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Shalom Task Force Launches New Dating Program for Men

(Courtesy of Shalom Task Force) This past week, Shalom Task Force (STF) began beating a new path in the world of dating and relationship education. In partnership with YU Connects and JLIC Connects, STF launched the Dating with Purpose group for men in shidduchim. This unique group, a combination of education workshop and discussion group, gives young men in the parsha the opportunity to come together with their peers, learn about relationship dynamics and the psychology of the dating process, and what they can do to make the most of their experience in this often confusing and challenging time of life.

The first session, which took place on Feb. 9, focused on the concept of self-awareness. The group discussed different aspects of how the concept plays out in everyday life, and how to harness it in order to be purposeful and intentional about dating. Deep questions were asked, and there was a lively give-and-take among the participants.

Facilitated by Yeshaya Kraus, LCSW, a therapist in private practice and the community education manager for Shalom Task Force, this program meets a need for the frum community. “Relationships are so much more fulfilling when they’re intentional,” Yeshaya explained. “There are many young people who start dating because it’s a checkbox they feel they’re up to checking off. With a little effort, the experience can be so much more than that.”

The new program will meet every other week for a total of six sessions, with each session addressing a different topic. Topics will include building an emotional connection, managing nervousness, healthy versus unhealthy relationships, and the role of a mentor in the dating world.

Community response to the program has been very positive, and STF will be launching a cohort for young women as well. To find out more about the program, or any other STF educational programs, contact Kraus at [email protected].

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