Creating the Jewish Marriage you Want

Mayyim Hayyim's five-session seminar for engaged and recently married couples (0-5 years) that provides tools to solidify a strong partnership and explore different ways of creating a Jewish home, facilitated by Judy Elkin, PCC. 

Sessions cover topics such as couplehood, decision-making and money, Jewish ritual, sexuality, and building a Jewish family.


Each session covers the following core questions:


  • How will our lives change once we are married?
  • How do we identify our identity as a Jewish family?

Decision-making and Financial Management

  • How do we negotiate important decisions for our family honestly and respectfully?
  • How will we manage our money?
  • How can tzedakah, giving to others, play a role in our lives?

Jewish Ritual

  • How does Judaism sanctify marriage?
  • How can Jewish rituals help mark important transitions, such as deciding when and how to begin a family?
  • How might we relate to the ritual of mikveh within our marriage, on our own terms?


  • What does Judaism teach about sex in marriage?
  • How do we build and maintain a healthy sex life?

Building a Jewish Family

  • What does 'a Jewish family' mean to us?
  • How will our marriage change if we choose to have children?

"I noticed a marked change in the quality of interaction between my partner and myself throughout taking this course. We learned so much that was immediately useful and will continue to prove helpful throughout our marriage."

-Cohort 4 Participant 


This program is made possible by a generous grant from 

Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah