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JUNE 16, 2016 | The Jewish Home

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On June 7, the UJA-Federation of New York Tov B’Yachad Committee recognized Danny Gluck, Vice Chairman Commanding Officer, Nassau County Auxiliary Police, Fourth Precinct; Legislator Denise Ford of the Fourth District; and Honorable Michael Fragin, Trustee, Village of Lawrence at a Dessert Reception at the Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst for their outstanding service to our community. Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald was the guest speaker and spoke about bringing joy back to our Judaism.

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ineNMeet, partnering with YUConnects and the Young Israel of Woodmere, recently returned to the Five Towns with a successful Shabbaton in early June. 86 singles, equally divided between men and women, enjoyed a Shabbos of neighborhood hospitality and an opportunity to meet in a fun, comfortable environment. The concept is simple. Eleven local families each graciously hosted approximately 8 guests who were placed based on compatibility and commonalities. Spirited conversation took off and many meals lasted well past midnight. Shabbos day had all the participants gather for delicious desserts in a structured, interactive program which gave everyone a chance to meet each other in a relaxed way. Even during some “downtime” later in the in the afternoon, most people decided to remain at the shul to schmooze over board games, speak to some excellent matchmakers and continue to mingle together. A highlight of the Shabbos was a gala Shalosh seudos at a lovely home where the conversation picked up right where it left off. Rabbi and Rebbetzin Herschel Schachter, who were in the neighborhood for Shabbos,

stopped by and Rav Schachter offered insights and words of Torah to all. A musical havdala left everyone uplifted and ended Shabbos with great cheer. Following the event, the committee received over 159 requests of interest from the men and women attendees. Nine dates have been arranged in the short time since the event and two couples went out by the following evening! Engagements have been made from each of the prior three Shabbatons in Woodmere and the organizers are hoping for continued bracha from this year’s program. DineNMeet plans exclusive, elegant events for targeted groups of Jewish singles based on age, hashkafah, and other factors. Each event focuses on a different niche, ensuring maximum compatibility as its popularity keeps growing. YUConnects is a non-profit organization, open to the entire Jewish community, offering unique social activities, educational forums and targeted matchmaking through a friendly and helpful office. For more information about these programs or to learn about the Young Israel of Woodmere’s “YIWMeet” activities, please email yiwmeet@