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A Chanukah Gift: Sex and Judaism, You’re Welcome!

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Lisa Ellen Niverhttp://www.wesaidgotravel.com/
Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one and a quarter million views (1,250,000) on her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blogs and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her own site, We Said Go Travel. From 2017 to 2020 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won three times and been a finalist fourteen times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards. She was also a finalist for four other categories including online journalist of the year, digital story for activism journalism with Ms. Magazine, educational reporting for Wharton Magazine and a broadcast lifestyle feature for KTLA TV in Los Angeles.    Niver won a 2019 NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award for one of her KTLA TV segments and was a finalist for articles published in both Ms. Magazine and Wharton Magazine. In 2018,  she was a finalist for stories in Smithsonian, PopSugar Fitness and the Saturday Evening Post. Niver won a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal and was a finalist for travel reporting. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, TODAY, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

“Sex & Judaism, You’re Welcome” is a free online learning program of B’Yachad Together at AJU (American Jewish University) which offers immersive experiential digital learning.

Laura Berman’s Prescription for Passion: Whether you are trying to keep your relationship healthy, meet new people, or hang out, navigating love and intimacy in this pandemic is no picnic. While we have little sense how it will shape longer term outcomes, such as divorce, marriage and birth rate, we do know there are steps we can take today to help us build new muscles and skills of intimacy which we so desperately need. As part of the series Sex and Judaism (You’re welcome!), Dr. Laura Berman–the world’s leading expert in sex, love and relationships and friend of Oprah–gives us the passion prescription to heighten our relationships.

Read Dr. Berman’s book: Quantum Love: Use Your Body’s Atomic Energy to Create the Relationship You Desire

Dr. Berman recommended her Athena Waterproof Mini-Massager

Facebook Live: Dr. Laura Berman and Rabbi Sherre Hirsch

The Orthodox Sex Guru: Bat Sheva Marcus is on a mission to take the shame, pain, and stigma out of women’s sexual health regardless of their religious practices. As the founder of the Maze Women’s Center for Sexual Health, she is seeing a rise in financial, emotional, and physical stressors that exacerbate and challenge relationships. Dr. Marcus will be in conversation with Rabbi Sherre Hirsch as they discuss how every woman deserves a happy and fulfilling sex life and how to achieve one, even in the most difficult of times.

Bat Sheva defined sex as “any activity for one or more where the goal is orgasm.”

Facebook Live: Bat Sheva Marcus and Rabbi Sherre Hirsch

Using Jewish Wisdom to Guide Healthy Sexual Intimacy: We are surrounded by sex. Sex fills our media, the stories in the news, the lyrics of our popular music, the content of our entertainment. It is all out in the open. But is this good for us? Good for our children? Dr. David Ribner, founder and director of the Sex Therapy Training Program, School of Social Work, Bar-Ilan University, Israel is an Orthodox rabbi and certified sex therapist in Israel and the U.S. will discuss what is “good sex.” How do the traditions of Jewish wisdom guide us toward healthy, ethical,, even holy sex? Dr. Ribner will be interviewed by Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom.

Read Dr. Ribner’s book: I Am for My Beloved: A Guide to Enhanced Intimacy for Married Couples

Find Dr. Ribner on Facebook at Kosher Sensuality

Facebook Live: Dr. Ribner and Rabbi Ed Feinstein


What Skills Do Couples Need Right Now? After eight months in lockdown, every relationship is under pressure. Stress is high, tolerance is low, and everyone is feeling the strain. We welcome Rabbi Raffi Bilek, LCSW-C, to share key takeaways that every relationship needs right now. Join now for this must-hear conversation with Rabbi Sherre Hirsch.

Rabbi Bilek defined domestic abuse as “a pattern of controlling behaviors designed to intimidate or control the other person–it can be physical, emotional, sexual, financial or psychological.”

Both Rabbi Hirsch and Rabbi Bilek said, “You are not alone. We are here to help. If you need help, ask for help.”

Facebook Live: Rabbi Bilek and Rabbi Hirsch

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