This Sunday, July 28 at 6:00 p.m. Chazaq’s Shidduch Initiative will launch its inaugural event at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, 150-11 70th Rd., in KGH. The program will feature world-renowned speaker, maggid, and mohel Rabbi Paysach J. Krohn and HaRav Yitzchok Kolodetsky shlit”a, son-in-law of Hagaon Rav Chaim Kanievsky shlit”a. A networking session will be held with various shidduch agencies each holding specific tools to create more dates hopefully leading to successful shidduchim. Men and women are encouraged to attend the gathering; there is no admission fee.
The purpose of this initiative is to address the shidduch situation in a manner not done before. The idea is for shuls across the country to be united in being active participants in educating their single young adult men and women with resources to obtain dates. Every shul across the map and across the hashakfah line in the Orthodox world is encouraged to join this initiative. With a centralized office in Queens, shuls will be kept up-to-date with available opportunities for singles. This may include programs, appropriate websites, lectures, shadchanim, or whatever is deemed to be beneficial.
“With this initiative, we hope to have rabbis throughout the country appoint a small yet active committee to interact with our office to receive and distribute information promptly and effectively,” explained Mrs. Odeleya Jacobs, director of the Chazaq Shidduch Initiative.
This is truly is a unique opportunity to involve my rabbinical colleagues and lay people alike in the shidduch effort without adding a crushing burden to our already-busy schedules. As a Rabbinical Board Member of the Chazaq Shidduch Initiative, I emphasize that we must not forget that it is in the shul where life begins and thrives for the Orthodox Jew. Shidduchim must be part of that agenda.
The program is an ambitious one. There will be a major campaign to recruit rabbis and committee members in the months ahead. To date, rabbinic authorities like Rabbi Eytan Feiner and Rabbi Yisroel Reisman have agreed to be helpful to the program. The list of course will grow as shuls from neighborhood to neighborhood register with the Chazaq Shidduch Initiative.
By Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld