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The S.H.A.L.O.M. Workshop (Starting Healthy And Long-lasting Marriages) is a highly successful premarital education program that aims to prepare engaged couples for a healthy and successful marriage. Many hundreds of engaged and newly married couples have attended this innovative workshop that teaches them how to increase understanding and sensitivity to each other’s feelings, communicate effectively, build a sense of mutual respect, promote self confidence in each other, utilize valuable tools for conflict resolution and gain better financial awareness.

It is a fact of life that young couples today face more demands than ever before. The typical complex marriage - managing two careers while rearing children - requires that couples have very strong, well-established abilities to communicate, resolve issues, maintain mutuality and set goals. Without this foundation, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by stress and time pressures. Problems can intrude much more easily than most couples realize. Marriage preparation can function as an immunization that boosts a couple’s capacity to handle potential difficulties. According to a U.S. Advisory Committee on Marriage, “pre-marital education could help reduce divorces by as much as 30%.”  

The feedback to the S.H.A.L.O.M. Workshop has been outstanding.

      • 91% said that they were better able to talk about their true feelings

      • 87% said they learned how to talk more respectfully

      • 96% learned how to resolve their differences more effectively

      • 95% reported that they learned how to become better listeners

      • 97% said they learned some valuable communication tools that they can use to discuss      

difficult issues.

      • 84% said they learned how to express their opinions and ideas more clearly.

​Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D. and other Rabbanim have endorsed the workshop and we strongly recommend all engaged couples register for the S.H.A.L.O.M. Workshop. It is given in groups or individually, on an ongoing basis in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Far Rockaway/Five Towns, Great Neck, Monsey, Lakewood, and Passaic and arrangements can be made for other locations as well.

The goal of the S.H.A.L.O.M. Workshop is to teach engaged and married couples practical tools to achieve a healthy marriage. The ability to easily and effectively meet each other's emotional needs helps build a strong foundation for a true Bayis Ne'eman B'Yisrael.


In just one or two sessions, the couple will cover important topics including  increased understanding and sensitivity to each other's feelings, effectively communicating through a sense of mutual respect, promoting self confidence in each other, and financial management This workshop is an important addition to traditional Chosson/Kallah classes. Participants emerge with a deeper self-knowledge and the tools to build a happy, successful, and long-lasting marriage.


The workshop is offered in both group and private settings to meet the needs of individual couples and the community.

This workshop has a fee of $150.

The PAIRS Essentials S.H.A.L.O.M. Workshop Edition is based on PAIRS, which is a registered trademark and used under license from the PAIRS Foundation. All rights reserved. For more information, visit www.pairs.com.




"The workshop reinforces ideal skills that seem intuitive but sometimes are not. I will be better able to handle disagreements if/when they come up. Excellent all around!"

—  F.J.



Who are your Rabbinic and Professional Endorsements?

What is the S.H.A.L.O.M. Workshop?

The S.H.A.L.O.M. Workshop is an educational program designed for all engaged, newly married and not-so-newly married couples. It is not therapy. The goal is to teach helpful skills to aid in communication, gain greater self-awareness and teach helpful hints on enhancing the relationship.
Harav Reuven Feinstein
Harav Shmuel Kameneztky
Harav Matisyahu Salomon
Harav Herschel Schachter
Dr. David Pelcovitz
Harav Mordechai Willig
Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski
Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
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Why take the workshop?

The SHALOM Workshop gives engaged and married couples practical tools to achieve their relationship potential.

You need only to read some of the testimonials by participants and professionals to realize how beneficial it is. We help in turning a good relationship into a great one! Join the many happy couples who have said that we really made a difference.

Does the couple come to the workshop together?

Yes.  The way that our workshop is structured, the couple must come together.

Do we (the Chosson and Kallah) both have to register?

No. Only one person from each couple has to register. 

Is there a fee for the workshop?

The cost of the workshop is $150.The workshop is offered as a service to our community as part of the STF Healthy Marriage program.When considering all the fees involved in planning a wedding, this small amount is definitely worth it! Remember, a wedding lasts an evening; a marriage lasts a lifetime!

Where and when is the workshop given?

The workshop is currently offered in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Far Rockaway/Five Towns, Great Neck, Monsey, Lakewood, and Passaic. Upcoming workshops are posted on this website. Additional workshops, including groups for shuls and organizations, may be set up at other times and in other areas upon request.

Who has taken the workshop?

Since the program began in May 2007, approximately 1500 engaged and married couples have participated. They come from many different segments of the Jewish community and range in age from 18 - 65+. Our participants have been yeshiva and college students, working, professionals and even retirees.

Who gives the workshops?

The workshops are given by highly qualified individuals who have been specifically and extensively trained to give this course.