Demystifying Teen Language Around Gender

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(Tuesday) 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm(GMT-06:00)


Virtual on Zoom

Denver, CO

Event Details

Gender Language for Parents and Educators

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 @ 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET/5:00-6:00 p.m. PT 


Are you having a hard time deciphering the gender language of the
preteens and teens in your life?  Are you confused as to what it
represents and why it matters so much to teens of all genders?  

Moving Traditions invites you to join Alisha Pedowitz (she/her),
director of teen education, and Rabbi Daniel Brenner (he/him), vice
president of education, as we moderate a conversation with real families
and educators; and offer practical advice on how to let your teens take
the lead in teaching you what gender expansiveness means. 
We’ll also explore the Jewish interpretation of G-d as encompassing of
all genders, and how it can facilitate our recognition of a gender
expansive identity. 

This program is geared toward parents and educators of Jewish
preteens and teens. If that’s not you but you are interested, you are
welcome and encouraged to join us. Preteens and teens are also


  • Lauren (she/her) and Laine (they/them) Schlezinger:
  • Lauren is the mom of twins, Kyra and Laine, who are college freshmen. She is a huge fan of
    Moving Traditions programs, which created a safe space for her children
    to explore the “oys and joys” of adolescence. Lauren weaves a passion
    for creating inclusive spaces into her roles as a non-profit consultant,
    synagogue lay leader, social work intern, and most importantly,
  • Laine, a George Washington University freshman, was involved with Moving Traditions
    local Rosh Chodesh teen group. As a 2020-2021 Kol Koleinu Feminist
    Fellow, their activism project was a guide to LGBTQ inclusion and
    education in high school classrooms (
    Laine brings passion for queer education to advocacy work in college,
    research, scholarship, and as assistant leader for the DC/VA Tzelem
  • Essie Shachar-Hill (they/them),
    LCSW is a therapist, educator, and facilitator providing therapy for
    teens as well as facilitating support groups for LGBTQ youth. Essie
    works with schools and communities to become more supportive spaces, and
    creates curriculum for Moving Traditions’ Tzelem program for trans and
    nonbinary teens.
  • Rabbi Tamara Cohen (she/her),
    Chief Program Officer at Moving Traditions, founded LGBT Affairs at the
    University of Florida where she supported LGBTQ college students and
    facilitated campus trainings. Tamara led the creation of Tzelem at
    Moving Traditions, and the fusing of Jewish, feminist and queer
    perspectives has been central to her rabbinate, activism and family life
    for over 25 years.