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September 15, 2016 4:31 am

Israel Offers Marriage-Prep Course for Religious High School Students

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An Orthodox Jewish wedding. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

An Orthodox Jewish wedding. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org — A marriage preparation class for religious high school students will be offered this year by Israel’s Ministry of Education, Haaretz reported on Tuesday.

Counselors will be given 30 to 60 hours of training to help soon-to-be graduates choose a future spouse by lending advice on how to meet each other.

A database of students’ names will also be created for use in the program.

“Because single people are an inseparable and beloved part of [our society], there is a great need to embark on a new and unique enterprise,” wrote Dr. Avraham Lifshitz, the head of the ministry’s religious education administration. If successful, the program will be adopted in other Israeli school systems, Lifshitz said.

One unnamed educator told Haaretz that matchmaking has no place in school.

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