News from HUC-JIR's Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Premarital counseling is a rewarding challenge for rabbis; it has been shown to be beneficial for engaged couples and promotes more satisfying and fulfilled marriages. On April 9, 2010, The Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health hosted its third annual Pre-Marital Counseling workshop at the HUC-JIR/LA campus.  This year rabbinic students from HUC-JIR and from AJU's Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies came together to learn with Michele Prince, the director of the Kalsman Institute, Harriet Rosen, one of the authors of The Aleph-Bet of Marriage, and Rabbi Cheryl Pertz, the Associate Dean of the Ziegler School.  Students role-played difficult couples, discussed research and shared resources.  After the workshop ended, one student noted that the workshop”helped give me new insight…and opened up the door for future conversations.” The Premarital Counseling workshop provides an opportunity for rabbinic students at HUC and AJU to collaborate, dialogue and learn how the wisdom of Judaism applies to marriage and relationships.


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