When most people think of a men’s night out, it usually revolves around sports, but Emet Outreach recently drew a crowd of almost 60 married men for an evening of conversation. Part of the ever-expanding programming in its Couples’ Division, the theme was “Asking for a Friend.” The forum was a Q&A session with Rabbi Akiva Rutenberg, LMSW, and Dr. Akiva Perlman, a noted mental health expert, which covered the topics of connection, intimacy, and creating meaningful relationships.

Held at the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates, guests enjoyed a whiskey tasting and dinner from Graze Smokehouse. The discussion was moderated by Shay Yonaiev, Emet’s Couples Director. “We designed the event to encourage participation and provide a relaxed opportunity for men to talk about aspects of marriage that contribute to a healthy relationship,” said Shay. “I was really impressed by how engaged and open the guys were.”

Rabbi Rutenberg and Dr. Perlman sensitively answered many of the men’s personal questions, ranging from gaining trust with one’s spouse to dividing household chores and the benefits of working on a marriage. “I really enjoyed the program and the many tips that were shared,” said Jeremy Adler. “I’m looking forward to more events like this one.”

The men’s event follows other events that have been dedicated to their wives. “We strive to support our couples with programming both together and separately,” said Rabbi Rutenberg, Co-Founder and Director. “Events and lectures like this that are geared to only husbands or wives can be especially validating, because they show commonalities and make people feel more comfortable to share and learn from one another.”

Up next, Emet invites couples to an inspirational dinner at the Illagio on Sunday, May 15. Rabbi YY Jacobson will discuss “Four Principles of Love: The Torah’s Manual for Powerful Relationships.” For further information and to RSVP, visit www.EmetOutreach.org/couples.