Together, we can help Jewish youth thrive

Engaging Jewish youth since 2005

Moving Traditions emboldens Jewish youth to thrive through the pursuit of personal wellbeing (shleimut), caring relationships (hesed), and a Jewish and feminist vision of equity and justice (tzedek). Combining positive psychology with Jewish values, we partner with Jewish institutions across North America to engage Jewish teens, families, and communities.

What We Do

Moving Traditions’ innovative programs provide safe spaces for youth to connect and grow, providing a circle of support for Jewish teens.

B-Mitzvah

A framework for preteen family education, for 5th-7th graders and their parents to explore what it means to become and a parent a teen

Teen Groups

Transformative communities where youth explore who they are through Jewish and gender lenses, together with a trained mentor using a dynamic curriculum

Kulam

A plug-and-play curriculum for educators to use in Hebrew High Schools where teens explore themselves, their relationships, and their communities

Kol Koleinu

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!
A fellowship for 9th-12th grade teens to gain confidence, build community, and develop agency as Jewish feminist changemakers

Kumi

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!
A unique opportunity for 10th-12th grade Jewish teens to interrupt racism, antisemitism, and other manifestations of oppression

CultureShift

Training for staff who work with Jewish youth at camp and elsewhere about how to navigate gender, healthy boundaries, and more

Insights

All things current from Moving Traditions, including news, resources, responsive curricula and more

Find a Program

With partners throughout the US and Canada, locate a Moving Traditions teen group, B-Mitzvah cohort, or Kulam program near you

Upcoming Events

Join us for parent webinars, educator events, and other opportunities to learn and build community.

Decoding Distress: Jewish Parenting for Teen Mental Health

During Mental Health Awareness Month, Moving Traditions invites parents and educators of Jewish youth to join us for a conversation about how to best support teen wellbeing, resilience, and mental health.   Rabbi Daniel Brenner will sit down with Dr. Jess Shatkin, a leading Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at NYU, and a teen activist focused on mental health. We will share trends among Jewish teens and how we can support their wellbeing through Jewish identity and community.    We will be asking difficult questions like:  Following the one-hour discussion, we invite participants to stay connected for an optional post-panel discussion where they…

Helping Teaching Assistants/Madrichim Navigate a New Setting

Join Moving Traditions for a webinar on Thursday, May 23 at 1:00pm ET as we share our new program: "Kulam for Teaching Assistants/Madrichim." This curriculum helps guide future staff members through eight essential conversations regarding their role in promoting the wellbeing and emotional development of children. You’ll be introduced to some of the plug-and-play materials that Moving Traditions has developed, including: 

Latest News & Insights

  • Prompting Discussion on Yom Ha’atzmaut
    Prompting Discussion on Yom Ha’atzmaut

    By Rabbi Tamara Cohen, Chief of Program Strategy For many Jews in North America this year, it is particularly important, poignant, and/or challenging to mark Israeli Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut…

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  • Holding Two Truths This Yom Ha’atzmaut
    Holding Two Truths This Yom Ha’atzmaut

    By Pamela Barkley, Chief Growth Officer “Once you hit Purim, the school year is basically over!” That’s what one of my teachers used to say to me when I was Director of Education at a suburban r…

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  • You Should Know: Matthew Freedman
    You Should Know: Matthew Freedman

    By Ellen Braunstein for Jewish Exponent | To that end, he procured a 35-session curriculum called Kulam (everyone in Hebrew) that teaches mental, emotional, social and spiritual health. Counselors …

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  • Reflecting on Yom Hashoah
    Reflecting on Yom Hashoah

    Today is Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day. Many of us are watching with trepidation the rise in antisemitism, reports from college campuses that protestors are telling Jews to “go back to Pol…

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How You Can Help

Your gift to Moving Traditions emboldens Jewish youth to thrive through the pursuit of personal wellbeing (shleimut), caring relationships (hesed), and a Jewish and feminist vision of equity and justice (tzedek).