Moving Traditions Goes Beyond the Binary

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Moving Traditions has created a first-of-its-kind online group for Jewish teens who identify as transgender, nonbinary, or gender questioning, and their allies. Like Rosh Hodesh and Shevet Achim, Moving Traditions’ program for trans/non-binary Jewish teens—developed with the support of Keshet—will meet monthly, and sessions will focus on topics relevant to today’s teens through a Jewish lens. The group offers a safe space where these teens can find support from, peers and a place for themselves, within Judaism.

Facilitated by an adult transgender mentor who has experience finding a place within Judaism for their own identity—and who has traveled the adolescent and young adult journey toward wholeness and joy—the program will feature discussion on topics including: courage, self-esteem, stress, body image, friendship, family, Jewish identity, and more. Each session will include discussion, games, and other activities, and participants will receive periodic fun packages in the mail to use during the sessions and beyond.

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