So, this week’s Jewish Week has an article by Gabi Birkner about couples who met on birthright trips and who are now getting married. (Mazal tov, G-d willing by you in the right hour.)
Rachel Gray, now 28 and a program director for a health and fitness center, heard that matchmaking was â€œpart of the underlying plan.â€ But when she went on a birthright trip in 2000, she was not looking for a boyfriend. â€œI had just gotten out of a relationship, and decided before I went that I wasn’t going to worry about meeting anybody,â€ said Gray, who at the time was a student at the University of Maryland. Yet by the end of the trip, she had fallen in love with a fellow birthright participant David Mintz, to whom she is now engaged. The two live in Lyndhurst, N.J.
On the night before Gray’s plane was to leave Israel, she and Mintz, who is now 27 and works in events department at the National Basketball Association, [began their life of crime with theft as they] took a blanket from the Tel Aviv hotel where their birthright groups were staying, and headed to a nearby beach. There, they stayed until dawn, trading stories about their lives, recounting the memories they had made over the past 10 days, and vowing to make their relationship work even though they attended college 400 miles apart.
â€œThat night, I looked into his eyes, and thought, â€˜This is the guy I’m going to marry,’â€ Gray recalled.[…] Mintz and Gray […] agreed that birthright provides a decidedly germane atmosphere in which to meet one’s soul mate. â€œIt’s not like you’re in a bar,â€ Gray said. â€œIt’s more spiritual, more meaningful. On birthright, you get to know people on a much deeper level â€” and that can emotionally draw you to them.â€
Hey, did any of you people from the Jewlicious birthright trip get engaged to each other? Don’t let us be the last to know, for
publicity’s Heaven’s sake.