She started hosting at least one Shabbat dinner a month in 2013.
“I felt there was a void in the Jewish community of Shabbat dinners in intimate homes,” she says.
“You don’t just have to do it for Shabbat, there can be Christian dinners, Muslim dinners,” Stanger says.
“So my mom said: ‘What about the miracle of Shabbat?“The larger a pool of potential dates you have, the more the paradox of choice causes people to freeze up,” says Ori Neidich, one of Davis’ Presen Tense mentors.“Erin has tapped into a need, you still have to meet people in person no matter what because that kind of chemistry can never be imitated by technology.” Old-school matchmaking is making inroads onto the scene for the crowd of those sick of swiping their phones to no end.“ And I realized it was an ideal environment for singles to meet each other.” She interviews singles and promises those selected for the dinner a potential partner, a night of unlimited alcohol and a meal, at her apartment or one of the guests’ who chooses to host, all for just —a division of 18, or chai in Hebrew, a lucky number in Judasim—The idea became a business when Davis applied and received a fellowship through Presen Tense, a social entrepreneurial program with a focus on the Jewish community.Davis got access to mentors, donors and business classes to put her vision in place.But after traveling Europe and researching the genocide, she felt it a strong pull toward preserving Jewish heritage and rituals. A 2013 PEW study revealed that the percentage of U. adults who say they are Jewish when asked about their religion has been cut by about half since the late 1950s.And more than half of Jewish Americans have married a non-Jewish spouse.Apps have taken dating and turned it into a giant game of hot-or-not, where choices are endless and real relationships are few and far between.Sure, JDate is popular and apps like Tinder and Hinge are growing, but that has consequences.One night it was Magic and Macarons, where a Jewish magician performed and macarons were served for dessert.Another called Shabbat in the Sky was held in a 52nd-floor penthouse in New York’s financial district.