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The Partnership Project (Marriage for Life)

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In a relationship, taking the next step toward commitment can be exciting. It can also be an opportunity to lay the groundwork for all that is to come. If you are at a pivotal moment—recently engaged, newly married, or ready to commit to a lifelong relationship, join us for a weekend experience in relationship building.

For more than 50 years, The Partnership Project (formerly Marriage for Life) has guided partners to form stronger relationships through insights and practical skills. During the three-day retreat, participants receive tailored teachings and leave with enhanced communication skills, a deeper understanding of their partners, and practical strategies for navigating the ups and downs of their shared lives. The principles discussed about the foundation of relationships are rooted in Jewish teachings.

Our program is inclusive of and relevant to all, including interfaith and LGBTQ+ couples, those from liberal or traditional Jewish backgrounds, and anyone else dedicated to learning about the project of partnership.

Newly Committed

If you are recently engaged, newly married, or contemplating making a lifelong commitment, join us for a weekend designed just for you. Gain the tools you need to understand your relationship and make it happier and more fulfilling.

Upcoming Retreat: February 23-25, 2024 SOLD OUT!

Let us know if you’d like to be notified about our next retreat. Check The Partnership Project on the contract form below.

Ten Years and Counting

Created for those in committed relationships of a decade or more, in 10 Years and Counting we spend time addressing the challenges and opportunities that come with mature partnerships. You will leave with improved communication techniques, insights, and practical skills that support growth in your relationship.

Upcoming Retreat: TBD

What to Expect

The program’s evidence-based curriculum supports partners as they identify their ideal relationships and co-create a shared vision. Couples leave the course with the tools and support they need to build an enduring relationship.

During the weekend, couples will:
– Identify areas of strength and growth in intimacy, communication, finances, lifestyle, family, religion, and more
– Learn communication tools to resolve conflict with respect and love
– Discover how family history influences marriage
– Discuss expectations and hot topics, values, and traditions
– Address financial planning and emotional aspects of money

The Partnership Project is hosted at the beautiful Brandeis-Bardin Campus of American Jewish University from Friday through Sunday. All retreats include sessions with licensed therapists, a rabbi, and a financial planner. Accommodations and meals are included in the cost of the program.

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The Brandeis-Bardin Campus

The Brandeis-Bardin Campus of American Jewish University is the home of BCI and serves as a beacon of Jewish culture and education. Nestled in the scenic hills of Simi Valley, the campus is celebrated for its captivating architecture that complements the natural landscape and provides an inspiring environment for artistic exploration and community engagement. This thriving center offers a host of diverse programs centered around Jewish learning, creativity, and social responsibility.

This was a great weekend for my partner and I to strengthen our relationship. In particular, the conflict resolution work provided us with helpful tools to manage difficult situations.”

The weekend was magical. I learned so much more about myself, my partner, and our relationship. We had an amazing time. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and kind. The group of peers was also so nice. My partner and I plan to continue practicing curious dialogue and appreciations weekly. We plan to continue going through the material and feel we walked away with a very helpful packet that we can look back to as needed. I want every friend to go on this and can’t say enough good things about it.

“It was truly an amazing weekend, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to attend, learn, grow, and participate. We feel so much closer and stronger as a couple and greatly appreciated being with a group and realizing that many of our struggles are common amongst other couples and solvable. I would recommend this to everyone.”