(Her husband, Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky, is rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva University and religious leader of Cong.
Ohr Ha Torah in Bergenfield.) “One never knows where you will meet someone.” Sobolofsky, who holds a doctorate in social work, is the director of YUConnects, a Center for the Jewish Future initiative devoted to creating matchmaking opportunities for Orthodox Jewish singles.
“If people want to go out and meet people, we have events to help people meet,” she said.
But if students are too busy studying to attend events, or if a young man is busy learning in the beis medrash or a young woman doesn’t feel comfortable putting herself out there, they can be set up through the Website, she said. Among them, said Sobolofsky, is that a stigma is associated with what are considered “singles events.” The other obstacle is the male-female ratio.
The YUConnects Website is powered by Saw You At Sinai (SYAS), the Jewish matchmaking online service.
To protect participants’ confidentiality, members are not permitted to surf through all the profiles.
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“One of the connectors at YUConnects was very helpful in making it happen,” he said, declining to divulge more details.
He added that he’s not the only one who has enjoyed the fruits of YUConnect’s labors.
Singles in search of a mate should take advantage of multiple avenues and media, advises Efrat Sobolofsky, who spearheads a social networking group for Jewish singles.
“You can sign up on several Websites, go to a variety of singles events, and try more than one matchmaker,” said the rebbetzin.