Singles Mingle Events help Single Jews find Connections

Jewish? Single? Looking to connect with others in the area? Join other Jewish singles ages 40+ at Temple Beth David’s next Singles Mingle event!

After completing the Yesod Community Leadership program through the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven in 2017, Elyse Krantz began to look for ways to help area Jews connect beyond their own communities and synagogues.  

“In our temple there are many social events for young families and fantastic adult learning opportunities, too. But, up until this point, there have been few options for adult singles looking to socialize.”

After hearing that single adult members at Temple Beth David were interested in meeting other singles, Krantz coordinated the first Singles Mingle event in October 2018. With 19 people in attendance, the event was a great success. Many participants wanted to meet again. A second gathering was held on December 25 for – what else? – Chinese food! 

To spread the word about the singles programs, Krantz has utilized Facebook and has also reached out to over a dozen Jewish centers and synagogues across central Connecticut.

“It has been heartening to see that congregations throughout the region are helping to advertise these events,” said Krantz. “Synagogues are often so busy with their own programming, it can be challenging to find the time (or space) to share news about community-wide Jewish events; but the more we think of ourselves as a Connecticut Jewish community, and not just a Cheshire, or New Haven, or Hartford community, we can impact that many more people.”

A summer gathering is planned at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, at Farmington Mini Golf (1048 Farmington Ave. in Farmington) for an afternoon of mini golf, ice cream, and schmoozing. All are welcome to come and make new connections – bring a friend!

Curious about who participates in Singles Mingle events? “The majority of folks who attended our first three events were not affiliated with a synagogue, and their ages ranged from early 40s to folks in their 60s.” Krantz added, “We are not trying to be J-Date. Our goal is to provide the opportunity for Jewish singles to simply meet and forge new friendships.”

For more information or to RSVP for the July 28 mini golf event, please contact office@ tbdcheshire.org or call Temple Beth David at (203) 272-0037. Interested individuals can also visit Temple Beth David’s website at www.tbdcheshire.org or connect with a special Meetup.com group Krantz created just for Jewish singles in the area: www.meetup.com/ Greater-Hartford-New-Haven-Jewish-Singles-40-Meetup.