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  • I'll never forget the anxious feelings I had before meeting each of my husband's family members... and no matter how amazing they were and continue to be... I was so nervous. I couldn't even eat a thing!! Just be yourself is the best advice... but along those lines, yesterday, a guy asked me...

  • Q: "I'm going to her family for shabbat for the first time this week.  any tips?

  • I'll be staying at the neighbors."

  • A: Yes. Sure!

  • 1. Try to bring either flowers, wine, chocolates/ candy or fruit for both your sleeping hosts and for your girlfriend's family and/ or her as well... it doesn't have to be too expensive. It's the thought that counts.

  • 2. It's all in the note.... write a nice note for each gift... this is super important! Flowers don't last, but the note does.... also, it shows sensitivity and that you are sentimental.

  • 3. Smile. Be friendly with her family,  but don't lose sight of your girlfriend. Pay attention to her, as well. It makes sense that they are paying attention to how you are interacting with each other. Of course you will want to be together, but sometimes people are so focused on making a good impression on their new family to- be, that they don't spend enough time with their new spouse to- be.

  • Response: "Thanks. that is actually really useful advice.  I didn't think of all of that."

My pleasure! Good luck and enjoy! 

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Daniella Rudoff does "Networking for Singles" and is a Dating and Marriage Educator and Advisor 

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Fun Date Ideas in Jerusalem Guest Blogger: @FunInJerusalem

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Thank you to @FunInJerusalem Joanna Shebson for this awesome guest blog about dating ideas in Jersusalem! :) Thank you, @RealJStreets for helping to make this happen!! :) You rock! :) 

There is no better place to date then in Jerusalem. Whether you like to take your dates out for coffee, dinner or just spend time getting to know one another while you have some fun, Jerusalem is the place to do it.

As the editor of Fun In Jerusalem, I am usually focused on inspiring family fun but many of the ideas and activities are also great for singles looking to impress their dates. You can be sure when you offer these activities as options, your date will already give you extra points for creativity.

Want a fun way to see how your potential partner thinks? Challenge them to a Puzzle Quest and see how they react under pressure and if they know how to think out of the box. Remember they will be watching you as well. The game lasts 60 minutes unless you solve the clues even faster. If a second date is on the horizon, then spend your followup date at the Jerusalem Escape Room to extend the fun.

ZuZu Zoo Date

Tired of meeting for drinks or food and want to show a date that you know how to have fun? Take them on a Segway Tour of The Old City or Yemin Moshe. Segway is the most modern form of transportation and the tour is entertaining and fun. You will have plenty of time to chat in between stops and after the ride.

Taking a date on a Tasting Tour of the Shuk is a great way to learn about what your date likes and what they don’t. Are they fascinated by the smells & spices at Pereg that remind them of home or do they gravitate towards the spiritual stories at the Etrog Man? If you want to extend the date and don’t mind spending some cash, then arrange a private cooking workshop with a local chef in Mahane Yehuda at Shem Tov Cafe. One thing is for sure, make sure to stop into Shem Tov Cafe for an amazing Sachlav.

For a uniquely Jerusalem idea, take your date on a PhotoWalk with the Real Jerusalem Streets Blogger This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She will teach you how to photograph some of Jerusalem’s most well known views. No experience required. The walk can take you through the beautiful cobblestone streets of Yemin Moshe and it can be a great way to “capture the moment.”

Last on my list for Fun Dates in Jerusalem – Part 1 is my personal favorite date spot; the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo. My husband and I had one of our first dates there and spent hours walking around the beautiful grounds. We even have some nice pictures to show for it. Tip: there is also a new Segway ride in the Zoo if you want to add fun to the date.

Have some fun in Jerusalem and make the most out of getting to know someone special in this special city!

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Thank you to @daniellarudoff for inspiring this post. Visit her websiteMarriage Architect if you are a single looking to network. 

About Joanna Shebson

Joanna is the Founder and FUN Expert at Fun In Jerusalem. What started out as a mommy blog has grown into a successful tourism website. Joanna is married with three kids and lives in Katamon, Jerusalem. She loves to inspire family fun in Jerusalem.


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My "List" - What I want in a spouse

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A girl once asked me: " I know... I have such a long list for what I want in a guy... I know I need to shorten the list. Daniella, what should I take off my list?"
I answered: "Nothing. When you meet 'your guy' you will know what you will need to take off the list. Then... make sure to take it off the list." 

Clearly, I wouldn't suggest compromising on your core values. I am referring to the things like his looks, his background or education, perhaps you always wanted a guy with a sense of humor and he just doesn't have one. But he is good to you, kind, refined and has everything else that you are looking for in a husband.

Just realize: the key is to be realistic and loving towards your partner in life.

Lower your expectations. Increase your love. Give.

If both of you understand how to do this, then you will lead a mutually beneficial and happy life together. More about Marriage Architect tips and techniques This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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"Networking for Singles" ... How it works...

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Cool! I just set up my 2nd 'set up' for the week.... and happy to do so many more... :)smile emoticon For those of you who are curious of how my 'setting up' people works... People send me a message that they would like to meet me either on email, FB message or via my website and I tell them how I work and we set up a time to meet in person if they are living in Israel and on Skype or Google Hangout if they live outside of Israel. As each new person comes to meet with me, I get to know them well enough to set them up with a suitable date. Of course, both the guy and the girl have to be available and interested to meet each other... Sometimes I set up a date relatively quickly and sometimes it takes a lot of time... as examples, sometimes someone is "busy" or out of town and time elapses or I just need to wait till someone suitable comes into my network. I feel that I spend enough time getting to know each person... as a new friend, and I get a good sense of what each person is looking for, what their range is and what they are really like... sometimes it is relatively fast (as successful examples; shidduch #4, within 1.5 weeks, shidduch #3, within 7 weeks and shidduch #1, within 3.5 months) and sometimes it takes longer than I want to wait... I never want to wait....I want this to happen super fast!... and I work around the clock meeting new people, setting couples up, and facilitating the dates when appropriate.... But what I have learned is that people appreciate that I really try to only set up a couple when it is a good idea and when they are both in my network and it is the 'right time', like with my 2nd shidduch (8 months) and my 5th shidduch ( 9.5 months) ... then... with the help of G-d, I am able to successfully set them up and marry them off!! WoooHoooo!!!! Fabulous feeling like no other...!! I am grateful for the incredible opportunity!! What a zechut... each time! smile emoticonMeanwhile, thank you to each of you who have made my network what it is today... absolute awesomeness!!! You make the difference. You. You are making the world a better place. Each time you spread the word about what I telling your friends, by LIKING, offering COMMENTS of encouragement and by SHARING my posts... it energizes me to do more... every day is another day that I could make so many people happy! BH 5 happily married couples and hundreds to go!!! All religious and All secular level couples... All ages... All around the world! Let's build our Jewish Future! Let's keep doing this... Happy dating!!! :)smile emoticon Oh... and btw-- for all of you who are interested in knowing how this developed... I definitely didn't plan on doing this in my life... but as you'll see in my story below how and why I've taken on this tremendous responsibility and am working hard on a daily basis to facilitate Happy Jewish Couples and Jewish Continuity... read how it all began here... below:‪ #‎MarriageArchitect ‬‪#‎NetworkingforSingles ‬‪#‎JewishContinuity ‬‪#‎JewishSingles‬ ‪#‎Ilovewhatido ‬‪#‎JewishDating‬ #ROI

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Dating Internationally...WORKS!

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I was in the middle of what I call, a "Networking for Singles" meeting with a girl a few weeks ago. She came to meet with me, in order for me to get to know her well enough to set her up with a guy who will hopefully be her husband.... I thought of a possible guy for her, so I wrote to him a quick email to see if he is available to date... with no information about the girl... then I continued to learn more about this wonderful girl in our meeting... then I realized that he is NOT a good idea for her. OK. Meanwhile, I set the girl up with a different guy who was more suitable for her.

Following my meeting, I received an email reply from the guy that he is available to date (great!) , but he is not in Israel right now, but rather, he is in Pennsylvania working in a camp for the summer... and he wanted to know if I had a good idea for him in the US?

OMG! YES! Immediately, without even looking in my database... just by knowing each person in my network well, as a result of meeting with each person... I suggested a girl who would be a great idea for him. As soon as I sent him the email, I then wrote to her... asking her how she is doing and if she is available to date. She wrote back immediately that she was available to date.... but she is going to be in Pennsylvania for the summer working in a camp! Pretty cool!!

I set them up and as of now, they are still dating… we’ll see what happens… :)

(Update: This couple got engaged and now they are married!! So cool! My 5th shidduch, Shira Zamore and Eytan Goldstein, is a result of my "Networking for Singles" worldwide and of course, the Hand of G-d. Mazal tov!! :) )

Cool! International dating is really awesome when it works! My 2nd shidduch (and now 5th shidduch) was a result of my meeting people globally. Presently, I have set up quite a number of international dates... and they are in the works.

The way it works: It's about my knowing each person well enough to set them up suitably wherever they live in the world. Afterall, I meet people on Skype if they live outside of Israel and in person if they are in Israel. It works only if they tell me that they are going on a vacation or returning from their stay in Israel, etc.. and then if I can think if I have someone suitable for them in that destination. Of course, when someone new is coming to their city, then I can set that up, too! Busy! Busy! ....Loving it!!

Have no fear... regular local dating still happens... I just think international dating is a cool phenomena which is worth mentioning. :)

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If you can answer “yes” to all of these questions, then you are a suitable candidate to join my awesome “Networking for Singles” Network.

  1. Are you Jewish?

  2. Do you either speak English or Hebrew?

  3. Do you want to get married?

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I am looking forward to meeting you! :)


Shira and Eytan... Dating, BH! :)





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