The Aussie Gourmet connects singles through their mutual love . . . of food.
The Aussie Gourmet connects singles through their mutual love . . . of food.

By Marjorie Glatt

“How to Make Shabbos in Under Two Hours!” was the focus of the fascinating cooking class offered to singles last week. Co-sponsored by the Young Israel of Woodmere and YUConnects, young professionals–men and women–came to learn some great kitchen tips from gourmet chef Naomi Nachman, our neighborhood’s own “Aussie Gourmet.” Not only did they learn quick-and-easy recipes (while tasting them, too!) but everyone enjoyed the opportunity to “mix” and network together.

Despite the nasty weather last Thursday, November 19, everybody came to the lovely Woodmere home of Penina and Zvi Wiener in good spirits. By rotating tables and participating in food-based challenges, all attendees had the opportunity to meet each other. “I loved the program. I’m definitely going to try Naomi’s Sizzlin’ Chili Cholent in my crockpot next week,” exclaimed one young man. The request for follow-up has also been enthusiastic. Many people have expressed interest in each other or asked the host committee and YUConnects to further assist in making connections.

This event was the third in an innovative series of “How to . . .” practical workshops initiated by YUConnects. “How to Save a Life” taught CPR and Heimlich skills, while “How to Invest in the Stock Market and Win!” offered money management and investing tips. YUConnects is a nonprofit, self-funded program housed at Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future but is open to everyone in the community. To date, 456 happy individuals have found their spouses through YUConnects, which offers an online database powered by SawYouAtSinai, educational forums, personal guidance, as well as unique social events.

To learn more about YUConnects or its fall promotion trial membership, contact their friendly office at or call 212-960-5400, ext. 6163.

The Young Israel of Woodmere’s active “YIWMeet” group coordinates social events throughout the year and will e-mail anyone who wishes to learn about upcoming events. Contact for more information.


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