Matchmaker

04/04/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Matchmaker

There was an age difference of 20 years. When Anat Keinan met Assaf Torati, she was 48, and he was 28. That was in Ra'anana, Israel in 2001. He went for a haircut and met Anat, who was the manager of the salon. “The first time he came in, we started talking,” recalls Anat. “He kept coming and we kept talking. I thought he was coming to flirt with my daughter, who was co-manager.” But Assaf thought differently.

03/05/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Matchmaker

The odds were not in their favor. It is highly unlikely that two old friends would just bump into each other on a subway platform in Manhattan. 

02/05/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Matchmaker

It was no ordinary marriage proposal. Rotem Langer is a 31-year-old veteran of the Israeli army whose speech was affected by his injuries. “Sometimes I forget words,” says Rotem. “I didn’t want that to happen when I proposed to Shelly.”

01/07/2013 | | Matchmaker

An Israeli woman doesn’t have to frequent bars around an army base to meet a soldier. Instead, they meet naturally, since both men and women are drafted into army service.  Just ask Chen.

12/03/2012 | Matchmaker

"I didn’t know anyone invited to my friend’s wedding, and wondered where they’d seat me,” recalls Linda Hakim. 

11/05/2012 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Matchmaker

“I had to make sure that she was converting for herself, and not for me,” says John Newmark. Jen says: “I fell in love with both the man and his faith.”

John, a St. Louis grant writer by day, spends much of his free time on penning science fiction and poetry. He performs at poetry slams under the stage name Gavroche. For the constructive criticism and the friendship, he has belonged for more than a decade to WUTA (Writers Under the Arch).