Prevent difficulty from becoming a crisis.
“Our children are growing up in a different home since we started getting help and therapy with Blev Echad. Our children’s marriages are also being helped. The skills that we build up are the skills they’re inheriting. It’s really a generational thing.”
– Leah S.*
Blev Echad in Numbers
years guiding couples
average cost per couple, annually
hours of subsidized therapy
marriage shouldn’t be a survival challenge
There are many different challenges that could obscure the beauty of a marriage.
But no matter the issue, couples in Yerushalayim have an address to turn to: Rabbi Meir Sommer of Blev Echad.
Beyond his natural warmth and caring demeanor,
Rabbi Sommer has:
Experience teaching chasanim for over 18 years
Connectionswith many therapists and practitioners
Familiarity with various therapy modalities
These help him identify the issues at their source and advise couples on the most appropriate solution for their situation.
Rabbi Sommer is also there between sessions to listen, support and guide each couple, beyond what a therapist can offer in one weekly session.
But that’s only half the solution.
An Impossible Choice
Therapy is expensive, and almost never covered by insurance. The cost adds up fast. Turning to parents for help could endanger the delicate relationship between children and parents-in-law, so it’s not usually a viable solution.
Many couples are faced with an impossible choice:
Go into debt
(increasing the tension in their already-fragile marriage)
Live with the problem
(which only gets worse over time)
A relationship that could be a source of growth and connection becomes a painful burden.
Even worse, if the couple has children, they’re growing up in an unhealthy setting. Their concept of marriage and how to interact with a spouse is being shaped now.
The future repercussions are tremendous.
Taking the focus off money
Blev Echad’s goal is to remove financial constraints so couples can focus their efforts on the real issues at hand.
With Blev Echad’s help, couples can concentrate on the therapeutic process: developing their connection, learning new tools, and becoming the unit they were meant to be.
Over time, couples are able to work together, integrating their newfound skills to create happier homes. Their children pick up these skills by osmosis, benefitting their future marriages, as well.
The impact is tremendous.
make an impact
My dear friend, Rabbi Meir Sommer, has B”H met with much success in conveying proper attitudes and assisting in problem solving of the entire spectrum of family issues.
I call upon all who can to help support this most worthy cause – the establishment of healthy homes that will raise future generations of K’lal Yisroel.
– Rav Yitzchak Berkovits, shlita
ROSH YESHIVAS AISH HATORAH
ROSH KOLLEL, THE JERUSALEM KOLLEL
RAV, MINYAN AVREICHIM SANHEDRIA MURCHEVET
Why Blev Echad?
Blev Echad is the only organization in Yerushalayim that focuses on subsidizing counseling and therapy for Anglo kollel couples.