Moving Traditions

Rating: 4.9 stars   41 reviews

Issues: Religion

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

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.
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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!

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

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

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

I've also been incredibly impressed by the talent and knowledge of everyone who works for Rosh Hodesh, from the trainers to the regional director. Everyone is incredibly skilled, informed, and engaging.

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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  

8 people found this review helpful

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!

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

supportive and informative! What a combo!

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  

6 people found this review helpful

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!

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

feeling the fulfillment of seeing Jewish teens find their strength in a secular world which is sometimes difficult to navigate while holding on to the Jewish values that guide us.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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