Davis is quite rare, a matchmaker who does things the artisanal way, setting up singles through dinner parties, not apps or algorithms.
She started hosting at least one Shabbat dinner a month in 2013.
There’s also premiered in December thinks that Davis is on to something as “religion is the number one deal breaker” in relationships.
“You don’t just have to do it for Shabbat, there can be Christian dinners, Muslim dinners,” Stanger says.
Sure, JDate is popular and apps like Tinder and Hinge are growing, but that has consequences.
“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.
“I used to think she was just this old-school sweet Polish lady,” Davis says.
But after traveling Europe and researching the genocide, she felt it a strong pull toward preserving Jewish heritage and rituals. A 2013 PEW study revealed that the percentage of U. adults who say they are Jewish when asked about their religion has been cut by about half since the late 1950s.My own experience after Shabatness resulted in a handful of dates, a very classic courtship, and a typical falling out of disinterest by both parties—but it was a better match for me than any tech-assisted dating I’ve tried.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.“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.Aside from Davis’ Shabbat model, there are others trying to reinvent the process.Even with modern traditions, the core of the evening is Judaism.