Moving Traditions: Tzelem for Trans and Nonbinary Teens

Moving Traditions: Tzelem for Trans and Nonbinary Teens

For the third year, in 2019-2020 Moving Traditions is offering online groups for trans, nonbinary, gender fluid, and gender questioning Jewish teens. Like Rosh Hodesh and Shevet, Tzelem is an opportunity for transgender, genderqueer, and nonbinary Jewish teens to connect with one another and to explore key issues in their lives through a Jewish lens ---  including friendship, self-compassion, mental health, intimacy, gender expression, and belonging. 

As one participant eloquently explained, "Being in Tzelem helped me think about how I want to be perceived in the world and how I can do this through religious and gender identity."

Offered in partnership with Keshet, Tzelem online groups will begin in September, meeting monthly through May, and participation fees are $80 per teen (for 8 two-hour sessions). Scholarships are available ---  no one will be turned away.

We are also excited to announce two new in-person Tzelem groups launching in Boston and New York and the return of Tzelem for LGBTQ+ teens in Los Angeles, run in partnership with JQ International.

For more info go HERE.

Social Action

Family Promise Volunteer Orientations
Oct. 17, 7pm, Shir Tikvah, 141 Boston Post Rd, Wayland

If you are concerned about the issue of family homelessness in your community and want to make a difference, considering attending one of these volunteer orientations. 

Community Cooks!

Upcoming dates: Oct. 20 Please volunteer to cook or deliver a meal for Bristol Lodge Women's Shelter, Waltham. 

Patient Navigator Service

With JFS of Metrowest, this free service helps Jewish and other frail older adults living in Metrowest get to and navigate their medical appointments. More info here.

Bristol Lodge

Upcoming dates: Nov 3, Dec. 1 Help set up, clean up and serve a meal to homeless people at this Waltham soup kitchen. Great opportunity for children ages 8 and up and adults. Choose a Sunday.


Adult Education

Mindfulness Practice: Meditation, Chanting & Text Study
Last session: Oct. 19 (Temple Israel, Natick)

Join the Metrowest Jewish Mindfulness Community for three sessions focusing on meditation, chant, text study and prayer. Details here.

[email protected] Broads in Midrash

Mondays, starts 9/23, 10am at Or Atid 
10 session class exploring little known women whose stories are embellished in the rabbinic tradition. Details here.


World Tour of Jewish Music

Thursdays 10/17 & 10/24, 8-9:30 pm, Or Atid
Join Rabbi Polisson for a tour of Jewish music throughout the world and history. Email [email protected] to register.