Over 100 men filled a large classroom in Glueck Beis Medrash on April 1 for a wonderful program spearheaded by Isaac Attia, President of SOY-JSC, called “A Conversation on Dating.” The event was sponsored by SOY-JSC, YUConnects, RIETS and the YU Counseling Center. The panelists included Rabbi Ari Sytner, Director of Community Initiatives, CJF, Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky, Rosh Yeshiva, Dr. Efrat Sobolofsky, Director of YUConnects and Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, Rebbe at SBMP. Rabbi Sytner moderated the evening by introducing the panelists and posed common questions which frequent the YUConnects office. Rabbi Sobolofsky shared Torah insights on dating and marriage, practical pointers to consider before dating and emphasized the compatibility factors that matter. Dr. Efrat Sobolofsky elaborated with easy and useful tips to get started dating and moved through the beginning stages of a relationship. Rabbi Maybruch concluded the panel with secrets to moving a relationship forward using specific examples of appreciating the other person and ways to offer compliments.
The program began at 9:30 PM and ended close to midnight due to the volume of questions and a lively Q & A eloquently moderated by Rabbi Sytner. Since the popular forum, many young men have visited the YUConnects office to gain guidance on relationships or to learn more about the organization. Educational activities such as this one, which pool together the unique resources at Yeshiva University and expand the outreach of YUConnects to the student population enhance its reputation as a premier relationship-building program. Similar programs and other interesting lectures can be found on YUTorah.