Jewish Journal

Eli K.

by Seth Menachem

Posted on Mar. 30, 2011 at 10:22 am

Photo by Avi Rothman.

Photo by Avi Rothman.

I am married with a kid and living in Los Angeles. Many of my friends are single. They like to complain to me about how hard it is to find someone to love. (I like to complain about how hard it is living with someone you love.) This is my way of trying to get them off of my back. Every week I’ll post a new single peep, or someone new I meet who might be good for one of my peeps. If you’re interested in anyone you see on My Single Peeps, send an e-mail and a picture, including the person’s name in the subject line, to mysinglepeeps@jewishjournal.com, and we’ll forward it to your favorite peep.

Eli’s a religious Jew, though if you see him on the street he’s usually wearing some kind of hipster cap. He’s a talented artist and graphic designer who runs his own firm. He’s really good at what he does.

After a gaggle of hot young girls excitedly confused him with Jonah Hill, he put himself on a strict diet. Though rather than get upset in the moment, Eli figured it made little difference if the hot girls were excited to meet a chubby Jew who liked to act. He was a chubby Jew who could act like a chubby Jew who liked to act ... and he spent the rest of the night with beautiful women. Since then, the guy’s lost a ton of weight. And he looks pretty good. I was at a party a couple of weeks ago and this girl was in the kitchen checking out a guy she thought was cute. I joked with her about who the girls were checking out, and after some hesitation, she pointed out the window to the back yard: “I like that guy in the hat. He’s totally my type.”

Every Friday night, Eli has a Shabbat dinner at his apartment. Although it’s not a huge space, he has a lot of people over. He loves doing it. And all of his neighbors come; not one of them is Jewish, but they know more about the rules of Shabbat than most secular Jews. I’m not religious, but I like that Eli has remained true to what he believes in without separating himself from the rest of the world. That being said, he’s too religious a Jew to date anyone who’s not. So, religious girls, I’m looking for you to give Eli a shout. But you’d better be able to make a mean brisket.

Seth Menachem is an actor and writer living in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter. You can see more of his work on his Web site, sethmenachem.com, and meet even more single peeps at mysinglepeeps.com.

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