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Audio: Documentary Follows Jewish Singles Looking for Love in Israel

Documentary reveals the bitter-sweet truth about dating for religious Jewish singles in Israel.
12/19/2013, 11:45 AM

A7 Radio's "Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast" with Ben Bresky
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The new documentary Make Me A Match follows Jewish singles in their search for true love in Israel, including issues of dating, marriage, cancelled engagements, and their trips to the matchmaker (shadchan). The film debuted this month at the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival. Israel Beat takes you there for an interview with the director Wendla Nölle, who also discusses her previous film, the award-winning documentary on Jewish musicians entitled The Chosen Ones

Daniella Tourgeman, the artistic director of the festival talks about the history of the Cinematheque and the diversity of Israeli movies. Jerusalem based comedian and owner of the Off the Wall Comedy Basement and concert venue talks about how it felt to have his romantic life portrayed on film and gives advice to other singles. Also, excerpts from the panel discussion which followed the screening which featured Israel-based "marriage architect" Daniella Rudoff, one of the matchmakers who explains dating from her point of view, and a follow-up from the subjects on who got married and who stayed single. Plus, local movie-goers weigh in give their feelings about the film. Tune in for a funny and poignant discussion.

Also on the show, music from the Halley Shoenberg Jazz Quintet, the Hebrew version of Fiddler on the Roof, new music from Ethnix and a classic from Mashina.

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Ben Bresky is a music journalist and recording engineer living in Jerusalem. He hosts The Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast interviewing a wide range of Jewish and Israeli musicians from Carlebach to klezmer, from hasidic to trance. For full archives visit
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