Excitement is building as the community eagerly awaits the arrival of the shadchan star of Netflix’s Jewish Matchmaking Aleeza Ben Shalom for live on-stage events, held in conjunction with The AJN, in both Melbourne and Sydney this month.
The event will “delve into the fascinating world of relationships and love, and the intricate art of finding the perfect match”, explained Ben Shalom.
The Melbourne event will be hosted at Caulfield Shule in partnership with The AJN and Caulfield Shule’s Rabbi Daniel Rabin, who said, “We are thrilled to bring the captivating Aleeza Ben Shalom, the renowned host of Netflix’s Jewish Matchmaking, to Melbourne.
“This extraordinary event promises an enchanting evening filled with love, laughter, and invaluable insights into the world of modern Jewish matchmaking,” he added.
Echoing Rabbi Rabin’s sentiments, The AJN‘s chief operations officer, Marina Yuksel said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Caulfield Shule … This collaboration amplifies our reinvigorated commitment to providing engaging, relevant and meaningful content for our community – and is the first of many communal initiatives to come.
“We are excited by what lies ahead!” she teased.
Throughout the show, Ben Shalom will personally share her inspiring journey that led her to become one of the world’s most famous matchmakers – “providing a glimpse into the passion and dedication that fuels her work in helping Jewish singles find their soulmates”, explained Rabbi Rabin.
Ben Shalom will also be interviewed live on stage by The AJN‘s head of content, Rebecca Davis.
“This will be a chance to delve deeper into the behind-the-scenes aspects of her groundbreaking dating show on Netflix, as well as gain valuable insights into various aspects of her life and career.”
Davis is an esteemed news and features journalist (The AJN, Mamamia), writer, and founder/host of The Good Edit: Gritty Conversations with Jewish Women podcast.
“Rebecca brings her immense skill and vivacious personality to each interview,” said Yuksel.
“With her ability to connect deeply with every interviewee, I have no doubt we are in for a captivating evening – and a few laughs too!”
Another of the promised highlights of the evening will be the live matchmaking segment, where Ben Shalom will work directly with a few singles on stage. Attendees will have the chance to witness “her expertise in action”, Rabbi Rabin said, adding that they will also gain a better understanding of the best ways to find a compatible match.
“This interactive experience will allow the audience to learn how to be matchmakers themselves, empowering them to make a positive impact on the lives of others seeking love.
“We believe that Aleeza’s show will not only offer a unique and inspiring perspective on modern dating, but also serve as a platform to connect with the younger generation, fostering meaningful relationships within the community.”
The Sydney event will be hosted at the Central Synagogue, in conjunction with media sponsors The AJN and the Central Synagogue’s Rabbi Levi Wolff. Rabbi Wolff shared, “Beyond the realm of Netflix fame, Aleeza has emerged as a profound and impactful speaker, leaving audiences captivated and yearning for more!”
“Colleagues who’ve had the privilege of hosting her in their communities showered her with praise, recounting how enthralled the crowds were by her presence and insights,” he added.
“Aleeza’s brilliance extends far beyond simply helping individuals choose the right life partner; she delves into the heart of building happier and healthier relationships.
“Chanie and I are eagerly anticipating hosting her at the Central Synagogue,” Rabbi Wolff added.
“The response has been overwhelmingly positive, with people from all walks of life expressing keen interest, especially young adults, who are offered the delightful opportunity of a ‘meet and greet cocktails’ session with Aleeza before her main address to the community.”
He urged the Sydney Jewish community to “join us as we embrace the wisdom and guidance of this extraordinary speaker,and unlock the keys to more meaningful connections and joyful relationships”.
Speaking to The AJN earlier this year, Ben Shalom mused that one of the greatest hurdles to modern dating is impatience. “People are rushing, and they need to have answers very fast. They need to know, yes or no. [Modern technology] gives us everything we need at our fingertips in an instant. But we don’t have that in relationships; we never have and we never will.
“This is a process. A slow process. An organic process,” she reminded.
“Yes, it can be frustrating. You’re going to go through the motions; the highs and the lows, and it’s not just going to click and work – until that one time that it does.”
Aleeza Ben Shalom will be live for one night only in Sydney on August 30, presented by the Central Synagogue.
For tickets: events.humanitix.com/aleeza-the-jewish-matchmaker
And for one night only in Melbourne on August 31, presented by Caulfield Shule in partnership with The AJN. For tickets: trybooking.com/CJMMY