Moving Traditions

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Amount:
$40,000
Year:
2021
Field of Interest:
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Program Name:
Diversity Equity Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) Project
Grant Type:
Reimagine Grants
Grant Website
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ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

Founded in 2005, Moving Traditions aims to empower teens by fostering self-discovery, challenging sexism, and inspiring a commitment to Jewish life and learning. Moving Traditions connects the issues pre-teens and teens care about most, such as body image, social and academic pressure, friendship, and relationships, to enduring Jewish values through the mentor-led teen groups it runs in partnership with synagogues and other Jewish institutions. Moving Traditions offers Rosh Hodesh for girls; Shevet for boys; Tzelem – Trans, Nonbinary, Gender Fluid, and Gender Questioning Online Groups; Kol Koleinu (Teen Feminist Fellowship); and mentorship and support for parents.

GRANT PURPOSE

To launch a multipronged initiative that will help staff, lay leaders, and educators better understand and navigate racial inequities, white supremacy, and antisemitism. This program will allow Moving Traditions to have a more profound impact on Jewish teens of all racial and ethnic identities.

Moving Traditions’ programs have long addressed gender and sexism with an intersectional lens on these issues, but we want to focus more on diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion. With generous support from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, we are excited to expand the breadth and depth of our support to teens facing challenges of identity and oppression at this moment in history, as we also seek to support their social justice activism.

Alisha Pedowitz
California Director