Bay Area

Moving Traditions Teen Groups

Moving Traditions
(951) 638-3651 (office)/ (310) 621-3651 (cell) [email protected] www.movingtraditions.org
California director Alisha Pedowitz [email protected]
Manager of California programs Julia Papiyan [email protected]

Moving Traditions Teen Groups—Rosh Hodesh for girls, Shevet for boys, and Tzelem for trans and nonbinary teens—use Jewish teachings and a gender lens to help teens explore the issues they care about most such as body image, social and academic pressure, and friendship, romance, and sexuality.

These groups bring together thousands of 8th-12th graders each year through monthly meetings with a trained adult group leader to learn how to apply socio-emotional learning and Jewish wisdom to deal with the joys and challenges of adolescence. In our most recent evaluation:

  • 85% report that their Moving Traditions group helped them connect to other Jewish teens and to the Jewish community
  • 81% learned skills to help tackle challenges/problems when things get hard or stressful
  • 80% reported becoming more self-confident
  • 79% got to know themselves better