How To Date Like A "Shiksa"

You know how I (according to one obsessed commenter) think gentile women are superior to Jewish women?

Well, apparently so does “Avi Roseman,” the pen name of a 26-year-old single woman who has written and self-published  “Secrets of Shiksa Appeal: 8 Steps to Attract Your Shul Mate (iUniverse).

How Steve Met Sara

04/03/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

A New York comedian is likely to say clever things. Here's one from Steve Hofstetter: “It’s a scary thought when you’ve known the condiments in your refrigerator longer than your fiancée.”

Steve Hofstetter and Sara Tenenbein

Welcome to the Hall of Mirrors

 On the off chance that you haven't seen my article about interfaith dating in our annual special section Directions, which this year is on the theme of "Singles," I offer you this link.

We’ll Turn Manhattan Into An Isle Of …

Flying from Israel to New York for a date? Looking for some sizzle, from the Morgan to the latest Woody Allen flick.
Special To The Jewish Week
12/06/2010 - 19:00

It was a Jewish Week story that tipped me off to the fortune teller. He was Jewish and had a “branch office” somewhere near Times Square, which is another way of saying he accepted walk-ins from the little stretch of sidewalk he called his own.

At Central Park

To Be Young, Gifted And Orthodox — And Divorced

Getting back in the dating game can be very dicey.
Special To The Jewish Week
12/06/2010 - 19:00

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?
Associate Editor
12/06/2010 - 19:00

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.
Special To The Jewish Week
12/06/2010 - 19:00

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?
Special To The Jewish Week
12/06/2010 - 19:00

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.
Special To The Jewish Week
12/06/2010 - 19:00

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

12/04/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

“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
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