens to openly explore fundamental questions of identity and society. We help teens reach their full potential by connecting relevant content with enduring Jewish values, and by fostering positive peer-to-peer relationships through our trained mentors. Together, with the guidance of Moving Traditions, more Jewish teens are growing into adulthood with confidence, compassion and a lifelong commitment to Jewish community.

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.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for making Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing available to girls in our area. My daughter, who is a sophomore in college, still draws on what she learned from that experience as a 7th grader. Now, as I learn more about the program as a volunteer I've come to appreciate even more the serious and thoughtful work that goes into making the materials so informative, interactive and rich, and its leaders so well prepared. Deborah, thank you for all you do to insure this work continues at such a high standard. Judy Elkin, Boston

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the Coordinator of RoHo IAGT at my synagogue. Since we are a small synagogue, we've combined with another small synagogue. We started 2 new groups of 6th and 8th grade girls and continued already established groups of 9th and 11th grade girls. The old groups are small (7 - 9 girls) but it amazes me how committed the girls are to attending the monthly meetings. Moving Traditions provides fantastic support and engaging training (free of charge) to make the program a success. The girls at my synagogue thank you Moving Traditions!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rosh Hodesh "It's a Girl Thing" is a wonderful way for Jewish girls with different educational backgrounds (day school and public school) to get together on a monthly basis and talk about current issues facing today's teens in the framework of Jewish values/beliefs. The girls have the ability to haven open discussions centered around a Jewish topic, all relating to their current experiences in the sometimes difficult world today. What an inspiration it is to hear them share and advise each other while growing together Jewishly!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

"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.