Davis is quite rare, a matchmaker who does things the artisanal way, setting up singles through dinner parties, not apps or algorithms.

She started hosting at least one Shabbat dinner a month in 2013.

Davis got access to mentors, donors and business classes to put her vision in place.

My own experience after Shabatness resulted in a handful of dates, a very classic courtship, and a typical falling out of disinterest by both parties—but it was a better match for me than any tech-assisted dating I’ve tried.

Apps have taken dating and turned it into a giant game of hot-or-not, where choices are endless and real relationships are few and far between.

Kristin's sons Cam and Jax are now old enough to ask when their dad's coming home. My kid has been asking questions about him since he was three. Once my son is showered and in bed, I fold laundry, open bills, prep lunches, and do all of the other thankless stuff moms everywhere do on a daily basis. And so Kristin shouldn't boast about her single mom status while her husband is away on a five-month business trip. She's just a "single parent" until football season ends.

When they do, she won't have to figure out how to tell her kids that their dad won't be coming home. The conversation has evolved over the years, and recently escalated when he Googled his father's name and saw a photo of a happy family of four. When I lay my head down on my pillow at night, there's no other adult human there to talk to about stuff like whether or not we should get our son a math tutor this year.

Even with modern traditions, the core of the evening is Judaism.

Davis’ inspiration comes from her own grandmother, Rose Goldberg, who survived the holocaust in hiding after being sent to the ghettos of Wladimir Wolynsk in Poland.

“So my mom said: ‘What about the miracle of Shabbat?

’” A handful of miracle couples have come out of her dinners—and one marriage is on the way.

Sure, JDate is popular and apps like Tinder and Hinge are growing, but that has consequences.