What Can Broadway’s ‘Mean Girls’ Teach Jewish Teens?


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Tina Fey’s hilarious hit movie-turned-Broadway musical, Mean Girls, is coming from New York to Philadelphia this fall — and with it comes an opportunity for teenagers and their families to explore friendship, bullying and other issues.

On November 24, Moving Traditions, the Jewish Federation-supported empowerment group for Jewish teens, will have a day of theater and discussion: a pre-show brunch and workshop on “Helping Teens Navigate Social Pressure,” followed by a Mean Girls performance at the Academy of Music.

Pairing the two activities makes perfect sense. After all, the show’s premise — about a naïve new girl at an Illinois high school, her strategic rise to popularity to unseat the Queen Bees and her tangles with frenemies along the way — is just an extreme version of the drama many teenagers endure every day.

“It’s a way for teens to discuss healthy friendships,” said Moving Tradition’s Philadelphia Director Eve Berger, “and for parents to start meaningful conversations with their teens.” Framing the show with Jewish text study and discussion of Jewish values transforms a fun day at the theater into a meaningful experience with the potential to yield lasting rewards.

Limited seats to Mean Girls are available through Moving Traditions’ group ticket sales through September 15, and those who wish can attend just the brunch/workshop for $18. For more information and to register, visit movingtraditions.org/meangirlsphilly or contact Berger at [email protected].

Bari Weiss2019 Main Event

Join us for The Main Event, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s biggest night of the year. The event features keynote speaker Bari Weiss, The New York Times opinion section writer and editor, and author of the forthcoming book How to Fight Anti-Semitism. Mark your calendars: It’s sure to be a memorable evening not to be missed.


Thursday, November 14

Kimmel Center

300 S. Broad St.


5:30–7:00 p.m. Cocktail reception

7:00 p.m. Program

8:00 p.m. Dessert


Bari Weiss is a writer and editor for The New York Times opinion section who has been recognized as a leading journalist and commentator. Previously, Weiss was an opinion editor at The Wall Street Journal and, before that, a senior editor at the Jewish online magazine Tablet, where she edited the site’s political and news coverage. Weiss’ debut book How to Fight Anti-Semitism will be published by Crown on September 3.


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