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  • My Single Peeps: Natania L.

    May 2, 2012 | 1:13 pm

    If I wrote Natania’s column gender-neutral, there would be very few tip-offs that I was writing about a woman. To be fair, if someone wrote about me the same way, there’d probably be very few tip-offs that I’m a man. At least in the sense that I like clothing and hate watching...

  • Alexa N.

    March 21, 2012 | 2:01 pm

    Alexa initially wrote to me because she was interested in one of my single peeps. She attached a picture of herself — a headshot, where she looked like she was 14 years old. My friend never responded, probably fearful of getting arrested on a date with a ninth-grader. But I invited...

  • EG Daily

    March 15, 2012 | 3:27 pm

    The first time I saw EG I was just starting to train at the Howard Fine Acting Studio.  She looked familiar, but I didn’t put it together immediately.  Then it clicked — Dottie!  From “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure”!  After we became friends and had worked together on various...

  • My Single Peeps: Rachelle S.

    March 8, 2012 | 11:50 am

    Rachelle is originally from New York.  “I went to San Francisco in my 20s, so I feel as if I grew up [there].”  Her husband at the time wanted to get out of New York, “and I’m actually glad he wanted to move.  I love San Francisco.”  She divorced in the 1970s and, while...

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  • Shanee F.

    March 1, 2012 | 2:53 pm

    Shanee was born and raised in Beverly Hills by Israeli parents. After college, she moved to New York for four years, where she worked in marketing. “I absolutely adore New York, but I came back because my heart is here — my family and good friends are here. I have the most...

  • Ruthie B.

    February 23, 2012 | 10:00 am

    Ruthie, who is 81 now, was raised in Chicago. An abused child, she was sent away to live on a farm called Glen Eyrie in Delavan, Wis. “You know what it was like in the ’30s if you had a mean mother — no one talked about it. I know how to milk cows, kill chickens.”

    Although...

  • Dina S.

    February 16, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    Dina grew up in Michigan, one of only a few Jews in her area. Her parents, who themselves had met at a Camp Ramah, sent her to Camp Ramah in Canada so she could meet other Jews. “I really loved it,” she told me. She spent 10 summers there as a camper and counselor — even after...

  • My Single Peeps: Sonia S.

    February 9, 2012 | 5:36 pm

    Sonia doesn’t look or sound like your typical Jewish girl next door. Sure, she’s loud — but her accent is more Charo than Bette Midler. Her clothing is, too.

    Sonia was born in Costa Rica to a Catholic family. Her uncle, who is now a Vatican priest, told her that he knew...

  • Candace B.

    February 1, 2012 | 3:56 pm

    Candace was raised in the Valley, a typical middle-class Jewish upbringing, where her family raised her with the hope that she’d do better financially than their generation. But she was never typical. She went to the first alternative college in the United States (Johnston College,...

  • Jill C.

    January 26, 2012 | 5:17 pm

    If I had to pick out the adventurous girl in a crowd, Jill would be one of the last I’d point to. Whether that has to do with my horrible perception or her initial caginess, I don’t know. But she surprised me at almost every turn as she crawled out of her proverbial cage. She...

  • Erin M.

    January 18, 2012 | 4:20 pm

    Erin’s a selfish girl. She’s spent 12 years working as a registered nurse, specializing in adult critical care and pediatric post-surgical care. Her last seven vacations have been to Asia and South America, though instead of getting her hair braided and lying on a beach, she...

  • Gary L.

    January 11, 2012 | 7:05 pm

    Gary’s brother, Jason, is a recent single peep. And, like Jason, Gary’s a nice, easygoing guy. But, he tells me, this wasn’t always the case. In college, just as he was launching an online magazine, his personality started to shift. He became moody and paranoid, and he was...

  • Sarica C.

    January 4, 2012 | 1:12 pm

    I’ve become fascinated with meeting single peeps who are only children. Sarica is one of them. Whatever negatives there are growing up without siblings, the positives are immediately apparent. Sarica, like others I’ve met, is overachieving, confident and a natural leader. She...

  • Aimee L.

    December 21, 2011 | 11:40 am

    Aimee was born and raised in Memphis, Tenn., but went to college in upstate New York to get as far away from the South as possible. “Memphis was kind of racist and conservative, and I felt like there was a different world out there that I wanted to check out. When I was 12, I went...

  • Lisa L

    December 14, 2011 | 11:37 am

    Lisa describes herself as looking like Shirley Temple, “But I’m spicy — not vanilla.” She’s originally from New York, then moved to San Francisco for 12 years. “I loved it, but I needed a change — my life had become too monotonous. I ate at the same brunch place every...

  • Jason L.

    December 7, 2011 | 4:44 pm

    Jason lives in the same building as I do and shares an apartment with two friends from high school. During our interview him for this profile, one of the roommates, Rebecca, wanders around the house, eavesdropping. After Jason says, “I think I’m pretty easygoing,” Rebecca...

  • Eva F.

    November 29, 2011 | 5:50 pm

    I met Eva this year as part of EILI, an entertainment leadership group through The Jewish Federation. She’s tall, has dark hair, and is stacked like the House of Pancakes. A ditzy actress, I told myself. Our first weekend together was at a retreat in Ojai. We heard lectures,...

  • Ian L.

    November 22, 2011 | 1:17 pm

    Ian grew up with two much older sisters, but “I was kind of like an only child … good life, good childhood, maids … I even had a wet nurse.”

    He was a very bright kid —“not like jerky smart, but like an old soul.” In second grade, his parents moved him to a Jewish day...

  • Esther H.

    November 16, 2011 | 2:18 pm

    Esther walks into Starbucks to sit down with me, recognizes a young guy at the table next to us and gives him a hug. “He’s my acting coach.” She sits down, continuing, “I noticed people come off kvetchy [in the column]. I want to come off on a higher level. On a sophisticated...

  • Michele K.

    October 26, 2011 | 5:49 pm

    As soon as Michele sits down with me, she says, “I’m crap at talking about myself.” Hear it with a British accent, and it’s 10 times cuter. I’ve known Michele for years — she’s a friend of a friend — and I realize I don’t know a whole lot about her. She really is...

  • Libby E.

    October 11, 2011 | 4:49 pm

    Out of all that Libby says to me when we meet, this seems the most unnecessary: “I have a strong personality. I’m not a wallflower. I’m not a shrinking violet.” She is very clearly none of these things.  She is confident, smart and an alpha female. Yet, she says, “I think...

  • Amends for Yom Kippur

    October 5, 2011 | 2:31 pm

    I’ve written 40 profiles of singles for mysinglepeeps.com — and almost as many have been for the My Single Peeps column in The Jewish Journal. I’ve been fortunate that many of the people I have profiled have found dates from the column, and if not, have still enjoyed their...

  • David B.

    September 27, 2011 | 5:43 pm

    David grew up in Miami — my mother was his elementary school teacher. Apparently he was always a nice kid. I’m not even sure he ever had a rebellious teenager phase. He’s a musician — and not only are his songs in the safe styling of Michael Buble, they’re also for...

  • Rachel C.

    September 20, 2011 | 7:47 pm

    A close friend e-mailed me that he thought Rachel would be good for My Single Peeps.  “I think you guys will hit it off well, as you have a lot in common — a dead dad, childhood ADD, you both write and act, and you’re ‘good people.’ ”

    Like me, Rachel moved from the...

  • My single peeps: Michael C.

    September 13, 2011 | 7:16 pm

    Michael was born in Michigan. He went to Columbia University, where he studied political science and wrote his thesis on nuclear deterrence theory. He went on to Berkeley Law School with the intention of running for political office. “Law school was more about strategy than...

  • Stacey K.

    September 7, 2011 | 11:21 am

    When you think of a born-and-bred Brooklyn girl, blond-haired Stacey probably isn’t what comes to mind. When she pulls up to meet me, she’s on a pink scooter in a black outfit layered with pink — pink nail polish, a long, pink scarf, even a pink cover on her iPhone. She looks...

  • Samantha S.

    August 23, 2011 | 5:58 pm

    Samantha wants to take up yoga to get leaner. She says, “I think I’m built to be Hulk’s sister. Just paint me green.” She looks sturdy. Not fat. Like a sequoia … or Hulk’s sister. She has muscles. I’m pretty sure she could beat me in a fight. She likes to kickbox, and she...

  • Lauren Rochelle G.

    August 9, 2011 | 6:04 pm

    Lauren, who’s 35, reminds me of a Brooklyn Jew from my grandma’s generation. Not the mild-mannered, sweet- talking bubbe — but more the sharp-tongued Brooklyn Jewish grandma who has no problem telling her granddaughter she’s dressed like a whore and then giving her a kiss on...

  • Ryan S.

    August 2, 2011 | 5:28 pm

    It might be my own prejudice, but there’s this really odd side to Ryan — the one that believes God sent him a message to become more religious. And then there’s the really normal side — the one that’s a sweet, hardworking accountant for charter schools in Los Angeles....

  • Anikke F.

    July 26, 2011 | 6:24 pm

    Anikke (rhymes with paprika) was raised by artist parents in Seattle. Her father’s a musician. Her mother’s a sculptor. The closest school to her house was an Orthodox Jewish day school, so they sent her there. In a short time, the artists became Orthodox Jews, even though Anikke...

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