Rabbi Menachem Penner of RIETS

What new resources are available to those navigating the dating scene? How can loved ones become proactive? A benefit breakfast to support YUConnects will iy’H take place on Sunday, May 7, at 9:30 a.m. at the home of Sharona and Jeff Weinberg of 960 Browers Point Branch in Woodmere. Caring community members are welcome to attend and network with each other while meeting some excellent local matchmakers.

Rabbi Menachem Penner, the Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS at Yeshiva University, is the dynamic guest speaker whose talk “Explaining ‘Bashert’ in a World of Choices” offers meaningful insights in today’s world. A delicious dairy buffet will be served. While this is not a singles event, funds raised will promote future programs.

Marjorie Glatt, a rebbetzin at the Young Israel of Woodmere and volunteer for YUConnects, points out that “YUConnects has focused many of its social and educational programs on Long Island and in the Five Towns. Happily, quite a number of our recent engagements have been from the local area. By supporting organizations like YUConnects, each of us can make an impact and expand opportunities for today’s generation.” YUConnects is also currently planning a singles’ shabbaton in June in partnership with DineNMeet and Young Israel of Woodmere.

Celebrating 288 engagements in just a few years of existence, YUConnects serves as a one-stop dating resource for Orthodox singles. While it is housed at Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future, it is open to all and needs to raise its own budget to continue its work. Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Rabbi Mordechai Willig, and Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky, all strong supporters of the program, serve as the rabbinic advisers. The organization also benefits from an advisory council of outstanding Jewish leaders and faculty from the university. Learn more by e-mailing yuconnects@yu.edu, visiting www.yuconnects.com, or calling 516-603-8141.


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