yuconnectslogo1How can parents and rabbis assist in navigating today’s daunting “dating maze,” and how can our community help? A benefit breakfast to support YUConnects will iy’H take place on Sunday, May 22, at 9:30 a.m. at the home of Michelle and Eli Salig in Lawrence. Caring community members are welcome to attend to learn more about the YUConnects program while gaining practical tips on assisting their loved ones. There will be an opportunity to network with top-notch matchmakers and see what is new in the dating world.

Rabbi Allen Schwartz is the dynamic guest speaker who can offer unique insights as the rabbi of Ohab Zedek on the Upper West Side of NYC, an area with the largest community of Modern Orthodox singles. The Young Israel of Woodmere’s Rabbi Shay Schachter will provide words of introduction. There will be interesting short informational films and the attendees get to enjoy a delicious dairy buffet.

Marjorie Glatt, a rebbetzin at the Young Israel of Woodmere and volunteer for YUConnects, points out that “YUConnects has focused many of its recent programs on Long Island and in the Five Towns. We have had shabbatons with shuls and a successful meet-the-matchmaker evening in March, and are working on a Shavuos lecture program for young professionals. 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 on June 4 in partnership with DineNMeet and Young Israel of Woodmere.

Celebrating more than 250 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 is self-funded. The program is internationally known for its unique social events, educational forums, personalized guidance, and targeted match suggestions. By fostering healthy relationship-building towards marriage, YUConnects is making its mark on the Jewish dating arena. There is a one-month trial membership promotion during this month. Learn more by e-mailing yuconnects@yu.edu, visiting www.yuconnects.com, or calling 516-603-8141. v

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