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“So my mom said: ‘What about the miracle of Shabbat?
’” A handful of miracle couples have come out of her dinners—and one marriage is on the way.
Davis got access to mentors, donors and business classes to put her vision in place.
“I felt there was a void in the Jewish community of Shabbat dinners in intimate homes,” she says.
“ And I realized it was an ideal environment for singles to meet each other.” She interviews singles and promises those selected for the dinner a potential partner, a night of unlimited alcohol and a meal, at her apartment or one of the guests’ who chooses to host, all for just $36—a division of 18, or chai in Hebrew, a lucky number in Judasim—The idea became a business when Davis applied and received a fellowship through Presen Tense, a social entrepreneurial program with a focus on the Jewish community.
He explains it as a more wholesome experience than dating at a bar. One dinner was called Bourbon and Beatbox, where contestant and special guest Jay Stone beatboxed the Shema, a prayer from the Torah.
One night it was Magic and Macarons, where a Jewish magician performed and macarons were served for dessert.
Later I’ll leave after arranging a date with an adorable man handpicked by Davis whom my mother would kvell—ahem, gush—over.
This is “Shabatness,” an invite-only service that sets up young Jewish professionals over Shabbat dinners.
And more than half of Jewish Americans have married a non-Jewish spouse.
“The studies disturb me, and there are small things to do to keep the tradition alive but make it our own,” she says.
Davis is quite rare, a matchmaker who does things the artisanal way, setting up singles through dinner parties, not apps or algorithms.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating