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YUConnects Annual Shabbat Nachamu Weekend
The welcoming atmosphere of the YUConnects & SawYouatSinai Shabbat Nachamu Weekend
2009 was a breath of fresh air for the 350 men and women who attended. The weekend
was coordinated under the YUConnects auspices along with a group of 20 volunteer
committee members, who served as organizers and participants. The committee created
an atmosphere in which attendees felt comfortable meeting new people in a fun, warm
and interactive environment.
The weekend included Shiurim given by Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky, Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS,
Rabbi Aryeh Lightstone, Director, Long Island NCSY, and Rabbi Yaakov Werblowsky,
Maggid Shiur in the YU Stone Beis Medrash program. The warm ambiance and various
activities allowed participants to get to know each other in various forums such
as table games geared at meeting and socializing with other people. "It was truly
a rewarding experience. I found the weekend to be well organized and extremely beneficial"
one participant shared. The activities were capped off with a Melave Malka, which
included an interactive trivia tournament.
The power of the connections made - with the 25 matchmakers and connectors present
at the weekend - and with other attendees (a good number of which were current RIETS
students), continues to reverberate. As of September, over 20 couples are still
dating, with many more introductions still being made to friends. It was an opportunity
to develop new friendships, connections and potential relationships for all participants.
Another participant commented, “from start till finish this was the best Shabbaton
that I have ever had the opportunity to attend. The organizational coordination
that occurred made for an incredibly professional and efficiently run event. The
content, the population all came together to create the "feeling" of the weekend
which made the Nachamu Shabbaton such a tremendous success." Perhaps the greatest
testimony to the weekend's success is that an overwhelming number of attendees expressed
an interest in being involved in the coordination of future YUConnects events.
For more information about YUConnects, please visit www.yu.edu/cjf/yuconnects.
SawYouAtSinai was created in December 2003 to satisfy the need for a more private
and personalized approach to online Jewish dating. This Rabbinic-endorsed site uniquely
combines the power of technology, the accessibility of the internet, and the personal
touch of a matchmaker to serve its 26,000 members. SawYouAtSinai has over 300 experienced
matchmakers from diverse backgrounds, focusing on its members’ various age ranges,
religious levels, locations and personalities. With over 600 members successfully
matched, SawYouAtSinai continues to benefit Conservative, Modern Orthodox and Yeshivish/Black
Hat singles from Jewish communities throughout the world.