As a feminist organization, Ma'yan is committed to working in partnership with allies and colleagues to achieve shared goals that improve the lives of Jewish teen girls and strengthen their communities. We regularly invite partners to collaborate with us to create professional development materials (for instance, through our Networking Workshops for Jewish Youth Professionals). We commission talented individuals and organizations to develop new programming for our public events. And in our research, we partner with artists and innovators to generate valuable new knowledge about the lives of Jewish teen girls.
Educational Jewish Moments is a training workshop for Jewish youth professionals, developed by Dr. Shira Epstein and Naomi Less, M.A.. The initial version of this workshop was created for Ma'yan's Strong Voices, Critical Choices training institute in the fall of 2007. Now a multi-session module with an innovative, four-step methodology, the EJM workshop has been conducted with day school and congregational school leaders, graduate students, and at national conferences for Jewish communal professionals. The workshop is housed within the Addressing Evaded Issues in Jewish Education program at the Davidson School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Jenny Romaine is a puppeteer, performance artist, theater director, and youth educator based in New York City. A founding member of the Great Small Works theater collective and musical director of Circus Amok, she has created theater workshops with young people in NYC high schools and KlezKamp. Ma'yan staff are thrilled to be collaborating with Jenny on "That's Not Fair!," Ma'yan's Political Theater Apprenticeship for Teen Girls, where participants will examine how issues of privilege and social justice are discussed and understood in their communities. "That's Not Fair" is slated to begin in January, 2010.
Jewish Women's Archive (JWA) is a national non-profit organization founded in 1995, the Jewish Women's Archive is devoted to making known the stories, struggles, and achievements of Jewish women in North America in order to enrich the way we understand the past and to ensure a more inclusive future. JWA has amassed the most extensive collection of material anywhere on American Jewish women, and it can be accessed for free by anyone with an Internet connection. JWA and Ma'yan have collaborated on various projects over the years and are currently planning ways to integrate our work related to Bat Mitzvah.
Keshet and Congregation Beth Simchat Torah are leading voices for LGBTQ justice in the Jewish community. As cosponsors of Ma'yan's Sexuality and Gender 101 and 201 workshops (part of Ma'yan's Networking Workshop Series for Jewish Youth Professionals) these partners have contributed their resources and expertise to enable Jewish youth professionals to recognize and effectively support the needs of LGBTQ teens and families, and build more inclusive and just communities.
Moving Traditions helps women and men, boys and girls engage more deeply with Judaism. Gender serves as the framework for their activities because they see gender as what shapes the way our culture defines who we are and can become. Gender has been – and continues to be – critical to Jewish text, spiritual practice, education and participation. For Moving Traditions, gender provides a vehicle for expanding Judaism’s ability to help each individual experience his or her full humanity. Ma'yan and Moving Traditions have been friends and partners for years.