The first girl, he said, was “a little too tall,” and the second girl was “a little too short.” Then he met my mom. Let’s look at how I do things, maybe with a slightly less important decision, like the time I had to pick where to eat dinner in Seattle when I was on tour last year.
He quickly deduced that she was the appropriate height (finally! First I texted four friends who travel and eat out a lot and whose judgment I trust. Finally I made my selection: Il Corvo, an Italian place that sounded amazing. (It only served lunch.) At that point I had run out of time because I had a show to do, so I ended up making a peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich on the bus.
To rephrase the opening line of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”: It is a truth universally acknowledged — especially by Jewish mothers — that a Jewish single man in possession of a good fortune and over the age of 35 must be in want of a wife … Matchmakers can substantiate this apparent truth with their own experience.
“Men explicitly say to me they want significantly younger women, no matter what age they are,” said Judith Gottesman, founder of Berkeley-based Soul Mates Unlimited, a statewide matchmaking service.
“There were times when I was down and out and didn’t think it would happen, but I remained positive and focused on all the things I was grateful for in my life,” she said.
It’s always helpful to ask friends and family to set you up, but never underestimate the value of the old-fashioned practice of matchmaking.
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Judith has an undergraduate psychology degree from UC Berkeley and a master’s in social work from Yeshiva University in New York City.
When she’s not bringing love into people’s lives, she enjoys swimming, snorkeling, international travel, wildlife photography, and volunteering in animal rescue.
She began matchmaking informally more than 20 years ago out of a desire to help others find love and happiness; she launched Soul Mates Unlimited in 2009.