Bay Area

Moving Traditions

(951) 638-3651 (office)/ (310) 621-3651 (cell)
California director Alisha Pedowitz
Program specialist Julia Papiyan

Two programs, Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! and Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood, promotes self-discovery, challenges traditional gender roles, and celebrates a diversity of voices 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 concerns. In addition, teens navigate being a Jewish in a multicultural and interfaith world.  Connecting Jewish ethics to deeply personal struggles helps young people to not only experience Judaism as relevant and meaningful; they also see Jewish community as a vehicle for social change.