Clergy Invited to Participate in PAIRS Relationship Seminar

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

December 14, 2006, New York, NY

Rabbis and cantors are invited to participate in the Rabbi Morris Gordon PAIRS Relationship Seminar, a two–day workshop designed to enhance skills in counseling couples and families. The seminar is part of the four–day Rabbi Morris Gordon Seminar in Pastoral Care and Counseling.

A program of The Rabbinical School of The Jewish Theological Seminary, the seminar is underwritten by a bequest to JTS by Dr. Lori H. Gordon on behalf of the Gordon Family Trust. Sessions will take place from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at JTS, 3080 Broadway in New York City. The PAIRS Relationship Seminar will take place on Monday and Tuesday, January 8–9. Dr. Gordon, who with her late husband, Rabbi Morris Gordon, co–founded the PAIRS Foundation, will facilitate the seminar.

PAIRS is a nationally acclaimed, carefully crafted skill and research based curriculum for couples and individuals in any stage of a relationship. The text, PrePAIRS for Jewish Marriage, co–authored by Rabbi Gordon and the late Rabbi Sidney Greenberg, clearly presents the teachings and values of Jewish tradition and the wisdom of the sages. Given the nature of the seminar, spouses and significant others of the participants are invited to take part in the training.

Participants in the seminar will learn, among other skills, to teach the biblical model of intimate relationships and bonding that underpin the relationship road map and the sanctity of the husband–and–wife relationship; synthesize biblical teachings; confide and complain non–destructively; listen with empathy; clarify hidden expectations and unspoken assumptions; use relationship strengthening problem solving skills; and sustain the Jewish home as a source of blessing and a sanctuary.

Rabbi Gordon, z"l, was ordained at JTS and founded eight congregations in the greater metropolitan Washington, DC area. He also served as President of the Rabbinical Assembly of Greater Washington, and as Chairman of the Washington Board of Rabbis and Honorary Life Chair of its Annual Kallah Education Conference.

The seminar will continue on January 10–11 with programs open to students in The Rabbinical School and H.L. Miller Cantorial School. "What Clergy Need to Know About Mental Illness" will take place on January 10 and "Trauma, Crisis Intervention and Coping With Disaster" will meet on January 11. For further information and to RSVP, contact Amy Kodsi at (212) 678–8817 or email.

Editors/Reporters: For further information please contact Sherry Kirschenbaum in the Department of Communications at (212) 678–8953 or email.

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