Before the Chuppah

  • March 16 - 23, 2024
  • Congregation Rodeph Sholom

    7 West 83rd Street
    New York, New York 10024
Ticket Price $720.00-$836.00 This event is now over



A two-day workshop for modern couples taking the next step in their commitment to each other.


Before the Chuppah is a contemporary premarital counseling program with a strengths-based, wellness-focused approach to relationship health. This unique partnership between Before the Leap and CRS blends evidence-based psychological skills with Jewish tradition and spiritual teachings to provide group didactics and private couples exercises. Before the Chuppah harnesses excitement for the future to promote greater connection and a solid foundation as couples move into the next step of their relationships. The workshop enthusiastically welcomes interfaith and LGTBQ+ couples and is conducted in-person.


Created and led by licensed clinical psychologist and couple’s therapist Dr. Annabelle Seife and Rabbi Ben Spratt, Senior Rabbi of Congregation Rodeph Sholom


Saturday, March 16 – 1:00 to 5:00 PM 
Saturday, March 23 – 1:00 to 5:00 PM 
Both sessions are in-person with a light lunch included.

Members: $720 per couple
Non-Members: $836 per couple
(Eligible for out of network reimbursement) 


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Day One focuses on developing the three skills essential to lasting and satisfied partnerships: 1) managing and sharing emotions; 2) communicating effectively; and 3) healthy conflict. Dr. Seife and Rabbi Spratt interweave these skills with Jewish wisdom and spiritual reflection. 


Day Two focuses on discussing key topics for premarital preparation, while practicing and refining the Day One skills. The topics include, but are not limited to: managing finances, spiritual practice, work-life balance, sustaining intimacy over time, and navigating boundaries with family. Rabbi Spratt and Dr. Seife provide hands-on support each step of the way to facilitate healthy communication during these important conversations. 


Couples who have completed Dr. Seife's Before the Leap workshops in the past report feeling better able to handle conflict, better able to communicate effectively, and better prepared for their shared future. In addition to these new skills, couples leave with a binder full of personalized reference materials to support them in the years ahead. 


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Dr. Annabelle Moore Seife is a licensed clinical psychologist and couples therapist who grew up in the Rodeph Sholom community. She is the founder of Before the Leap and specializes in couples therapy at Therapists of New York, a group practice in midtown Manhattan where she sees individuals and couples for therapy and supervises the couples therapy training program. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Seife has conducted original research on romantic relationships, attachment, and sexuality. Read More 


Rabbi Ben Spratt is the Senior Rabbi of New York City’s historic Congregation Rodeph Sholom. Since 2001, he has filled various positions within the organization. Rabbi Spratt’s Jewish journey moved through the Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Renewal, and Reform movements of Judaism before becoming ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He centers his rabbinate on the values of connection, collaboration, and belonging. Read More 



You may request a refund until Monday, February 19th. All requests must be sent in writing to 

Date & Time

Mar 16, 2024 1:00 PM - Mar 23, 2024 5:00 PM

Venue Details

Congregation Rodeph Sholom

7 West 83rd Street
New York, New York 10024 Congregation Rodeph Sholom
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