A Chanukah Gift: Sex & Judaism, You’re Welcome!


“Sex & Judaism, You’re Welcome” is a free online learning program of B’Yachad Together at AJU (American Jewish University) which offers immersive experiential digital learning.

Laura Berman’s Prescription for Passion: Whether you are trying to keep your relationship healthy, meet new people, or hang out, navigating love and intimacy in this pandemic is no picnic. While we have little sense how it will shape longer term outcomes, such as divorce, marriage and birth rate, we do know there are steps we can take today to help us build new muscles and skills of intimacy which we so desperately need. As part of the series Sex and Judaism (You’re welcome!), Dr. Laura Berman–the world’s leading expert in sex, love and relationships and friend of Oprah–gives us the passion prescription to heighten our relationships.

Read Dr. Berman’s book: Quantum Love: Use Your Body’s Atomic Energy to Create the Relationship You Desire

Dr. Berman recommended her Athena Waterproof Mini-Massager

Facebook Live: Dr. Laura Berman and Rabbi Sherre Hirsch

The Orthodox Sex Guru: Bat Sheva Marcus is on a mission to take the shame, pain, and stigma out of women’s sexual health regardless of their religious practices. As the founder of the Maze Women’s Center for Sexual Health, she is seeing a rise in financial, emotional, and physical stressors that exacerbate and challenge relationships. Dr. Marcus will be in conversation with Rabbi Sherre Hirsch as they discuss how every woman deserves a happy and fulfilling sex life and how to achieve one, even in the most difficult of times.

Bat Sheva defined sex as “any activity for one or more where the goal is orgasm.”

Facebook Live: Bat Sheva Marcus and Rabbi Sherre Hirsch

Using Jewish Wisdom to Guide Healthy Sexual Intimacy: We are surrounded by sex. Sex fills our media, the stories in the news, the lyrics of our popular music, the content of our entertainment. It is all out in the open. But is this good for us? Good for our children? Dr. David Ribner, founder and director of the Sex Therapy Training Program, School of Social Work, Bar-Ilan University, Israel is an Orthodox rabbi and certified sex therapist in Israel and the U.S. will discuss what is “good sex.” How do the traditions of Jewish wisdom guide us toward healthy, ethical,, even holy sex? Dr. Ribner will be interviewed by Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom.

Read Dr. Ribner’s book: I Am for My Beloved: A Guide to Enhanced Intimacy for Married Couples

Find Dr. Ribner on Facebook at Kosher Sensuality

Facebook Live: Dr. Ribner and Rabbi Ed Feinstein

What Skills Do Couples Need Right Now? After eight months in lockdown, every relationship is under pressure. Stress is high, tolerance is low, and everyone is feeling the strain. We welcome Rabbi Raffi Bilek, LCSW-C, to share key takeaways that every relationship needs right now. Join now for this must-hear conversation with Rabbi Sherre Hirsch.

Rabbi Bilek defined domestic abuse as “a pattern of controlling behaviors designed to intimidate or control the other person–it can be physical, emotional, sexual, financial or psychological.”

Both Rabbi Hirsch and Rabbi Bilek said, “You are not alone. We are here to help. If you need help, ask for help.”

Facebook Live: Rabbi Bilek and Rabbi Hirsch

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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