Matchmaker, matchmaker, save the Jewish people! Jews of Los Angeles, stop making excuses for dating and marrying non-Jews. There are over 650,000 Jews right here in LA. Let’s say about half of them (325,000) are the right sex for you. Let’s say there are five different age ranges, leaving 65,000 options for you. Out of 65Â thousandÂ choices, there’s got to be one who you’re compatible with on core levels.
How do you find love, if you’re looking for it? JDate? Tinder? Jewish events and parties? Friends of friends? Speed-dating? All of the above? I’m here to tell you there’s nothing wrong with any of that, but when you’ve exhausted your resources, or if you want a more personal experience, consider using a matchmaker.
Jenny Apple MatchmakingÂ offers personalized services that are “handpicked” for you (get it?). Curious to learn more? Check out Jenny’s responses to my questions:
1. What made you want to be a matchmaker?
“Two main occurrences: First, so many friends and acquaintances kept asking me to set them up since they know I have a large network. Secondly, seven months ago, I set up my first couple! They are so happy and so good together. She just moved in with him this week and I’ve never felt so fulfilled”
2. What’s your favorite part of matching people up?
“Bringing two people together who otherwise would not have met, and seeing them add to each others’ lives. I love getting to know new people, and am passionate about researching about love, dating, and marriage”
3. What type of clients are you looking for?
“People who are ready to meet the last person they will date – their soul mate! PeopleÂ who are open-minded, successful, and interesting; individuals who have a lot to offer to someone else”
4. How do you know the keyÂ to a successful match?
“Love is not a science, but there are compatibility factors that effect wether two people will succeed. After asking the basic questions, we delve deeper and figure out why you do what you do or love what you love. What are your most important values? What is your lifestyle like? How could another person be complimentary to that?”
5. What are your favorite LA sexyÂ date spots?
“I must say LA is an amazing city because of its diversity. I recommendÂ anything from simple drinks at MoonshadowsÂ or The Sunset Restaraunt in Malibu, to downtown rooftop adventures (like ping-pong atÂ The Standard), to secret hole-in-the-wall jazz nights. I also really love bringing out the inner-child of my clients and suggestingÂ White Castle in Sherman Oaks”
6. What’s the best advice you can give about making relationships work?
“The first step is knowing yourself and being ready for lasting love. The second step is learning more about the person you’re on a date with and seeing them in different circumstances, fully understanding their character. Having aligned long-term goals is key. Once you learn enough about how that person treats you and others, don’t be afraid to be vulnerable and put that person’s needs before your own. This is just the beginning, and relationships take a lot of work, but when you’re with someone who brings out the best in you and vice versa, it should be easy to have fun with that person”
7. What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
“Rabbi Manis Friedman says relationships work best when you put your partner’s needs before your own”
8. How can people sign up?
“By filling out this form!”