Moving Traditions inspires people to live fuller lives – and to work toward a better world for all – by advocating for a more expansive view of gender in Jewish learning and practice.
Moving Traditions values:
- Jewish learning as a life-long commitment.
- Jewish rituals and practice, traditional and contemporary, that deepen people’s spiritual connection to themselves and to one another.
- Jewish educators – professional and volunteer – who help the next generation come of age as young Jewish women and men.
- Collaboration, partnering with local, regional, and national Jewish organizations in the name of shared values.
Based in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, Moving Traditions has grown over the past seven years to become a nationally recognized pioneer in Jewish education. Through work with more than three hundred partner institutions across North America, Moving Traditions’ educational programs Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! and Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood have trained over a 1,100 educators and impacted the lives of over 11,000 teens. In addition to expanding the curriculum and refining the training for these programs, Moving Traditions develops professional development seminars that engage hundreds of educators each year and collaborates on special programs, such as Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age, which illuminate the history of gender, Judaism, and social change.
Moving Traditions’ programs, Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! and Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood draw on Jewish wisdom and gender analysis to help teens think critically about social norms and challenge narrowly defined stereotypes.
Teens feel pressure to conform to gender expectations in middle and high school in nearly every aspect of their lives: friendship and family, romance and sexuality, beauty and health, money and power, and academic stress. In addition, teens navigate being a “Jewish girl” or “Jewish guy” in a multicultural and interfaith world.
When we connect Jewish ethics to deeply personal struggles in the lives of Jewish girls and boys, they not only experience Judaism as relevant and meaningful, they also see Jewish community as a vehicle for social change.