matchmaker

How Moshe Met Lisa

11/14/2016 - 14:58
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Lisa Barkan remembered the words of her late husband, Jeremy: “A year after I’m gone, I want you to go out and find someone else.  When I look down from the Heavens, I want to see you wearing colorful clothes, laughing and having fun.” 

Lisa and Moshe were married in June 2016 at Jerusalem's First Station. Courtesy of Olya Mruwka

Matchmaker: How Mike Met Chloe

09/05/2016 - 11:21
Jewish Week Online Columnist

It generally takes two to make a match.  But in order for Chloe Leavitt, 27, to meet Michael (Mike) Fabiani, 30, it took an additional three: Chloe’s mom, Lauren; Mike’s mom, Marcy; and Lisa, a friend of both Lauren and Marcy.

Chloe Leavitt, 27, & Mike Fabiani, 30, on their wedding day. Photo courtesy of Annie Mcelwain & Raya Carlisle

How Isaac Met Allyson

06/17/2016 - 10:33
Jewish Week Online Columnist

The credit for the match goes to Rabbi Matthew Reimer.  He was the organizer of his temple’s Friday night service where Isaac Hattem, 29, met Allyson Stone, 28.

Isaac Hattem, 29, met Allyson Stone, 28. Courtesy Ryan Brenizer Photography

Matchmaker: How Josh met Robyn

Two Cornell alums, Josh Tamaroff and Robyn Finklestein, bonded over their love for animals and NYC

03/07/2016 - 14:57
Jewish Week Online Columnist

He says: “We met at Cornell University in 2004.  I was a freshman, and I tried to pick up Robyn at a fraternity party.”  She politely disagrees: “We met six years later when we were neighbors in a Manhattan apartment building.  We first noticed each other on a day when I was wearing my Cornell sweats and doing my laundry.” Who is right? “We agree to disagree about when we met,” says 30 year-old Josh (Joshua) Tamaroff. Robyn Finkelstein, 31, adds: “But we agree that we were lucky to have met.”

Josh Tamaroff (right) and Robyn Finklestein. Susan Stripling

Swiping Their Way To The Chuppah

03/17/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Turns out she was just his swipe.

When Michael Brand, 39, went down to Florida for vacation last June, he never expected to meet his future bride. But just for kicks, Brand, a divorced father of two from Manhattan, had signed up for JSwipe, the Jewish dating app likened to Tinder.

Samantha Rudnick, 26, and Michael Brand, 39, first JSwipe couple to wed. Courtesy of Samantha Rudnick

How Brett Met Laurie

A matchmaking friend and a professional matchmaker bring two visitors to Israel together.

07/06/2014 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Chicago-born Brett Baron hadn’t come to the Elevation Seminar to meet girls. He came because of a poster advertising the seminar that he’d seen at his Jerusalem yeshiva, which promised a spiritual experience. But his friend Josh pointed someone out.

Brett and Laurie. Slav Zinger Photography

How Fran Met Gary

A busy New York State Assemblywoman finds time to do some matchmaking.

02/02/2014 - 19:00

She was a New York State Assemblywoman on a personal, not a political, mission – to find the perfect guy for her best friend, Fran Reid.  She had someone in mind for Fran – Gary Bixhorn, Chief Operating Officer of Eastern Suffolk Board of Educational Service. But Gary, a recent widower, was still in mourning and wasn’t ready to hear any talk about dating. “Basically, I cut her off,” says Gary.

Fran and Gary saw the movie “Yogi Bear” on their first date. Kitty Dadi

The Younger the Better, Eh Gentlemen??

Can we talk a moment about men and that little thing called, “age discrimination?"

As in, the way so many single men seem to only want young women.

Notice I am only accusing “many” not “all” men. Which is another way of saying, all men. Or almost all men. Or most of the men out there except for the exceptions, of course.

Mirror Mirror: When it Comes to Love, Do Looks Count?

I was playing the matchmaker, in an indirect sort of way.

That's why I brought a close friend along to dinner with a lovely couple I like so much I always want to give them a standing ovation.  I figured they might know a fabulous man for my fabulous friend.

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