The Chatan and Kallah Teacher Training Workshop
The registration period is now closed. Thank you for your interest in the program.
The need for better training of kallah and chatan teachers
Kallah and chatan teachers are often on the front lines of preparing couples for married life, and in some cases for their first sexual encounters. We believe that they can have a significant and lasting impact on a couple's sexual experience and overall marriage.
Unfortunately, too many kallah and chatan teachers are unprepared for this role, having been provided with information and resources that are rudimentary at best, and at times entirely incorrect.
They are often provided with limited, if any, halakhic options to discuss with participants and don't have the primary text mastery to fully understand what they are teaching.
Additionally, many are understandably uncomfortable talking openly and frankly about sex.
About the CKTT Workshop
For four days, participants in our workshops spend time looking at primary halakhic sources and discussing a wide range of positions on issue of hilkhot niddah. They also explore some of their preconceived sexual biases and come to understand the wide range of the human sexual response cycle.
To date, we have trained over fifty teachers. Our teachers come from across North America, Israel, and the UK, and they return home to teach kallot and/or chatanim in their home communities. We ask that our teachers commit to guiding at least five kallot and/or chatanim in the two years following their participation in our workshop.
Who should apply?
Applicants should be committed to learning the full range of halakhic options when it comes to hilkhot niddah, and they should aspire to become comfortable discussing sex and sexuality frankly and openly.
Location: Riverdale, NY
Cost: $250 participation fee
This represents a fraction of the actual program cost per student which includes travel subsidies, food, lectures, materials, and home hospitality.
Travel reimbursements are available. If this fee represents financial hardship, please be in touch.
Class Size: 10-18 students in total, comprised of men and women
- Niddah D'oraitta and D'rabbanan
- What Is “Normal” Sex?: Expanding our Parameters in Thinking and Talking about Sex
- Dam and Ketamim
- The First Night and Halakha: Dam Betulim and Biat Mitzvah
- The Menstrual Cycle
- Huppat Niddah and Scheduling the Wedding
- Male and Female Sexual Reproductive Cycle
- The Bottom Line: How Do I Create a Course That Works?
Most of the sessions will be conducted with men and women together, but there will be some separate-gender discussion sessions.
Rabba Sara Hurwitz
Rabbi Dov Linzer
Rabbi Jeffrey Fox
Bat Sheva Marcus, PhD
Valerie Altman, MD
Past Kallah Teacher Workshops in the Press
Three Jews, Zero Opinions
by Rabbi Daniel Braune-Friedman
The Torch Blog
August 3, 2015
The Joy of Sex Ed
by Hannah Dreyfus
New York Jewish Week
July 14, 2015
Among Orthodox Jews, More Openness on Sexuality
by Debra Nussbaum Cohen
New York Times
May 3, 2008
Promoting Healthy Sex Lives — the Orthodox Way
by Debra Nussbaum Cohen
The Forward - Sisterhood Blog
March 8, 2011
Orthodox plan to teach brides halachah of sex
by Dina Brawer
March 24, 2011
Orthodox women offer franker advice on sex
by Elise Kigner
April 1, 2011