Talking With Teens: Reproductive Rights & Sexual Health

July 14, 2022 Free
(Photo: N Guardia/iStock)
(Photo: N Guardia/iStock)

Many of us are waiting in trepidation for the official decision of the Supreme Court that has the potential to overturn Roe. v. Wade. That fear is coupled with intense pride at the upswell of activism from those fighting to protect reproductive freedoms. We want to help you adjust to this shifting reality.

Abortion is a complicated and politicized topic, and your teen likely has questions, concerns and feelings about the implications on their own lives and reproductive choices. We hope you will join us for this important conversation.

Featured speakers:

  • Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (she/her) is an award-winning author and writer. She was named by Newsweek and The Daily Beast as one of 10 “rabbis to watch,” as one of 21 “faith leaders to watch” by the Center for American Progress, by the Forward as one of the top 50 most influential women rabbis, has been a Washington Post Sunday crossword clue (83 Down) and called a “wunderkund of Jewish feminism” by Publishers Weekly. She serves as scholar-in-residence at the National Council of Jewish Women. She was recently published in The Altantic: “My Religion Makes Me Pro-Abortion.”
  • Charis Denison (she/her) is a youth advocate, teacher and expert in human development, ethics and social justice. Over the past 25 years, she has built her experience primarily partnering with hundreds of schools, teens, families and organizations. Charis currently runs Prajna Consulting, which partners with communities around the issues of human development, social justice and ethics and the essential connection between those topics. Charis’s work as a youth advocate emphasizes empowering young people to make choices that end in honor and joy rather than regret, guilt or shame. Her work is featured in Peggy Orenstein’s books, “Girls and Sex: Navigating the New Landscape” and “Boys and Sex: Young Men on Hook Ups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity.”
  • Additional speakers to be announced

Moderated by:

  • Rabbi Tamara Cohen (she/her), chief program officer for Moving Traditions, guides Moving Traditions’ educational design and builds strategic partnerships for reach and impact. Tamara is the mother of two boys, one in the throes of adolescence.
  • Alisha Pedowitz (she/her), director of teen education for Moving Traditions, leads the growth of our programs that inspire Jewish teens to live and act as their fullest selves. She is the mother of two adolescents.

A discussion of reproductive rights in American can be about many things: personal autonomy, religious freedom and/or racial and economic equity, just to name a few. However, one of the most important discussions you may end up having on the topic this summer is with your own teen or a teen in your life about issues of their own sexual and reproductive health, rights and choices.

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