“You don’t just have to do it for Shabbat, there can be Christian dinners, Muslim dinners,” Stanger says.“There are ways to do this for any type of common interest.” Davis has a long way to go before the company is truly ringing in a profit.I’m sitting in a Manhattan apartment watching the sun set with 11 of New York’s most eligible Jewish singles.
“The larger a pool of potential dates you have, the more the paradox of choice causes people to freeze up,” says Ori Neidich, one of Davis’ Presen Tense mentors.
“Erin has tapped into a need, you still have to meet people in person no matter what because that kind of chemistry can never be imitated by technology.” Old-school matchmaking is making inroads onto the scene for the crowd of those sick of swiping their phones to no end.
Apps have taken dating and turned it into a giant game of hot-or-not, where choices are endless and real relationships are few and far between.
Sure, JDate is popular and apps like Tinder and Hinge are growing, but that has consequences.
And her next one will feature only male homosexual couples.
Even with modern traditions, the core of the evening is Judaism.Her goal is to make it a 501(c)(3), a nonprofit and tax-exempt organization similar to the Birthright Israel Foundation.“I’ve seen the passion behind birthright donors and the sustenance of Jewish practice and the formation of Jewish couples,” Davis says.(At the dinner I attended, fewer than half the group could read Hebrew.) There are small touches of Jewish customs like her logo, a heart-shaped Challah bread, and the business’ name, “Shabbatness.” Nes means miracle in Hebrew, Davis says.“So my mom said: ‘What about the miracle of Shabbat?One night it was Magic and Macarons, where a Jewish magician performed and macarons were served for dessert.