matchmaking

Reality TV Takes Cue From Shidduch Scene

Modern-day matchmakers introduce arranged marriage to NYC.

08/20/2014
Staff Writer
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Reality TV seems to be learning a thing or two from haredi dating.

In the new FYI reality show “Married at First Sight,” six singles agree to be set up by a team of four professional matchmakers — and legally marry their selected mate upon first meeting.

From Yenta to cable TV: The “Married at First Sight” matchmakers. Courtesy of FYI

Are Jewish Singles Marketing Themselves Too Heavily?

03/25/2014
Contributing Editor

“… fools give you reasons, wise men never try.”

— From Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific”

Alison Greenberg, 40, a Manhattan marketer, has been online dating for many years.

Heather Robinson

How Yishai Met Tal

09/04/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Yishai Fried agrees with the words of author Mark Twain: “There ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”  Yishai fell in love with Tal Pertzelan while they were traveling in Mongolia.

They didn’t come to Mongolia together as a couple.  Yishai, one of those Israelis who travels a lot, had come to Mongolia in May 2008 via the Trans-Siberian Railway. “Though I often travel alone, it’s not really possible in Mongolia,” says Yishai.

Tal and Yishai.

How Jesse Met Joyce

08/01/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Tying the knot is not the first choice of every couple these days. Joyce Silver and Jesse Koch got hitched in part because of the grandchildren.

A new trend in retirement is for couples to live together outside the marriage bond. In fact, unmarried seniors living together are the fastest growing segment of cohabitants in the United States. People don't want to put up with loneliness. They want to live together. But they are likely to remain unmarried to avoid tax issues and inheritance questions.

Joyce Silver and Jesse Koch

The Wingman Cometh: Jewish Matchmaker Addresses 'Shidduch Crisis'

In a female-dominated profession, a Queens College grad employs new method of matchmaking. Meet the Date Whisperer.

06/22/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

In the risky business of coaxing love, the Wingman was flying without a net.

At the sleek Pop Lounge on East 58th Street, Aaron Ellner, aka The Wingman, was hosting one of his singles parties, trying to do his part to address the so-called “shidduch crisis” in the Orthodox community.

Aaron Ellner, aka The Wingman, keeps an eye on his clients at parties and offers advice on the fly. Tony Shi
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