The Millennial Couple “Forging” a Next-Gen Jewish Dating App & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Osher Bar & Grill: L.A.’s First Glatt Kosher Sports Bar
With its family-style smooth wood tables, sleek bar, industrial beams, exposed-brick walls and 13 large television screens, Osher Bar & Grill looks like it could be a regular sports bar in Anytown USA. However, what sets Osher apart from similar establishments is that it’s Los Angeles’ first fully glatt kosher bar and grill, situated smack dab in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood.

Orthodox Millennial Couple Creates App ‘For Serious Daters Only’
Yossi and Shira Teichman, a married Orthodox couple from LA, have created the A.I. powered ForJe, a dating app for Jewish singles who are seeking long-term relationships. Its level of innovation includes security against international spammers, as well as lengthy surveys intended to screen personalities and guarantee that the people using the site are indeed single and marriage-minded.

Rabbi, I Have a Problem . . . So, Text Me!
In June 2015, a group of rabbis launched a service called Shailatext [shaila means “question”]. It is operated by the Federation of Synagogues and allows people to text queries about Jewish law to a group of experts and receive a rapid answer. To date, the service has received over 25,000 halachic questions.

Labour’s Anti-Semitism Row: A View From Manchester
“It is a terrible thing that the Jewish community in this country are in a position where they feel scared of the Labour Party. That should be heartbreaking for anyone in the movement,” argues Labour councillor Sam Wheeler.

Chicago Ball Field Renamed in Memory of Jewish Teen
A Chicago-area ball field was renamed in memory of a local Orthodox Jewish teen who loved to play there and died last year after a long battle with cancer. Caleb Field in Laramie Park was dedicated Monday in memory of Caleb Maeir, who died Dec. 9 at the age of 19. An avid baseball and basketball player, Caleb was known for his warm smile and friendliness; one of his favorite parts of baseball was shaking his opponents’ hands after the game.

Shulem Lemmer: The Impossible (Chasidic) Dream
In a rare move, Decca Gold, the label’s classical subsidiary, recently signed a young Chasidic Jew, 28-year-old Shulem Lemmer. A Belz Chasid who was born and raised in Borough Park, Brooklyn, and now lives with his wife and family in Toms River, N.J., Lemmer goes by the recording name of Shulem.

Keeping Children Safe is Holy Work
After working with teens at risk for 15 years, Rabbi Yakov Horowitz had a life-altering insight. “I’ve been working with teens at risk for almost 30 years. It hit me like a sledgehammer 15 years ago that the kids who are abandoning religion were really divided into two groups. The kids who were abandoning not just religion, but were abandoning life, the ones who were doing cocaine and heroin, who were cutting themselves and attempting suicide – 90% of them were molested as kids.”

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