As a parent of children who are not yet in the parsha of shidduchim, I would like to make a suggestion as a Far Rockaway/Five Towns resident. We are close to the airport. We should pay people to be shadchanim a few nights a week. One night a week, we should have shadchanim for out-of-town people only. It’s not all about New York people. Let’s do something for Klal Yisroel and show that we care about everybody’s shidduchim.
Let’s invite out-of-town girls and boys to our homes for Shabbos. Maybe each of the Five Towns can adopt a sister state (e.g., Chicago, California, etc.) and work with these precious families to help their children.
Imagine your child in a distant city. Would we not want someone to help them out? I am not sure where the funds will come from, but this community has come together before with great innovations such as CAHAL.
In the meantime, as we procrastinate (myself included), let’s think about the thousands of tears that we can save by helping people find their bashert.
A Native New Yorker