2014-12-09 21.42.20Despite a severe Nor’easter affecting the New York area, a large crowd attended the YUConnects’ “Game Plan for Successful Dating” Panel on the Beren Campus, December 9th. Co-sponsored by the Stern student leadership club, TAC, and the YU Counseling Center, the presenters fashioned an exciting educational event that focused on everyday issues encountered in the dating arena. One young woman enthusiastically emailed afterward that, “…each speaker had their own unique perspective which gave us amazing ‘takeaway’ useful tips. Thank you for putting it together!”

Rabbi Josh Blass, Mashgiach Ruchani at YU, focused on maximizing college years to grow in personal and professional aspirations. Kindness, self-reflection and shared values are all essential building blocks in establishing lasting relationships, he explained. Mrs. Robin Niman, Mental Health Counselor at Project S.A.R.A.H. and licensed therapist, then relayed important differences between healthy versus unhealthy dating relationships by giving fascinating and relevant examples. Dr. Efrat Sobolofsky, Director of YUConnects differentiated between maintaining a healthy degree of privacy while dating versues sharing “TMI” with friends. She encouraged young women to gain proper guidance while dating and seek professional help when necessary.  The presentation ended with Dr. Yael Muskat, Director of the YU Counseling Center, offering constructive resources available on campus for women and men.

The panel was successfully facilitated by Brooke Reich and Kira Rhine, social work interns at YUConnects. Following the formal presentations, there was an additional half hour of questions and Q & A where the Stern students asked compelling queries that concern their dating lives. Nearly 30 questions were submitted, resulting in engaging, engrossing and even entertaining answers! Game Plan for Successful Dating 

YUConnects, Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future’s one-stop dating resource, is celebrating its 182ndengagement this week, with more to come! A special “Chanukah Meet and Greet” is planned on Monday December 15thon Wilf Campus, an informative educational panel for the men in February plus a number of unique social events. All are welcome to learn more by going to www.yuconnects.com or emailing yuconnects@yu.edu. Feel free to share promotional code “miracle” in honor of Channukah with friends and family interested in joining YUConnects.com. Chanukah Meet and Greet


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