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October 10, 2015 | 27th Tishrei 5776
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Moving Traditions

Part 1: Today I Am a Man

Deborah Meyer and Rabbi Daniel Brenner of Moving Traditions discuss what Jewish teens need from the Jewish community, how to reach them and why same-gendered communities make a difference.

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Part 2: Mentors and Space to Grow

Deborah Meyer and Rabbi Daniel Brenner talk about what teens need in addition to their parents’ love and support, like a mentor, a safe place to express themselves and messages from Jewish tradition that challenge the negative messages from pop culture.

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Moving TraditionsDeborah MeyerDeborah Meyer is the Executive Director of Moving Traditions, a national organization that designs initiatives to help teenage girls and teenage boys figure out what it means to Jewish women and Jewish men. She has 25 years of experience building non-profits, primarily women’s and Jewish organizations. In addition, for four years Deborah helped manage a private Jewish Montessori pre-school. Prior to founding Moving Traditions with Chair Sally Gottesman, Deborah co-directed Kolot, where she helped create and launch Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing! Deborah holds an M.A. in Communication from Emerson College. You can reach Deborah Meyer at

Rabbi Daniel BrennerRabbi Daniel Brenner is the Director of Initiatives for Boys and Men for Moving Traditions. He specializes in innovative educational leadership. Prior to joining Moving Traditions, he was the founding Executive Director of Birthright Israel NEXT, and he developed and directed graduate-level training programs at both Auburn Theological Seminary and CLAL – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. A graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Rabbi Brenner has been named by Newsweek Magazine as one of America’s most influential rabbis. You can reach Rabbi Brenner at


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