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“It’s a huge passion of mine to take a direct role in stopping [anti-Semitism,]” she says. It’s inspired me to do whatever I can to continue the tradition and to modernize Shabbats to make them for the times today.Davis incorporates bits of tradition into each dinner she hosts, whether it’s a group of modern Orthodox Jews or, what’s more common, a group of Secular ones.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.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.
Davis got access to mentors, donors and business classes to put her vision in place.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.He explains it as a more wholesome experience than dating at a bar. One dinner was called Bourbon and Beatbox, where contestant and special guest Jay Stone beatboxed the Shema, a prayer from the Torah.And her next one will feature only male homosexual couples.Even with modern traditions, the core of the evening is Judaism.