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Successful singles event herald of more to come
By Malka Eisenberg

Another successful volley in the matchmaking world was lobbed this past Sunday at the Young Israel of Woodmere, bringing 100 singles together for an evening of meeting and interacting in a chic food competition.

In a highly coordinated and planned and elegantly accomplished gathering, the Young Israel of Woodmere (YIW) Singles Initiative and YUConnects held Salad Wars and BBQ: Meet, Eat and Compete, for modern Orthodox singles between the ages of 25 and 33.

The program included a buffet with sushi, and a competition modeled on popular Food Network shows with small groups of men and women working together to create salads and side dishes, trivia quizzes, raffles, prizes and food demonstrations. The evening was capped with a barbecue and ice sculpture.

“I went to a number of events,” one of the male participants said to one of the coordinators. “I was blown away by the level of detail that went into it. It is by far the best event that I have ever been to.”

“Thank all of you for putting together last night’s event and dedicating so much of your time to us,” emailed another male attendee. “It was surely a lot of work to organize and it showed. Know that that sentiment was echoed by others with whom I spoke. So if you ever doubt yourselves whether it’s all worth the effort, I’m telling you that it is!”

“Before I left,” noted Margie Glatt, Special Projects Coordinator at YUConnects and an organizer of the event, “people were asking about contact information. I know of five dates being set up within the first 24 hours.”

YUConnects has facilitated more than 90 engagements since it started in 2008, stressed Glatt. It is a program of the Center of the Jewish Future of Yeshiva University, founded by Rabbi Kenneth Brander. When it started it was “open only to YU students but is now open to everyone,” explained Glatt. “A lot of girls want a YU type boy.” She noted that the Jewish Matchmaking Alliance held an inaugural conference at YU on April 25 bringing together 12 Jewish matchmaking organizations in a joint effort to share information, improve training and develop projects to aid singles in their quest for matches.

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