Hosting at a distance

Helping a group whose members are alone at home during the coronavirus social distancing period - and an idea that may help them change their status for good!

Lisa Rubin

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As I think about the many people sitting alone at home during this challenging time when we are under the siege of the Coronavirus pandemic, I am grateful that I can be home with family, but feel helpless that I can't go out to help others.

I was happy to read and hear that there are people caring for the elderly, and hotlines to assist, but there is another population here in Israel that is seriously falling through the cracks during this crisis and that is what I want to share with you. 

My “day job” is in tourism, not exactly a booming industry right now. I’ve been coordinating tours and Bar/Bat Mitzvah events in Israel for some eighteen years.

Two years ago, I began volunteering, coordinating activities for singles and, more recently, helping to redesign a website called Kulanu Shadchanim. The goal of the site is to expand the data base of singles and to enable friends and family as well as singles themselves, to search according to what they are looking for, and to enable everyone to get involved for free.

But it’s not just another singles site. We are in the process of developing a list of matchmakers, dating coaches, and lecturers. While the website is in Hebrew, we hope to translate the site to English and French.

Things were progressing well, until corona attacked Israel (and the world) and my passion for inviting single “olim” as Shabbat guests was hit by the new “social distancing” rules. Not only can these singles no longer gather together for their own meals, but we can’t host them! These single guests are often without any family in Israel and are left alone. 


Together, in our own homes with gloves on, we prepared Shabbat meals for olim from the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina, all living in Jerusalem. 
Seeing this great need, I initiated the idea to “hosting at a distance", to prepare Shabbat meals for single olim who are not able to be with their own family. I quickly contacted another family Aviva Safir that often hosts singles on Shabbat, and together, in our own homes with gloves on, we prepared Shabbat meals for olim from the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina, all living in Jerusalem. 

This is a good short-term solution, but it’s not the ultimate solution. Now is the time, as we sit home during these trying times, to sign up our single friends and family to Kulanu Shadchanim, to help them establish their own homes here in Eretz Yisrael. 

Please G-d, may the coronavirus end speedily and we should all have the merit to help others in finding their soulmate. 

Wishing good health to all! Chag Kasher v'Sameach!

For more information or to get involved, please contact 

Lisa Rubin - 0547211968

info@kulanu4you.org 

www.kulanu4you.org



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