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Her questions differ by age group—elderly clients, for instance, might want to know about health issues, mobility and ability to drive.
She takes note of interests, values, appearance, style and spiritual beliefs.
She charges an initial ,600 to begin the process and an additional ,200 if a match is made.
Occasionally, she lowers the rate, particularly for seniors on limited incomes. It all begins with an in-depth interview, usually by phone, where she gets a sense of clients and what they are seeking.
Many have tried Internet dating, which, despite her hands-on approach, she doesn’t oppose.
The more feelers people put out, whether on the Internet, or through speed dating or singles events, the better, she says.
There’s even a Matchmaking Institute, based in New York City, although there’s no licensing requirement.
Gottesman, a UC Berkeley psychology graduate who holds a master’s in social work from Yeshiva University in New York, is an old-fashioned matchmaker in a new age.It became clear to her, when she found herself voluntarily matching people with pets or helping friends find roommates or jobs, that she wanted to be a matchmaker, a path that combined her psychology and social work skills with her intuition.Matchmaking is, of course, an ancient career, one embraced by cultures in other parts of the world and by religious groups that rely on it as an essential way to build a family. S., most matchmaking has been outsourced to the Internet.When those relationships ended, she introduced them—and says they’re happily married.
Gottesman returned to Israel, did more informal matchmaking, and then settled in California.
Her business, Soul Mates Unlimited, concentrates on matches for Jewish singles all over California—including many in their golden years.