Lahav’s “Marriage Essentials” workshop is a combination of some of the world’s leading programs in the field of marriage education. This includes ideas from the world famous PAIRS, PREP, and Gottman methods, also used in the Shalom Workshops. More importantly, the workshops incorporate the wisdom and beauty of the Torah as transmitted to us through Chazal and the giants of Mussar and Machshava.
Although the workshops may seem to have little religious content, they are truly “bein adom l’chavairo” concepts, as even the secular methods stem from Torah foundations. Additionally, the classes are run by frum facilitators, creating an inspiring Kiddush Hashem and helping break down stereotypes and misconceptions of religious Jews.
Over the years, Lahav approached various Government ministries in its quest to receive government help. Unfortunately, the uniqueness of our project did not match any clear-cut category for funding. In 2011, Lahav met with staff from the Prime Ministers Office, and while intrigued by the scope and size of our program, they were unable to identify an appropriate budget category for funding.
However, the Prime Minister’s Office did note available funds for a project to strengthen new marriages. After closer inspection, they concluded that Lahav was involved with probably the largest amount of couples getting married in the country. Therefore, the Prime Minister’s Office offered that Lahav create and run a workshop series for these couples, in addition to the Lahav Chasan and Kallah classes.
By 2012, Lahav had created and began running its “Marriage Essentials” workshop.