“That’s pretty much the only way to describe it,” she explained. Wruble, who is Modern Orthodox, has found it hard being single in her community, with its emphasis on marriage and family.“It was so sudden and traumatic.” However much she misses him, Wruble craves that amazing feeling again. But the Modern Orthodox community has recently started paying particular attention to second-time singles, helping them find a new match through specially tailored events and dedicated matchmakers.It seems that each of these is tailored with a specific audience in mind.
It’s incredibly unscientific but, for example, when I give talks at rabbinical conferences, I ask, ‘How many of you have experienced a divorce in your community in the past few years? When I ask the people who are doing work in Jewish divorce courts, they tell me that they seem to be busier.” As second-time singles have become more visible, events tailored to their needs have started to spring up.
“I would think there has always been a need for these programs,” said rebbetzin Judi Steinig, director of programming for the National Council of Young Israel. People need to find safe and enjoyable venues to connect with other people in similar situations.” Last year Steinig brought second-time singles together to learn about Israeli activism at the Young Israel Synagogue of Hillcrest in Flushing, Queens.
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