There is so much talk about the struggles of shidduchim. While the challenge may be real, the Rebbe was clear about the approach we should take to any challenge: Do something about it and do it joyfully.
The International Shidduch Group Network is doing just that. The network is pleased to announce the launch of the very first Shidduch Network office in Crown Heights. Currently located at CHYE, 510 Empire Boulevard, the office is a place where any Chabad or Chabad-friendly single is able to meet for a one-on-one interview with a shadchan.
The goal is to provide an opportunity for singles to develop a personal relationship with a shadchan who will be dedicated to finding a match tailored to his or her needs. Here, instead of a single or their parents going through the arduous process of making multiple shadchan calls and visits, they have the advantage of access to a network of shadchanim who brainstorm together to find an appropriate match.
Moreover, the Network has the added advantage of an online database of profiles on their website, www.findyourbashert.com , which shadchanim can use to more effectively make matches. Elana Bergovoy, co-founder and President of the Network, comments, “We want to get out of the shtetl and move into 21st century, by bringing together the personal touch of the past with the technology of now.”
From its humble beginnings 14 years ago, in a living room in Chicago, The Shidduch Group Network expanded in grassroots fashion to include chapters in over 50 locations worldwide and is proud to have fostered hundreds of successful marriages. And now it want to bring its tools to Crown Heights.
Commenting on what has brought about their success, Bergovoy says, “We are more about the recipe, than the resume. When we started, we weren’t just relying on dialing matchmakers, but rather bringing Hashem into the process in a more real way.”
She adds, “We believe in getting to the chuppah using the Rebbe’s directive and this has informed our model, creating a shift in people’s approach to shidduchim.”
Through group learning, davening on behalf of others, increased tzedakah contributions and creating a more positive mindset to shidduchim, each chapter of the Network puts into action this model.
It is this marriage of ruchnius and gashmius that the new office intends to embody, so that the fruits of the Shidduch Group Network will keep growing.
In order to do so, the Network invites all women to an uplifting and entertaining launch event with singer and musician Esther Freeman that wiill be taking place on Thursday night, Tu B’Av, at the Rubashkins residence, 1349 President Street. Women are encouraged to prepay for the event online at www.shidduchgroupnetwork.com/events in order to get the early bird discount of $20.
For more information and to register on the database, please visit, www.findyourbashert.com
To book an interview at the office, please select a time slot online a www.findyourbashert.com/interviews. A one-time fee of $54 is charged for the service.