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748 0 0 0 2. 624 0 0 0 1. 47 0 0 0 13 6. 5 0 1 0 6. The logo for Shabbatness is a Challah-shaped heart. I’m sitting in a Manhattan apartment watching the sun set with 11 of New York’s most eligible Jewish singles.
It’s Friday night and the table is a traditional Shabbat setting—a Kiddush cup filled with red wine, freshly-blessed candles and challah bread that’s been ripped apart and passed around the table. The crowd is hushed as Erin Davis a 30-year-old, waif-like blond, our host for the night, announces it’s time for ice breakers, where we’ll read funny and ironic facts about each other and guess who it could be. Later I’ll leave after arranging a date with an adorable man handpicked by Davis whom my mother would kvell—ahem, gush—over. Jewish professionals over Shabbat dinners. Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now. Davis is quite rare, a matchmaker who does things the artisanal way, setting up singles through dinner parties, not apps or algorithms.
She started hosting at least one Shabbat dinner a month in 2013. And I realized it was an ideal environment for singles to meet each other. Davis got access to mentors, donors and business classes to put her vision in place. He explains it as a more wholesome experience than dating at a bar.