Acknowledging that there aren’t a plethora of dating options for his single congregants, Rabbi Kenneth Emert took matters into his own hands—and hopped on the Internet. The New Jersey rabbi had heard of a congregation that had emphasized its members to be proactive in their dating search and offered $1,000 (from the rabbi’s own pocket) for 24 six-month subscriptions to JDate.com. Emert soon realized that his own singles needed a little fundraising, as well. Says The New Jersey Standard: “Emert — who in December began to use monies from his synagogue’s discretionary fund to subsidize JDate memberships for 12 congregants — said that ‘more and more Jewish singles have met their spouses on this wonderful modern-day shidduch Website.’ “Advertising the project as a ‘Chanukah gift for Jewish singles,’ the shul’s December newsletter invited interested members to call the rabbi directly.” JDate worked with Emert to fund 12 three-month memberships and now offers bulk rates to synagogues looking to enroll its congregants.
We don't mean blurting something out after you've had too much merlot, but the desire to tell him intimate details about your life means you trust him—a major component of successful long-term love.