I recently thought of an idea how to help out in the shidduch world for all of us out there who are not shadchanim by profession, but like to give it a try every now and then. Although this might not be the solution to the “Shidduch Crisis,” I believe the idea has a lot of potential. I call it iShadchan.
iShadchan is a website which has links to various spreadsheets. On these spreadsheets there are the initials of eligible boys and girls, along with their basic information. (You can see an example spreadsheet on the site.) These spreadsheets are not available for everyone to see, but only to the people who have an iShadchan account.
The point of iShadchan is not to have one list of hundreds of names but rather to have many small lists shared by different groups of friends. The reason for that is, if you have one list with hundreds of names it may seem too overwhelming and you’ll give up on making a shidduch.
The question you may have is how will you get to know more people other than the same names you have on your spreadsheet, if the lists are kept to a limit? The answer; once you start a spreadsheet with a group of friends, you gain access to all other spreadsheets on the site, and the creators of those spreadsheets get access to yours!
How many times have we said to ourselves after a friend gets engaged “I should have thought of that!” You don’t need to know the whole world to make a shidduch!
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