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The crowd is hushed as Erin Davis a 30-year-old, waif-like blond, our host for the night, announces it’s time for ice breakers, where we’ll read funny and ironic facts about each other and guess who it could be.Later I’ll leave after arranging a date with an adorable man handpicked by Davis whom my mother would kvell—ahem, gush—over.“The larger a pool of potential dates you have, the more the paradox of choice causes people to freeze up,” says Ori Neidich, one of Davis’ Presen Tense mentors.“Erin has tapped into a need, you still have to meet people in person no matter what because that kind of chemistry can never be imitated by technology.” Old-school matchmaking is making inroads onto the scene for the crowd of those sick of swiping their phones to no end.’” A handful of miracle couples have come out of her dinners—and one marriage is on the way.
Even with modern traditions, the core of the evening is Judaism.
“You don’t just have to do it for Shabbat, there can be Christian dinners, Muslim dinners,” Stanger says.
“There are ways to do this for any type of common interest.” Davis has a long way to go before the company is truly ringing in a profit.
Aside from Davis’ Shabbat model, there are others trying to reinvent the process.
Train Spottings uses matchmakers, known as ‘conductors,’ who scope the New York City Subway scene for singles to match with clients.
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And San-Francisco-based Dating Ring, available in multiple cities, assigns users with personal matchmakers, only syncing up matches with permission from both users.