On Wednesday, January 22. Mrs. Mindy Eisenman, YUConnects’ Staff Connector, spent less than 24 hours in LA, and ran two educational sessions, held numerous private meetings and led a hugely successful singles event. Under the leadership of Sarah Emerson Helfand, YU’s West Coast Regional Director, with the help of a dedicated group of singles and community leaders, Mindy’s day was filled with many and varied opportunities to work with the LA Jewish community on helping create more connections for singles. Ariella Teichman (SCW ‘11), who spearheaded the planning for the day of events and connected many community members and singles to educate them about YUConnects, explained her motivation: “I’ve seen all the good work YUConnects does in the New York tri-state area and I thought that we should bring some of that excellent programming to the LA community.” Mindy’s first stop was a presentation to parents at the home of Dorit and Alan Teichman called “Enter the Mentor: The Role that Family and Friends play in Relationships,” where she spoke about how parents can best utilize the resources of a matchmaker, how to best network for a child or friend and ways to support their child or friend during the dating period. The afternoon session for community matchmakers was hosted by Cheryl and Ron Nagel. Mindy presented “Tales from the Trenches: One Matchmaker’s tips from 5 years at YUConnects.” Throughout the day, Mindy had many individual and productive meetings with singles and parents from the LA area. The highlight of the visit was a wonderful evening Panoply trivia program for over 50 men and women, ages 22-30. This beautiful event, graciously hosted by Diana and Sam Hirt, in memory of Diana’s mother, allowed singles to connect and mingle in a relaxed atmosphere, with about 20 community matchmakers in attendance as well. YUConnects coordinated the crucial event follow-up with the help of local matchmakers and we are happy to report that numerous dates have already been arranged! Overall, the L.A. visit was a prime example of excellent community partnership with YUConnects that yielded tremendous benefits.