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Make Me a Match: An Evening with Jewish Matchmaking’s Aleeza Ben Shalom

Wednesday, October 11, 2023, 7:30–9:00 pm

In Person (Sanctuary)

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match! From "Fiddler on the Roof" to Netflix’s "Jewish Matchmaking," matchmakers have played a significant role in Jewish history and culture. Join renowned dating coach Aleeza Ben Shalom from Netflix's "Jewish Matchmaking," live on stage with The Nosher's Shannon Sarna, for a discussion on modern matchmaking techniques and proven tips for finding your special someone. Following their talk, engage in her matchmaking process with an interactive coaching session for four lucky singles representing NYC's diverse Jewish community. Co-sponsored by UJA-Federation of NY, NY Jewish Week / 70 Faces Media, and Central Synagogue. 

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Aleeza Ben Shalom is the renowned globe-trotting Jewish Matchmaker, captivating audiences worldwide. With her highly popular Netflix show, "Jewish Matchmaking," reaching millions of viewers across 130 countries and being translated into 37 languages, she has become a true international sensation. Aleeza finds immense joy in hearing herself dubbed in Swahili, further solidifying her global impact. 

Beyond her impressive television career, Aleeza is a multifaceted professional, excelling as a matchmaker, dating coach, speaker, and author. Her books, "Get Real, Get Married: Your Guide to Get Over Your Hurdles and Under the Chuppah" and "Virtual Dating: Your guide to Relationships in a Socially Distanced World," have provided invaluable guidance to countless individuals seeking love and companionship. 

As the founder of Marriage Minded Mentor, an esteemed platform connecting singles worldwide with expert dating coaches, Aleeza and her dedicated team navigate individuals through the intricate journey of finding love, irrespective of age, affiliation, or life stage. Their mission is to empower singles and assist them in achieving meaningful relationships. 

Aleeza has two podcasts called "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" with Montreal's "Love Rabbi" Yisroel Bernath, where they answer questions on dating and relationships and "The Yentas" with matchmakers Michal Naisteter and Danielle Selber take questions from real people who are navigating dating right now and YENTA about it with their signature insight, perspective and compassion.  

Aleeza's expertise has earned her widespread recognition in the media. Her insightful relationship advice has been sought after by prestigious outlets such as BBC World News, NPR, Rolling Stone, People & Women's Health. 


Shannon Sarna serves as Editor at Large for The Nosher and Food Content & Special Projects Editor for 70 Faces Media. She first began her career in the Jewish communal world at Hillel International as special assistant to the president, and then served as communications manager for The Samuel Bronfman Foundation. Her love of challah and exploring diverse cuisines inspired a professional transition into Jewish food. She is author of two cookbooks, Modern Jewish Baker and Modern Jewish Comfort Food and has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens Magazine, Bake from Scratch Magazine, The Kitchn, Food52, Bon Appetit and USA Today. 


Photo Credit: @JamieGordonPhotography