While the people interviewed for this story represent a range of social and political affiliations, and the events they attend are various — from late nights at San Francisco dance clubs to bonfire Havdalahs on the farm in Berkeley, queer Shabbat services in living rooms and Hanukkah parties in backyards — a few things become clear: Despite the differences across social, religious and political spectrums, young Jews are showing up at Jewish events hungry for connection and community. In the Bay Area, home of the startup, the proactive do-it-yourself energy is front and center in the Jewish dating world.
While most say they are seeking a romantic partner (or two), they no longer look to Jewish online dating apps or longstanding Jewish institutions to create the social scenarios. Enter Jewbilee, a grassroots social event started six months ago by two entrepreneurial brothers that meets at different alcohol-friendly locations in San Francisco.
It’s easier to meet and start a conversation,” he said. To meet an attractive woman.” Asked whether it’s important that she be Jewish, he laughed.
“Let’s just say I like a lot of women, and Jewish women are included in that.
It’s a Saturday night and I find myself underground in a dimly lit room at the Hawthorn, a cocktail lounge in San Francisco’s Financial District, holding a $12 whiskey in one hand and a pink neon glow stick in the other.