Ilana and Aaron met for the first time during the summer of 2005. Ilana was a marketing
intern for SYAS and staffing their first Shabbos Nachamu weekend, and Aaron was
a participant. The two hit it off quickly, and even though Ilana was leaving soon
to spend her (college) senior year studying in Israel, Aaron asked her out on a
date. They decided to go out just one time, not expecting much and leaving things
open-ended for the future. They had great date. It lasted 5 hours and included a
trip on the Circle-line, a stop at Ben & Jerry’s, and a long discussion on a random
park bench. Ilana left for Israel two weeks later. She and Aaron kept in touch via
email for a few weeks and by Succos time had lost touch.
Fast forward three years now to 2008. Ilana and Aaron were each in the Shidduch
process and despite running into one another at Central Park the summer of ’07,
never thought to try dating again. Mostly because of their 9 year age gap which
was discovered after agreeing to their initial date.
This time around Ilana signed up for the same Shabbos Nachamu weekend as a participant.
Aaron had just stopped seeing someone else and had no interest in attending. However,
when Marc Goldman asked him last minute to accompany his friend Lavi Greenspan on
the Shabbaton, Aaron agreed. Lavi has lost his eyesight several years earlier and
would be participating and speaking about his inspirational personal story during
the weekend. Aaron planned on helping Lavi but did not plan to meet anyone.
That weekend Ilana though she spotted Aaron Friday night, but the two first ran
into each other Shabbos afternoon. Ilana’s opening line …. “Are you crashing?” She
had checked the participant list on Friday, scanned the names for guys she had dated,
and did not recall seeing Aaron’s name which alphabetically would have been one
of the first. Aaron explained that he was on the Shabbaton just to assist Lavi and
was not officially participating. Soon after Aaron thought of a friend to set-up
with Ilana and thought they should catch-up to determine if the suggestion was still
appropriate. As the two had an extensive conversation about the last three years
since seeing one another Aaron realized that he was interested in dating Ilana himself.
The two had each grown spiritually and now had even more in common. Lavi, knowing
that Aaron had been talking to Ilana for several hours in the afternoon, intuitively
decided to take matters into his own hands at Seuda Shlishit. When Aaron stepped
away from the table, Lavi asked Ilana if she would consider dating Aaron again.
She said she wasn’t sure and gave no definitive answer. When Aaron returned to the
table Lavi brought up the subject and put the two on the spot to schedule a date.
Partially out of interest, and partially out of respect for Lavi, Ilana and Aaron
scheduled a second first date.
Their relationship progressed quickly. Ilana and Aaron dated continuously and spoke
on the phone every night, even when Aaron went on vacation to Israel. Both had a
“good feeling” early on but waited three ½ months to get engaged.
They have now been married for a year, are living in Queens, and are grateful to
Lavi and SawYouatSinai for bringing them together, twice :)
Ilana – 25 from Plainview
Aaron – 34 from Baltimore/NYC
Met August 2005 & 2008
Ilana introduced her friend Emily to her husband. Emily and Ilana became friends
because they interned together at SYAS that summer :)
Matt was 34 when he met Asya, 25. He was from Staten Island; she from Boston. The
couple was married in March 2008 and reside in Brookline, Massachusetts.
What was your impression on the phone?
M: It was a really engaging conversation. It was scintillating. Sometimes you talk
to people and there’s just not a lot to talk about and that didn’t seem to be the
What did you do on your first date?
A: We went to a lousy Chinese Restaurant.
Did you know right away that this was your match? Or did the relationship
grow to the point that you realized this was the right person?
M: It was a very casual date. I was intrigued at first sight, not love at first
Sometimes we think you know exactly what you want but when you find
the right person you realize that this person is actually different than what you
thought you wanted. How does your spouse compare to the image of the person that
you thought you’d marry?
A: He was exactly what I wanted.
M: Its interesting, we tend to think about our bashert in really specific details
about what we are looking for. I would say that Asya ticks a lot of the right boxes.
But if you had asked me a year ago what does your bashert look like and who is she
and all those things that make someone not just a set of specifications but actually
human, I don’t think that I would ever have come up with the picture of Asya.
How long did you date before becoming engaged?
M: First date to engagement was about 3 months
Tell me about the proposal?
A: Moshe took me to the beach that we went to early on in dating and it was a magical
M: Of course the beach in the winter is totally deserted and I can say it was an
Aside from SawYouAtSinai, what other ways did you employ to meet people?
(How did you go about dating? Use site, use other sites? Blind dates?)
A: I used other sites and friends recommendations
M: I used other sites and friends, and I would try to meet people at shul and other
places. I even met someone on an airplane who I was serious with for awhile.
How long would you say that you were seriously looking for someone?
A: about 3 years
M: It’s been awhile
What were the biggest challenges that you feel that you went through
M: My travel schedule was pretty hectic. I spend almost half the month overseas.
We’d go on a great date and then I’d be gone to Australia. It sorta breaks the momentum
of things but it also forced us to be more thoughtful about things.
What did you find most helpful about the matchmaker?
M: It takes the meat market almost out of the equation. I think it’s really easy
for people to become really jaded from looking through profiles.
How involved with your relationship was the matchmaker who set you
M: For me it was a good casual relationship. Some people pour out their souls to
their shadchans, but I felt like she had a good sense of who I was. Shifra was sending
me people who I felt fit me, and I trusted her. She had a good sense of what I was
looking for. She was also very effective at coaxing a bit. She was able to give
me feedback from the girls
A: I really appreciated her technique. I worked with other matchmakers on the site,
and Shifra was the one who would email me and ask me how things were going.
Did the matchmaker keep to your preferences or did he/she encourage
you to meet people who fell outside your initial dating guidelines? What advice
would you give to others about this?
A: I was too open minded at first, but I would tell people to try to meet as many
people as possible.
Did you have any hesitation about using an online dating site? About
using a matchmaker? What convinced you to try it? What surprised you the most about
the site and the matchmakers?
A: by the time I got to SYAS I had been on other sites. My younger sister was on
SYAS and she convinced me to try it.
What would you say to encourage others to try online dating, specifically
M: Someone recently made a comment to me that ‘gee its such an unromantic way of
meeting someone’ and my response was that it was just the opposite and I think people
should realize this. Leaving things to chance is possible, but for me what’s more
romantic is making your own fate. I know I can always tell my kids that.
Q: What was your impression on the phone?
Female: He first called to tell me that someone else had
come up in the interim between him saying yes to me and me saying yes to him. I
immediately thought he sounded so sweet and intelligent - I wished him good luck
and secretly hoped to hear from him in the future if his current date didn't work
out. Thankfully, he called me a few weeks later.
Q: What did you do on your first date?
Female: We went to a cafe and had a great conversation.
It wasn't a long date but it was a good one.
Q: Did you know right away that this was your match? or did the relationship grow
to the point that you realized this was the right person?
Female: We realized pretty early on - we only had a handful
of dates before we started talking seriously...Sometimes we think you know exactly
what you want but when you find the right person you realize that this person is
actually different than what you thought you wanted.
Q: How long did you date before becoming engaged?
Female: We got engaged 7 weeks after meeting each other
- on our 10th date!
Q: Aside from SYAS, what other ways did you employ to meet people? (How did you
go about dating? Use site, use other sites? Blind dates?)
Female: I mostly dated through friends' and acquaintances'
suggestions. The only reason I signed up for SYAS was because a friend of mine suggested
it a few years ago and I thought if she was on it and found it to be appropriate
then it really must be. And she was right! I went out with some very nice people
through the site although of course none of them were the right guy until now...
Q: What did you find most helpful about the matchmaker?
Female: She was so easy going and friendly - she was ready
to be as involved or uninvolved as we wanted her to be and was extremely helpful
to both of us in terms of questions we had.
Q: What would you say to encourage others to try online dating, specifically SYAS?
Female: Honestly, I just think it can't hurt. Everyone
has their shaliach and SYAS and my shadchan were mine and the shaliach for so many
others, so why not try it. I found that the ratio of "in-the-ballpark" guys to "not-for-me"
guys that I was set up with was the same whether it was through friends/family or
through the site. I also found that many guys who I knew were sought after and considered
good catches were on the site, and I know the same is true about the girls.
live in a busy world and everyone is on the fast track of life. Trying to find that
special someone can be quite challenging. I had the opportunity to interview two
people who found love, and can you guess where they found it? Online through SawYouAtSinai.com!
My interview with Arielle and Elliot:
Q: What made you go on line to look for your spouse?
Arielle: I was serious about wanting to find someone and
I wanted to use all avenues that were available.
Elliot: I knew the matchmaker and she encouraged me to
Q: What other things did you do to meet people?
Arielle: I looked at other web sites and was fixed up by
Elliot: I went on many blind dates. This was the only
web site that I joined.
Q: Did you date a lot of people before meeting each other?
Arielle: Very few people.
Elliot: I was looking for nine years and must have dated
over 120 women.
Q: What were the biggest challenges that you faced while dating?
Arielle: Breaking off bad relationships
Elliot: Figuring out what to do on a date.
Q: What was your impression on the phone?
Arielle: It was not that memorable.
Elliot: I remember that she showed an interest in me on
the phone and I liked that.
Q: What did you do on your first date?
Arielle: We went to a café.
Q: Did you know right away that this was your match? Or did the relationship grow
to the point that you realized this was the right person?
Arielle: After the fist date I did not want to go out with
him again. However, my matchmaker persuaded me to see him again. After the second
date I knew if I gave him a chance I would marry him. I knew after the third date
that I wanted to marry him.
Elliot: For me the process was longer, it took me a few
months to know that she was the right one.
Q: Sometimes we think you know exactly what you want but when you find the right
person you realize that this person is actually different than what you thought
you wanted. How does your spouse compare to the image of the person that you thought
Arielle: Elliot was everything I thought I didn’t want
but as it turns out he was everything I really wanted. My motto is toss out the
list! I now realize that I would have been miserable if I married the guy who met
all the criteria on my list.
Elliot: Arielle did not match my list of what I thought
I wanted in a person.
Q: How long did you date before becoming engaged?
Elliot: Six months
Q: Tell me about the proposal
Arielle: We went to a nice restaurant then he took me to
a park. He gave me a beautiful bracelet and asked me to marry him.
Q: What did you find most helpful about the matchmaker?
Arielle: Tova was our matchmaker. I found her easy to talk
to, she listened and she gave me personalized attention. Tova ignored my list. She
understood my personality. She encouraged me to go out with matches that were right
for me, even though at the time I thought she was wrong. She also gave me a lot
of good advice.
Elliot: Tova didn’t just make a match for the sake of
making a match, she spent time trying to figure out what was the right match. Her
help and guidance was instrumental in getting us to go out, connecting and getting
Q: What advice would you give to those who are still looking for their beshert?
Arielle: Don’t reject those that don’t have the things
that you are looking for. You may not really want them. By using a list you may
be eliminating your beshert.
Q: What would you say to encourage others to try online dating, specifically SawYouAtSinai?
Arielle: I found it hard to get to know people at a party
or in social situations. It just seemed to take longer to get beyond the small talk.
With a matchmaker you cut right to the chase. I do think that dating online is romantic.
Elliot: Having a matchmaker helped us in the process of
dating. Without her sound objective advice we would not be here today.
We’re happy to report that Arielle and Elliot have been married since 2004. They
are proud parents of boy named Abraham.
was at a Jewish single friend’s for Shabbos and right before Shabbos Jennifer’s
phone rang but Jennifer did not answer, thinking it was too close to Shabbos. After
Shabbos Jennifer picked up the message and it was from Channie Brum, one of the
matchmakers on SawYouAtSinai saying that she just met Randy.
The next day on Sunday, Jennifer had a chance to look at Randy’s Jewish dating profile
and she saw many things that were appropriate and on target for her.
She especially liked the way he described his personality (confident but without
an ego), his outlook on life, and his interests and hashkafa. She could not really
tell how he looked because it was obvious that the pictures were quite bad, but
she decided to give it a try anyway because of what Randy had written in his profile.
She thought to herself, “It is just one date, why not?”
Randy called Jennifer 6:30 that day and they met at Starbucks at 8:30. Randy claims
that as soon as Jennifer walked in the door, he knew there was something different
and special about her. The date was incredibly comfortable and natural and afterwards,
on her way home, Jennifer marveled at how normal the shidduch was, and how she was,
for the first time, not second guessing what she said and what he said, and analyzing
this and that. She felt that everything had gone smoothly and that was a great feeling
The second shidduch date was the very next day, and on that date Randy said something
to Jennifer that made her think to herself “This one might really be a keeper.”
At the end of the second date, Randy put Jennifer in a taxi, gave the driver money
and asked the driver to take Jennifer home. Jennifer says that in over 10 years
of dating, and plenty of guys, Randy is only the 3rd guy who had ever done that!
As Randy was about to close the door to the taxi, he asked Jennifer if her could
call her again, and she to him straight out, “yes.” Jennifer was amazed with herself
because normally she tells the man to call the shadchan, but in this case, she told
him directly to call her. Even though she had never been that straight with a guy
and her behavior was outside her normal range, she did not feel scared or nervous.
Instead, she felt comfortable and she knew that this feeling was special and that
it said something about their relationship.
Randy returned to LA that Tuesday and for the first week or so, the two spoke a
few times. Then, Randy and Jennifer began speaking every night for 2-3 hours a night!
When Randy came back to New York after one month to see Jennifer again, the two
saw each other twice and just talked for hours and hours while walking around the
city, sitting in Central Park or eating dinner. At this point, Jennifer knew she
really wanted to hold onto him.
Channie the Jewish matchmaker (shadchan) was involved every step of the way. Both
Randy and Jennifer spoke to her almost every day about their expectations and perspectives,
especially since it was long distance Jewish dating, and the experience was different
given the physical distance between them,
While Jennifer and Randy were apart in different cities, it was difficult for both
of them, and they spoke to each other and text messaged each other constantly. Jennifer
made one trip to LA and after that Randy came to NY every second week to see Jennifer.
Three and a half months after their first date, Randy proposed to Jennifer in New
York. The happy couple were married in February 2006.
Jennifer had been on the Jewish matchmaking and Jewish Dating site SawYouAtSinai
since its inception in 2003 and she says there have been hits and misses with various
men until she met Randy. If it was not for the Jewish matchmaking site and for shadchan
Channie, Jennifer does not see how it would have been possible for she and Randy
to have met each other. Mazel Tov to the happy couple!
When Dena Kimmerling was a busy student, she really did not have the time to actively
and successfully pursue Jewish dating shidduchim. A friend suggested that Dena join
Jewish matchmaking service SawYouAtSinai, and Dena readily agreed, thinking that
it was the best way to put herself out there, while maintaining a busy schedule.
Soon after Dena joined the Jewish dating site, she was sent the profile of Jack
Volk. In reading his profile, she thought he sounded quite appropriate for her so
she accepted. He was only the first or second guy that she had ever gone out with
from the Jewish matchmaking site SawYouAtSinai and she was looking forward to meeting
The first date arrived, and Jack came to pick Dena up at her parents’ house. She
invited him in to meet her parents, as she does on all of her first dates. Right
away, Jack and Dena started joking around with each other—there was an instant click
between them. Dena’s parents had an immediate good impression of Jack, and they
told Dena that he seemed to be a quality person with a good “look,” or “chein” about
him that they liked!
On the date during dinner, the instant connection between Dena and Jack became more
and more apparent. The two were extremely comfortable with each other—they laughed
together and got along fantastically. As it turned out, Dena had not slept more
than a couple of hours during the two previous night prior to the date. “I was all
over the place and practically non-functional,” she said. “Before the date, I did
not know how I was going to make it through the evening. But I stayed awake the
whole time. I was totally there.”
What really clinched the shidduch for Dena was when, at the end of the date, Jack
got straight to the point and directly asked Dena if he could call her again for
a second date. She was very impressed with his being direct, and his not playing
games with her. It was clear that Jack wanted to date in a focused and serious way
and Dena wanted the same as well. Of course, she told Jack that he could call her!
The second date arrived and the two Jewish singles went bowling. The entire shidduch
date was comfortable, easy-going, fun, and not at all awkward.
After the second shidduch, Dena says she stopped counting dates, and the couple
started seeing each other very often. A month into the dating, Dena and Jack discussed
with each other that they saw themselves being together for a very long time.
Seven months later, on Chol Hamoed Sukkot, Dena and Jack decided to go to Build
A Bear Workshop, a place where you can custom design and dress a teddy bear. The
two were stuffing and dressing their bears when Jack made his way over to the personalization
section of the workshop where he could design a specialized dog tag to put on his
bear. Dena remembers that Jack was there for quite a long time and when he was finally
done, he came over and tried to put the tag on the bear. He had difficulty with
the tag, however, and Dena offered to help but Jack told her that she could not
look at the tag until it was on the bear.
When Dena finally read the tag she saw that it said, “Dena, will you marry me? Love,
Jack.” By the time Dena processed what she had just read, she realized that Jack
was on one knee with the ring out! She was shocked! “I had no clue that he was going
to propose to me that day,” she said.
Jack and Dena often ruminate about the fact that they really do not know anyone
in common. “If it had not been for SawYouAtSinai,” says Dena, “I do not know how
Jack and I would have ever met each other.”
The happy couple were married on March 20th, B”H
When Ilana Lew came back to New York from school in Boston, she had lost most of
her connections and networks in the frum dating world. One day, someone mentioned
to her that she should sign up for SawYouAtSinai, but Ilana scoffed at the idea,
thinking she would never do that. “I was skeptical about online Jewish dating,”
she said. “I did not want everyone out there to know I was dating online—it did
not seem tzanua to me.” But a few weeks later, Ilana changed her mind. She was serious
about shidduchim and she decided to sign up for Jewish matchmaking and Jewish dating
site SawYouAtSinai because it offered her the network of shadchanim and shidduchim
that she needed, as well as the privacy and classiness that was important to her.
Ilana had only been on the site for one month, and had only gone out with one other
shidduch from the site, when she was sent the profile of Danny Masri. At first,
the profile did not seem an exact match to what she was looking for so she sent
his profile to her best friend for a second opinion. Her friend told Ilana that
she felt that Danny was definitely not a match.
The next day, however, Ilana decided on a whim to accept Danny anyway, thinking,
“Why not just give it a try?” There were many good things about his profile that
appealed to Ilana, including the fact that he was “down to earth, open minded, a
chilled out personality, mature, funny, intelligent and very attractive.” She thought
to herself, “You never know.”
So, the first date arrived, and guess what? “It was amazing,” says Ilana. She knew
right away that this was a good thing and that something positive was going to come
of it. On the date, Ilana and Danny went out to dinner for wraps but they were unsure
of what blessing to make on the wrap. Was it Hamotzei or Mezonot? So Danny pulled
out his cell phone and called three Rabbis on the spot and got an answer to what
blessing was appropriate for that exact brand of wrap. Ilana was so impressed with
Danny’s special connections with his Rabbis and his ability to reach them promptly
and get an answer to such a question.
After the date, Ilana emailed that same friend who had previously said that Danny
was not a match for Ilana with the title “I Like Him!!!” The friend was surprised,
but of course very happy!
The very next day Danny called Ilana and the two Jewish singles proceeded to go
out four times in the next two weeks. The shadchan was not even needed at this point.
Four months later Ilana and Danny were engaged. The simcha was on February 20th,
and Ilana says, “It will make for an interesting story to tell our kids, iy”H.”
“I recently moved back from Israel and had never dated in America. So I inquired
from several friends how the Jewish dating and shidduch process worked in America.
I was swiftly referred to SawYouAtSinai’s Jewish matchmaking website and for a minimal
fee I signed up and became a member. Soon after signing up Channie Brum, one of
the shadchanim (Jewish matchmakers) I had chosen, sent me a profile of a young lady,
and I responded that I would be interested in dating her. Little did I know she
would soon be my wife. Now the way SYAS works is first the man responds and then
the man’s profile is sent to the woman and she has ten day to respond either yes
or no. After the ten day period the profile goes into some sort of default and it
is as if she responded no. So I sent my response in and waited, day 1, day 2, 3…..10
no reply. So that day I called up shadchan Channie and said “nu! What's going on,
her profile seemed so appropriate.” Channie, responded without delay and called
Aliza on the phone and asked her why she didn’t reply. Aliza said that she was no
longer an active Jewish single on SYAS and never got my profile, but that she was
interested in hearing about me. So, shadchan Channie read her my profile... Now
I usually point to my wife at this point when people ask how we met… As she describes
it “my eyes welled up with tears and I looked over at my best friend and said I
was just read my husband”.
That same day Channie called me back with Aliza’s phone number. Now I hope the story
has been interesting so for, because it is about to get more interesting, I call
Aliza and we get to schmoozing, where are you from?, what do you do?, where do you
live now? …Passaic, oh yeah, me to. what street? on the corner of High and Ascension,
oh yeah, I live on the corner of High and Westervelt, you live right around the
block from me… It turns out that she lived around the block and we never met… Stay
tuned because there is more, It also turns out that she was roommates with my best
friend's wife and that we were in Israel at the same time and even at several simchas
together. All it took a website and a shadchan from Queens, who, by the way my wife
only met after the simcha, to be vessels in reuniting to halves of the same soul…Isn’t
it funny how H-shem works. Thank you H-shem and thank you SawYouAtSinai for helping
me find my bashert.”
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