Rabbi Yehezkel Fogel had already seen the need. I have a son. So if you have something to offer Students at the dozen or so ultra-Orthodox campuses in Israel are eligible. They periodically get an email with a link to an online form. Questions include the usual name and age, plus number of siblings and whether those siblings are married, parents' occupations and what style of religious dress the person wears, including what head covering would be expected after marriage.
Then it's back to tradition. A matchmaker reads all the forms, calls up each student and sets to work. In this startup, the matchmaker happens to be the founder's mom. Tubi Postavsky doesn't follow the custom of meeting participants — or parents — in person.
But she digs into their soul on the phone. I'm trying to open them up and learn what they need," she says. The key difference between traditional ultra-Orthodox matchmaking and this service is that here people are valued for having experiences outside the often closed ultra-Orthodox communities.
Eli Postavsky says he saw matchmakers who didn't really know how to treat him without the familiar pedigree of religious study. About students have signed up since it began late last December. Natanel Schlesinger, 24, married a woman four months after they met through the service.
They go to different schools and lived two hours apart, so they might never have met otherwise. She is certain she wants a husband, plenty of kids and a career. But she is well past traditional marrying age in her community. Correction April 21, A previous Web version of this story incorrectly gave Yael Mizrachi's age as