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“ And I realized it was an ideal environment for singles to meet each other.”She interviews singles and promises those selected for the dinner a potential partner, a night of unlimited alcohol and a meal, at her apartment or one of the guests' who chooses to host, all for just —a division of 18, or chai in Hebrew, a lucky number in Judasim—The idea became a business when Davis applied and received a fellowship through Presen Tense, a social entrepreneurial program with a focus on the Jewish community.Davis got access to mentors, donors and business classes to put her vision in place.

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She started hosting at least one Shabbat dinner a month in 2013.

“I felt there was a void in the Jewish community of Shabbat dinners in intimate homes,” she says.

This is "Shabatness," an invite-only service that sets up young Jewish professionals over Shabbat dinners.

Davis is quite rare, a matchmaker who does things the artisanal way, setting up singles through dinner parties, not apps or algorithms.

“Erin has tapped into a need, you still have to meet people in person no matter what because that kind of chemistry can never be imitated by technology.”Old-school matchmaking is making inroads onto the scene for the crowd of those sick of swiping their phones to no end.

Aside from Davis’ Shabbat model, there are others trying to reinvent the process.

The crowd is hushed as Erin Davis a 30-year-old, waif-like blond, our host for the night, announces it’s time for ice breakers, where we’ll read funny and ironic facts about each other and guess who it could be.

Later I’ll leave after arranging a date with an adorable man handpicked by Davis whom my mother would kvell—ahem, gush—over.

The group of singles honored Grandma Roza's 90th birthday by eating Polish food with pictures of her all around.

You do NOT have to bake or cook, though creative shopping can certainly help round out a given home-hosted dinner party.

Labe Eden, a committee member at Presen Tense who has attended a few Shabbatness dinners, says he was struck by Davis and her idea from the get go. The idea could seem old school—but each dinner has its own special twist.

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