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

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.

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

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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.

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

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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!!!

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

This will be the 5th year for my daughter. She loves her group, her leader and the messages that come forward -- they have given her fresh perspective and built her self-esteem at a time when the media can be so destructive. Just wish my 7th grader were open to this experience, but she hasn't connected yet, hopefully she'll give it a chance. Thank you, Moving Traditions!!!

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

my oldest daughter's healthy attitude about her Jewish identity and her social & spiritual relationships.

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

evaluated the leaders carefully, made sure the groups don't exceed 10 kids (you can't open up emotionally in a large group!)

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

talking to my oldest daughter about what she's learned, about her attitudes and feelings on Jewish life.

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

One we love is absolutely great, trained as a psychologist, deeply concerned about the girls' self-esteem, not trying to "teach" but rather share and strengthen.

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

Create issue-based blogs for girls, start this process at an earlier age, arrange large scale Shabbatons, create a Tevah experience.

Ways to make it better...

my younger daughter had a better connection with her group leader, and the mix of kids. The younger daughter's group crossed 6th & 7th graders (BIG no-no)

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

if the group tried to "teach" Jewish history/content instead of build Jewish attitudes/values and share feelings.

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

Having the same instructor for 5 years makes ALL the difference. We love her!

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  

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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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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?

2009-6-01

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