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YUConnects Winter 2013 eNewsletter

YUConnects is at the forefront of offering today's generation more opportunities than ever through combining the best in technological advances with a warm personal touch. With nearly 3000 members and over 90 trained Connectors, YUConnects is also able to conduct academic research and use its educational forums and interactive social events as premier relationship tools for so many in the Orthodox world.

YUConnects just celebrated its 145th engagement and arranges hundreds of dates each week!

As you make your year-end tax deductible contributions don’t miss out on the opportunity to support our non-profit organization and become our partner in this beautiful and essential mitzvah.

Donate today to remember your loved ones, in the merit of someone finding a match, for a speedy recovery, to celebrate a simcha, or simply to honor a special person. Click here to give now.

upcoming Events

Monday, December 30 - Tonight!
“Shiur & Sushi” with Rabbi Dr. David Shabtai. 
Sushi, sweets and mingling at 8:30 pm.
Shiur begins at 9:00pm.

Another interesting lecture in our popular series. Come hear a fascinating talk on the halachic view of blood and marrow donations. No pre-registration or fee is required. Sponsored in memory of Ethel Korn, a’h. Email for more information.

Recent Events

YUConnects Shabbaton in Teaneck, November 1-2
Nearly 70 young men and women participated in the Shabbaton at Cong. Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck with terrific results! With an interactive Friday night symposium "A Jew in the the Workplace," a relaxed Shalosh Seudot at the home of the Orlinsky family and an exciting dairy Melava Malka with six stations of game challenges, the attendees had opportunities to meet and network. Many dates have resulted already from this beautiful weekend which was a direct result of the sponsorship of our lead supporters, Mrs. Lois Blumenfeld and her husband, Dr. Norman Sohn, as well as other generous community donors (click here to see donor list). Rav Hershel Schachter, Dr. David Pelcovitz & Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt also gave well-attended shiurim as part of this special community-wide shabbaton.

Talking Tachlis For Women, November 4
The Shenk Shul was packed with over 100 women on this autumn evening as Rav Mordechai Willig offered Torah insight into their ongoing search for a match. Mrs. Deena Schoonmaker then provided practical advice for facing issues that often come up in dating, such as opening-up in relationships, deal breakers and red flags in dating. Click here to listen Rav Willig's and Mrs. Deena Schoonmaker's shiurim. This event was co-sponsored with Shenk shul and addressed the numerous requests from YU graduates and the Washington Heights Community for more educational forums.

Is This Normal? November 11
An educational event for the undergraduate men at Yeshiva University's Wilf campus that featured 3 fascinating video clips on relationship traps and family clashes. Rav Moshe Weinberger, Mashpia at Yeshiva University, introduced the evening. Professional facilitators from the Counseling Center and YUConnects led dynamic discussions about the films produced by Project SARAH with YU's Drama Society. Engaging and eye-opening activities like these were appreciated by the 80 students that attended. More educational panels are being planned for the spring. Stay tuned!

Shiur & Sushi by Rabbi Ari Zahtz,
November 20

Another “Shiur & Sushi” was held at the Koenigsberg home in Washington Heights. Rabbi Zahtz gave a wonderful shiur with over 40 people in attendance. This event was sponsored by the Wiesen family. If you would like to sponsor this or any other YUConnects event, please email

mazel tov

  • Elisheva Swartz (YUConnects member) from Silver Spring, MD/ Washington Heights, NY and Michael Friedman (YUConnects member) from Cranford, NJ/ Washington Heights, NY on their engagement!
    The match was made by Chava Willig Levy!
  • Avigayil Klagsbrun (YUConnects member) from Passaic, NJ and Yonatan Mittel (SYAS member) from Kew Gardens Hills, NY on their engagement!
    The match was made by Sima Greenstein!
  • Arney Zaslow (YUConnects member) from Lower Merion, PA and Jacob Rogelberg (YUConnects member) from Great Neck, NY on their engagement! The match was made by Laurel Shoshani!
  • Rachel Weintraub of Baltimore, MD and Jon Stein (YUConnects member) of Silver Spring, MD on their engagement!
    The match was made by Varda Berkovitz!
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Educational Publications

Our Connector, Chava Willig Levy,
made two engagements this month
and published her wonderful and
inspiring memoir,"A Life Not With Standing." For more information about
her book and what everyone can learn about being open-minded in the
search for a spouse, click here.

YUConnects Consults with Communities! Speakers, matchmakers and event organizers offer pro-active tips tailored for local areas. For more information, click here.

Our members can schedule a personal meeting with our full-time Staff Connector, Mrs. Mindy Eisenman, so that she can get to know them better, review their online profile and make better targeted match suggestions. An appointment is necessary and a small fee is charged. Call our office today 212-960-5400 X 6163 to find out more and schedule an appointment

Our program relies upon generous communal support to continue our activities. Please donate today in the memory of a loved one, to celebrate a simcha or in the merit of someone finding their match. Thank you for your help!

Sign up today for the YUConnects on-line matchmaking site.
YUConnects is open to YU Students, alumni and the entire community.
YU and Stern undergraduates can join for free.


 YUConnects Staff
Tova Klapper, Administrator
Mindy Eisenman, Staff Connector
Marjorie Glatt, Special Projects Coordinator
Dr. Efrat Sobolofsky, Director

 YUConnects Advisory Council Members
Dr. Daniel and Michelle Berman, Sharon Blumenthal, Michael Feldstein, Dov and Dr. Naomi Greenblatt, Sharon Haberman,
Charlie Harary, Dr. Tova Koenigsberg, Cheryl Nagel, Henry Orlinsky, Dr. David Pelcovitz

To sponsor upcoming newsletters or events please see our giving page

YUConnects, a Project of Yeshiva University's Center for the Jewish Future
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