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Moving Traditions
October 17, 2012

I was touched that a 13 year old Bar Mitzvah boy with an extensive Jewish background was inclined to reach out to his peers who may or may not have such a background and some may not even wish to set foot in a Synagogue after the apex of the Bar Mitzvah. There are so many ways for a young boy to be Jewish as he evolves into manhood combining a Jewish and a non-sexist approach. Moving Traditions was founded on these principles of a non-elitist, inclusive and profound sense of belonging. MT began the Rosh Chodesh services for girls; MT is now launching "The Brotherhood-Shevet Achim Gam Achim" for boys.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Advisor

Moving Traditions
October 15, 2009

I met Sally Gottesman when she was first thinking of the name for her organization. Sally would never use her own namae. I was present when she thought of Movong Traditions as a name. Indeed not only does this organization move, but it is heartfelt, moving. It has touched girls across the country at a taime when they need to bond together. It has inspired older women to have a Bat Mitzva. It is now seeking to understand boys and find ways to bring them back into the fold after their Bar Mitzvas. I am volunteering my grandson who is in the University of Pa. to help in this regard.

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Moving Traditions is relatiely young. It is taking its first steps, much like the adolelscents who are trying out their wings, ready to fly. The beauty of this is that there is a psychological creativity and profundity in this aproach. It is not "establishment" and it is ready to move tangentiallly in unexpected directions.

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at some time in the future, as this organization cares very much about gender, I would hope they support the Aguna by trying to work on having 3 female judges on a Beit Din. We have female Rabbis and cantors; Why not a beit Din of female judges? as an artist have made an imaginary eit Din installation at the Jewisih Museum - which will be there until Feb. 7 then it travels to the Contemporary Jewish Musemof SF. April 22-Sept. 28. Once the boy project is stabalized in Moviong Traditions, I am suggesting that female judges might be the next project.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & brainstorming ideas, attending all events.