To Be Young, Gifted And Orthodox — And Divorced

Getting back in the dating game can be very dicey.

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Cheerful and determined, Cynthia Galimidi is ready to find her soul mate — again.

At 29, the Hillside, N.J., resident has started dating again after more than seven years of marriage. Many people are just getting married or starting a family in their late 20s. Galimidi has four daughters — ages 8, 6, 5 and 3.

She knows that’s a daunting prospect for potential suitors.

“It’s been hard, because I’m just learning the rules of the game,” says Michael Zand. photos by michael datikash

A Secret Love No More

Interdating isn’t the boogeyman it once was. Could it actually lead to increased Jewish involvement?

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Eight years ago, as director of a United Synagogue Youth chapter on the West Coast, Lisa Fogelson came up against Section Five, Line 2.

A few pages into the Conservative youth group’s constitution, in between the expectation that teen officers attend religious services and refrain from drugs and alcohol, is the line: “It is expected that leaders of the organization will refrain from relationships which can be construed as interdating.”

Keren Sachs and boyfriend Landis Kaufman: Interfaith couples group has strengthened their relationship.

Can Bad Dates Make Good Theater?

Four women writers turn their adventures in singledom into Off-Broadway plays.

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On the Off-Broadway stage these days, the date’s the thing. The Jewish date, that is.

In a quirk of theater programming (and perhaps a collective indictment of the Jewish singles scene, or at least Jewish men), no fewer than four plays of late — all by Jewish women — mine the dating lives of their authors. And they expose some of raw nerves that make dating such a sensitive proposition these days: the pull and peril of online dating, the obstacle posed by religious differences and the thorny issue of Jewish identity.

Rachel Evans, below, “Jew Wish”

East (And West) Of Eden

Singles are discovering that, yes, there is life beyond the Upper West Side. From the boroughs to Teaneck, is geography
really dating destiny?

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Call it The Great Singles Migration. OK, Almost Great.

Liz Wallenstein is one of the new émigrés. The 31-year-old psychotherapist lived in both Washington Heights and the Upper West Side before moving to Flatbush, a Brooklyn neighborhood known more for its kosher pizza options than for an active singles scene.

“I wasn’t in love with the West Side,” said Wallenstein. “I had been there for four years. I felt like I was there because I didn’t know where else to be.

Liz Wallenstein: “I wasn’t in love 	with the West Side.”

Tuesday, The Rabbi Went Out

The largely uncharted (an unspoken-of) territory of being single in the clergy.

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There’s probably not another profession, outside of royalty, where the spouse gains a title upon marriage. Even if the traditional role of the rabbi’s spouse, or rebbetzin, has changed considerably in this generation, there’s still recognition of the supporting role a spouse might play, publicly and privately. (And there’s no name yet for the husband of a female rabbi, but plenty of playful attempts like rebbitz-sir).

How Marvin met Oshrat

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“As soon as I saw Marvin, I liked him,” says Oshrat Kidron of Petah Tikva. She liked his look – a baseball cap with a skull cap underneath. Marvin's attentions were on someone else. When Oshrat asked for his phone number, he replied: “I lost my phone.”

She didn't think he was telling the truth (he was).

Oshrat Kidron and Marvin Casey

Where the Boys Are

The point of her story was her job interview and the possibility of gainful employment, but I had other possibilities in mind.

“Did you say the company is located in the high tech valley?” I asked, even if in Jerusalem, the high-tech area is not really a “valley.”

She said it was.

“Where there are tech companies there are men!” I said, giving her a friendly punch on the arm to wake her up.

Her eyes opened wide.

“I never thought of that,” she said.

Would A Crystal Ball Into Our Future Make Dating More Fun?

You know how a certain image just gets burned in your memory?

Here’s one of mine.

A bunch of years ago, when I worked at a library in Chicago, a colleague came into my office. She was in her mid-30s, very lovely, and had had a tough time finding her missing link.

The 'Club Foot' School of Dating

A girlfriend was filling me on her latest set-up date.

"Turns out he's pushing 50!" said my 30-something friend.

She named a few more, let's call them "surprises."

Battle of the Sexes: Revisited

I hadn’t heard from my most recent date in a few days and was starting to develop a complex.

Was I doing something wrong to scare these men off?

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