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SawYouAtSinai organizes “Back to Camp” Shabbaton and 5k Charity Run over Memorial Day Week end
New York, NY, June 1st, 2005 – SawYouAtSinai, the online Jewish matchmaking service, furthered its expansion into event planning by organizing two events over Memorial day Week End.
For one event, SawYouAtSinai teamed with the Alevy Family Foundation to provide the first “Back to Camp” Getaway. Four hundred and twenty singles and matchmakers drove and flew from as far away as Miami, Los Angeles, and even Vienna, to Camp Moshava, located in the Northeastern Pennsylvania hillside. Traffic, stylish suits, and hopes of bumping into the “one” at a cafe, were replaced by frisbee tossing and crisp, mountain air as everyone was given the refreshing opportunity to go “Back to Camp."
Prominent Orthodox lecturers, Rabbi Binny Freedman of Isralite, Rebettzen Esther Jungreis of Hineni, and Rabbi Steven Friedman of Ramat Orah Manhattan, spoke to hundreds of assembled participants, inspiring them throughout the weekend.
Sunday activities included color war games, rope courses, softball games, and just hanging out. Whilst the relaxing evenings brought bonfires, music and “The Mentalizer” entertainment show.
One woman quipped after the weekend, "Initially I didn't want to go. My friends dragged me up here, but now that I actually came, this was one of the best weekends of my life."
Steven Alevy of the Alevy Family Foundation added, “I can’t imagine doing another getaway without Marc and the rest of the SawYouAtSinai team by my side. Because of the organizational know-how and talented matchmakers they provided, people were at ease during the retreat, even if they weren’t taking down phone numbers. This let people think not only about themselves, but also about their friends, bringing out the ‘inner-matchmaker’ in everyone.”
In addition, on Monday May 30th, SawYouAtSinai helped organize the L’Chaim 5K run with Young Israel of Jamaica Estates. With thousands of people attending, the event raised $70000 for important organizations and causes in Israel. Apart from the run itself, SawYouAtSinai members participated in painting a mural (to be given to Israeli Children’s hospitals) and meeting other singles and matchmakers. It was a fun day for all.
The success of these events will continue, as SawYouAtSinai has already hired a full-time activities coordinator to expand the site’s events menu, bringing meaningful entertainment to singles everywhere.
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 13000 members. SawYouAtSinai has over 280 experienced matchmakers from diverse backgrounds, focusing on its members’ various age ranges, religious levels, locations and personalities. With 172 members successfully matched, SawYouAtSinai continues to benefit Conservative, Modern Orthodox and Yeshivish/Black Hat singles from Jewish communities throughout the world.