Effective Relationship Program

January 30, 2015 by Annette Sweet
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The National Council of Jewish Women of Australia Victorian Section is offering a nine session program to support single Jewish women improve their intimate relationships.

Brenda Heideman and Gail Keiser

Brenda Heideman with Gail Keiser

This has been made possible through a community assist grant from Gandel Philanthropy.

“Gandel Philanthropy is pleased to provide funding for the initiatives of NCJWA(Vic). Programs that provide support for marginalised and vulnerable Jewish women in the community are well aligned with the ethos of Gandel Philanthropy,” said Nicole Brittain, Grant Manager for Jewish and Israel Programs.

“As a Jewish women’s organisation we are pleased to provide a program that enables single Jewish women with the opportunity to strengthen their relationships and rebuild their lives post separation or relationship breakdown. We are indebted to Gandel Philanthropy for recognising the importance of assisting this cohort of women,” said Annette Sweet Program & Events Manager

Often in relationships, people can get stuck in the same relationship style, repeating similar relationships with different partners. They may find themselves withholding who they truly are for fear of rejection, which prevents them from establishing truly intimate bonds. This course aims to help single Jewish women deepen their understanding of themselves and their relationship style.

It covers structures of relationships to allow women to engage mindfully towards creating greater intimacy in relationships. The focus is also on understanding oneself and one’s relationships living within the context of the Melbourne Jewish community. Previous participants have described the program as being life changing with comments such as

“I absolutely feel more confidant and comfortable in my skin. I can see positive things happening for me in the future because I am accepting of things coming my way. Even if certain things do not eventuate, I am ok with that too”

“Very helpful in gaining a greater understanding, more confidence in me and in relationships”

“Changed the way I think about why I was making my choices and who I am….Amazing experience.”

The program is facilitated by Melbourne psychologist, Brenda Heideman, and runs fortnightly for 9 sessions on Wednesday evenings, commencing in February 2015

at NCJWA(Vic) premises, The Eva Besen Centre, 131-133 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield

Cost $50 for the 9 sessions. A babysitting subsidy is available on request.

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