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YUConnects, currently celebrating its 282nd engagement, usually hosts between ten and twelve social events a year; this year, however, they have expanded internationally!

With over 3000+ members and 70 matchmakers in their online database powered by SawYouAtSinai, YUConnects is known both for their educational forums and unique social events. Their events comprise educational, social, and recreational activities that people enjoy independent of the ultimate goal of “meeting someone”. Past events have included a hike in Central Park, chesed activities, career advice in a Trump Tower conference room, a cooking competition, guidance on investing in the stock market and many others.

Having established a solid reputation for creative and engaging programming, YUConnects was recently approached with a request to run an event in Israel geared for the hundreds of Anglo olim. Through a partnership with the OU center, the event was called “Shiur, Sushi, and Sufganiyot” and included a lecture by Rabbi Chaim Eisenstein of the Gruss Kollel. Over 120 people attended to meet each other and listen to a lecture on technology entitled, “Device and Conquer!” Matchmakers from the site and other community matchmakers were present. Marjorie Glatt, responsible for special programs and events for YUConnects, added that the YU Israel office was very involved in this event and could not have happened without the work of Stephanie Strauss, Chavi Samet, Aviva Penn, with the help of Elana Schreier Glatt, representing YUConnects. Rabbi Sam Shor and Rikki Liss of the OU will continue this partnership along with a new initiative for millennial Olim called J-Chat. After the event one young woman noted, “the matchmakers were very friendly and super personable. I told a lot of friends to definitely consider going to future YUConnects events…overall it was great!”

Mrs. Glatt noted, “YUConnects was thrilled to offer its first international event; we are always proud to partner with other organizations, as it brings in new members and exciting collaboration.”

Dr. Efrat Sobolofsky, Director of YUConnects, noted that she is, “gratified by YUConnect’s continued growth, and repeated requests to run educational forums. We have fascinating research that is soon to be published regarding identifying matchmaker strengths, and leveraging that knowledge to enhance the overall success of matchmaking for YUConnects . It is gratifying to discover that our research studies have been useful to members and matchmakers in maximizing relationship-building opportunities.”

YUConnect’s unique resources include university faculty, rabbinic advisors and social workers, they look forward to hosting many more successful educational and social events in the future. This past Sunday, YUConnects enjoyed a prominent presence at the OU’s Torah In The City at Citi Field, which was a great opportunity for members to engage and network. An area in the lounge was designated for YUConnects and people were able to informally meet with matchmakers. Upcoming events include an educational symposium at the YU Seforim Sale and a program in March with Nefesh B’nefesh.

To learn more about YUConnects upcoming events, search the events tab on their website yuconnects.com, or email yuconnect@yu.edu.

 

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