To Strengthen Family Life, OU Presents Positive Jewish Relationships as a Shabbat Program, Nov 2-3

11 Oct 2007


Adding to its roster of programs to strengthen the Jewish family, the Orthodox Union, in conjunction with the West Side Institutional Synagogue, will present Positive Jewish Relationships, Friday evening, November 2 and Saturday, November 3. The event will be held at the synagogue, 120 West 76 Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues) in Manhattan, and is open to the synagogue community and to the general public.

Positive Jewish Relationships is a national program of the OU’s Department of Community Services and will feature outstanding mental health professionals in the field of human interaction.

“This program will target both singles as well as married in focusing upon key aspects for developing and maintaining great relationships throughout the years,” declared Frank Buchweitz, National Director of Community Services and Special Projects.

“In terms of the singles population we want to stem the tide of divorce and incompatibility by sharing information on selecting the right mate. Marriage can never be taken for granted. Relationships must be worked at by both husband and wife to ensure success,” he said.

Friday evening at 7:00 pm, at the Sabbath dinner, Dr. David Pelcovitz will present What Predicts Success in Relationships: Psychological and Jewish Insights into What “Matters” in Choosing a Future Mate. He is a clinical child psychologist, who holds the Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Chair in Jewish Education at Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, where he is also Special Assistant to the President of the University.

At 10:30 on Shabbat morning, as part of the services, OU Executive Vice President, Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, who is also a clinical psychologist, will speak on Sanctity and Sanity: When Does the Spiritual Seeker Need Psychotherapy?

Dr. Pelcovitz returns at 4:15 pm prior to mincha to speak on Effective Communication Techniques in Marriage.

The program will conclude during the third Sabbath meal, at 6:00 pm, with Rabbi Dr. John Krug on Relationships: United or Untied? Depends on Where You Put the “I.” He earned his Ph.D and semicha from Yeshiva University, and is currently the Dean of Student Life and Welfare at the Frisch School in New Jersey.

For dinner costs and reservations and for more information contact the OU at 212-613-8188 or the synagogue at 212-877-7652.