Learn how to achieve greater success in balancing relationships.
Join an interactive workshop facilitated by Miriam Miller
and enjoy the group dynamics in one of these three choices:
1. For singles: What are Relationships? What is Marriage?
How do I know I’m ready?
A six hour workshop for anyone who is not currently married but would like to be in the not so distant future. This workshop defines the goals of the marital relationship in order to help us identify our destination. Once you know where you’re going, it will be easier to plan how to get there.
2. For mothers, mentors or matchmakers, or anyone who is interfacing with the wanna-be-married-single, Addressing Every Single Concern:
Part 1: Introduction: Learn why the mother is in a unique position to influence her child in the realm of relationships. What is the goal of marriage? Where can you increase awareness of yourself and of your child, and the choices that can influence the process?
Part 2: The mother’s experience: Explore how you are experiencing a parallel journey whilst your child seeks his / her life partner, and how that makes a difference.
Part 3: The child’s experience: How can you know what your child is experiencing throughout the shidduch process? Why is it helpful for you to understand it?
Part 4: Between mother and child: How do you and your shidduch –seeking child interact? Is it helping your child towards his/ her independent marital relationship?
Part 5: Practical: Explore social rules, cultures, shadchan issues and practical tips that make a difference.
3. For Kallah teachers, mentors and matchmakers:
Mental – Health first aid
This six-hour workshop will help participants identify significant issues in the (aspiring) bride or groom that may threaten the health of their relationship. Preparing a bride for marriage is not just about teaching the laws of family purity; it is also about escorting the Kallah to the chuppah and attending to her needs as a newly-wed. The Kallah teacher needs to provide a safe space where the bride can be heard and understood. Sometimes, the Kallah teacher will be alerted by what was said – or even not said. The teacher may hear confusion, fear, hesitation or be privy to secrets that are being revealed for the first time.
And then how shall the teacher respond?
Issues such as types of mental illness, post trauma, unhealthy relationship patterns, poor body image, signs of current (control) abuse or addiction, eating disorders and so on will be addressed.
The purpose of this workshop is not to turn the Kallah teacher into a therapist, but to provide tools to calmly identify potential problems, respond and refer appropriately.