Moving Traditions’ Holds First Celebr8-U Conference

Cheryl Weiner runs a leadership forum with 9th and 10th grade girls from across Massachusetts; photo courtesy Moving Traditions.

More than 200 adolescent girls and 80 adults gathered last week to strengthen the bonds of friendship and sisterhood for Jewish girls, representing 50 Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! groups from Greater Boston and including two van loads of girls from western Massachusetts.

The conference was organized by a committee of Rosh Hodesh girls and a committee of adults, with a grant from the Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

Following the program, Olivia Belt, a ninth grader on the planning committee, emailed:

“I will smile when I think of Celebr8-U in the years that follow. I know that a great event had occurred partially because of my skills as an emerging leader in the Jewish community. I was surrounded by almost 200 girls. All of us different, yet, we had a common goal; to demonstrate that girls are more then someone just “sitting pretty” but equal intellectuals. The biggest take away that I got from helping to plan and being at the conference is that if I want to see change happen, then I physically and verbally have to make others aware, instead of waiting for that change to happen.”

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  1. It was an honor to take part in an event celebrating adolescent females’ strengths and diversity. Every teen should be granted the opportunity to build her identity in such a supportive, developmentally appropriate and engaging environment!

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