2nd International “Historic” Knesset Seminar

on Pre-Marriage Education

On November 8, 2017, the Knesset convened a Seminar on Pre-Marriage Education co-hosted by MK Yehudah Glick and the nonprofit Together in Happiness – B’Yachad B’Osher.

For the first time in the nation’s history, the concept of integrating Pre-Marriage Education as a formal and potentially legal component of Israeli marriage was discussed at the highest levels. At the Knesset meeting, pre-marriage education was presented as a preventative response to the rising number of divorces. 

The conference featured a number of prominent MKs from across the Israeli political spectrum, Israeli & international experts, who along with the Knesset members discussed the impact of family breakdown in our economy, our society and our future. 

In initiating the seminar, our goal was to raise awareness regarding pre-marriage education and demonstrate conclusively its cost and social benefits for Israeli society. The occasion for the seminar was to provide support for legislation being considered by the Knesset for subsidizing pre-marriage education.

Dr. Howard J. Markman considered the “Father of Marriage Education” delivered the keynote address: “Why Pre-marriage Education Holds the Key for the Future and is Cost Effective.” 

Dr. Markman, used data from his scientifically researched and world acclaimed pre-marriage education curriculum PREP (Prevention Relationship Education Program) to convince the attendees of the power of pre-marriage education. 

The most poignant message that was delivered by Rebbetzin Goldie Plotkin, co-director of the Chabad of Markham, Thornhill, Ontario, was the focus on the Torah perspective and emphasizing that marriage is a holy union and its preservation is of critical importance for our survival.

Other local experts contributed their respective perspectives on how pre-marriage education can impact the economy, the family courts, and complement taharat mishpacha instruction.

The Knesset Seminar highlighted compelling reasons for government support for Marriage Education:

  • The social and economic benefits which Marriage Education (particularly Pre-marriage Education) can offer as a potential remedy or addressing the negative effects of divorce 
  • The negative consequences of divorce and its societal and governmental budgetary implications


The necessity for government involvement in educating the next generation of new couples was demonstrated by expert presentations. However, to this date, there has not yet been governmental response to providing pre-marriage and newlywed marriage education.

Susan Barth - Founder and President


2nd International Knesset Seminar

Opening speech at Knesset Seminar on Pre-Marriage Education

By Together in Happiness Founder Susan Barth at Knesset Nov 2017

Final speech at Knesset Seminar on Pre-Marriage Education

By Together in Happiness Founder Susan Barth - Knesset Nov 2017

Rebbetzin Goldie Plotkin – The Torah perspective

At Knesset Seminar on Pre-Marriage Education

Dr. Howard J. Markman’s Keynote address

Knesset Seminar for Pre-marriage Education

Rabbi Yossi Srugo

- Founder of Miami Chosson Center speaks for pre-marriage education

MK Yehudah Glick

Knesset Seminar on Pre-marriage Education

MK Yehiel “Hilik” Bar

Knesset Seminar on Pre-marriage Education

MK Michael Malchieli

Knesset Seminar on Pre-marriage Education

MK Yifat Shasha – Biton

Knesset Seminar on Pre-marriage Education