Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! program is the first proactive, informal education program that uses Judaism to enrich the lives of girls. It draws on Jewish tradition to give girls a place to feel safe, articulate their questions and concerns, have fun, and be ‘real’ with their peers. The program is currently serving 400 girls from 20 institutions across Greater Boston.
Small groups of girls meet monthly with a carefully trained adult leader who uses our step-by-step manual. Through discussion, arts & crafts, and drama, the girls integrate core Jewish values as they focus on the things they care about most, such as body image, friendship, relationships, competition, stress, and family.
In 2010-2011, Rosh Hodesh institutional partners – mostly congregations and day schools of all denominations – are operating 320 groups for girls across North America, reaching more than 3,000 girls.
Rosh Hodesh is a program of Moving Traditions, which envisions a dynamic and welcoming Judaism that incorporates new gender roles and understandings.
Moving Traditions is an educational organization founded in the belief that women and men are full and equal participants in Judaism. Our Board is comprised of Jews from across the Jewish spectrum, giving expression to our shared conviction that there are multiple valid paths of practice and belief.
Our authentic and contemporary Jewish rituals and resources meet the needs of and welcome Jews of all ages, levels of literacy, and affiliation at liminal moments in their lives: birth, adolescence, partnering, parenting, and death.
In doing so, we believe that more women and men will use Judaism to mark important moments and that Judaism will better repair the world by being a force for healthy individual, familial, and community relations.
To bring Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! to girls in your community, contact Cheryl Weiner, Moving Traditions’ New England Regional Director at (617) 285-6124 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Discount prices are available until June 1, 2011.