(At the dinner I attended, fewer than half the group could read Hebrew.) There are small touches of Jewish customs like her logo, a heart-shaped Challah bread, and the business’ name, “Shabbatness.” Nes means miracle in Hebrew, Davis says.“So my mom said: ‘What about the miracle of Shabbat?
But after traveling Europe and researching the genocide, she felt it a strong pull toward preserving Jewish heritage and rituals. A 2013 PEW study revealed that the percentage of U. adults who say they are Jewish when asked about their religion has been cut by about half since the late 1950s.
And more than half of Jewish Americans have married a non-Jewish spouse.
Apps have taken dating and turned it into a giant game of hot-or-not, where choices are endless and real relationships are few and far between.
Sure, JDate is popular and apps like Tinder and Hinge are growing, but that has consequences.
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.
“The studies disturb me, and there are small things to do to keep the tradition alive but make it our own,” she says.
And the recent rise of anti-Semitism across Europe is especially troubling to her, even thought it’s not prevalent in New York.
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.
Davis’ inspiration comes from her own grandmother, Rose Goldberg, who survived the holocaust in hiding after being sent to the ghettos of Wladimir Wolynsk in Poland.