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By Shabsie Saphirstein

Are you struggling with finding your bashert? Can you use a bit of guidance during the course of dating? Chazaq’s monumental Shidduch Initiative is the answer to your struggles.

The mission remains clear: all singles need to find their match. Take your friend’s family down the block: they have a Yeshivish son who is coming back from year three in Israel and is certainly of marriageable age, another son within a few years of age who qualifies as Modern Orthodox and has a respectable career, along with a wonderful, bubbly daughter who fits right in the middle. All these wonderful children, products of your wonderful neighborhood of shuls and yeshivos, deserve the shidduch of their dreams. The responsibility to help the singles of our community find their match rests upon all of us.

The Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, 150-11 70th Road, KGH, has graciously agreed to open its doors this Sunday, July 28, at 6 p.m., for this remarkable community-wide project. Join singles, parents, and the community at large for a spectacular gathering of tefillos and learn relevant yeshuos. The solutions exist and they are literally at our fingertips. All participants will leave with an array of tools to successfully navigate and expand their network throughout the entire shidduch process.

Maran HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita, is the most sought-after gadol for berachos in our generation. We will have the unique privilege to hear words of chizuk from his esteemed son-in-law, HaRav Yitzchok Kolodetsky, shlita. His wife, Rebbetzin Leah Kolodetsky, daughter of Rebbetzin Batsheva Kanievsky, a’h, continues her mother’s legacy of chesed. Rav Kolodetsky is recognized in communities across the United States for his unique capabilities in shidduchim.

To this end, the Chazaq Organization was honored with a beautiful memorandum from HaRav Kolodetsky with a haskamah on behalf of his father-in-law blessing Chazaq with their efforts on this specific undertaking.

This powerful gathering will feature a keynote address by world-renowned maggid, author, and mohel Rabbi Paysach J. Krohn, who is regarded for his exceptional dedication and involvement in the area of shidduchim.

Take a moment and scroll through your phone contacts, talk to your community friends, and reach out to those in your family. How many single young adults do you come across? Every Orthodox shul must take upon itself the responsibility of creating a small yet effective shidduch committee that will be tasked with disseminating the approved materials and coveted resources provided, monthly. From Modern Orthodox to yeshivish, Sephardic to Ashkenazi, all segments of the community are urged to partake in this display of unity.

An informational session will follow where attendees will gain necessary tools to navigate and expand their network for prospective matches. There will be an opportunity to meet a slew of Torah-based prominent shidduch resources for individual guidance that have long been inaccessible to various sectors of the public. All aspects of the dating process will be touched upon — how to get set up, conduct oneself, and continue through the course of dating.

As a community, we are obligated to collectively unite and help our singles find their right one. There is no singular method to find one’s bashert; however, we can take advantage of the tools set before us.

Some of those showcasing success in making shidduchim include:

Adopt a Shadchan’s founder, Lisa Elefant, allows dedicated shadchanim to concentrate their time in a targeted fashion in a community-based manner pinpointing each subscribed shul.

Baila Yaniv, founder of Partners in Shidduchim, explains how everyone is empowered with finding their match their way by appointing their own shadchan and using an advanced search filter to locate vetted singles of all ages and backgrounds as well as second-time-around-ers, while storing their records and ideas on one platform. The platform also offers monthly webinar training to guide their search.

Marc Goldmann, founder of SawYouAtSinai, described how his platform maintains over 250 screened and experienced shadchanim combined with sophisticated technology to review thousands of personalized profiles enabling one to find their bashert — like its over 3,250 engaged members since inception in 2004.

Margie Glatt, special projects coordinator at YUConnects, details how it is unique as it is a one-stop dating resource for all members of the Jewish community offering a matchmaking database, unique social events, educational seminars, and academic research, alongside referrals, personal mentorship, and guidance.

Join the Chazaq Shidduch Initiative this Sunday in Queens to experience these tools and many more firsthand with a new effective approach. The term “shidduch crisis” has long loomed throughout Jewish homes. Together as a community we will ensure this is an idiom of yesteryear.

For more information on the vast array of Chazaq’s programming and the Shidduch Initiative, or to sponsor in the merit of a shidduch, please contact Odeleya Jacobs at Shidduch@Chazaq.org.

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