But in reality, these events are very often attended by many more women than men; sometimes up to 80% are women.“Women come to the parties in packs, not alone, whereas a man will come alone,” she explains. They had fun and will come back hoping to meet someone the next time.”Eviatar Ronen, a divorced 49-year-old events organizer with boyish, charming looks, says he finds Internet dating the best way to meet women.“Perhaps it is temporary misery – a transition stage on the way to a society with new game rules.”According to the statistics, in 1971 the chance of a 35-year-old woman in Israel being unmarried was 1 in 40.Today, at least one in four women of that age is unattached. Reflecting trends in the West, Israel is also witnessing a sharp rise in the divorce rate. Oz Almog, a sociologist from the Israel Studies Department at Haifa University, told The Media Line.
It drops to 35% between the ages of 40-44, and to 31% for the 45-49 age bracket.She maintains that the Internet significantly widens the number of potential partners over the traditional ways of hooking up.They usually offer everything from hikes, to dance parties, bus tours, communal singing, folk dancing and even bowling events.As late as 1980, the Central Bureau of Statistics didn’t even list “divorced” as a category for family status; offering only “single” or “not single.” This drives home the fact that at that time, divorce was still on the margins.“Dating sites have taken the place of the matchmaker with one exception,” Zahavi-London tells The Media Line.Having the same religious beliefs is often an important component of having a successful relationship — and even a successful first date.But it can be hard to find someone who fully understands the culture, specific practices, daily commitments, and more that mean so much to you as a Jew.According to those in the business, Panu’i is anyone over the age of 24 who is officially either divorced, widowed or has never been married and is looking for a partner.It excludes all those fantasizing or miserable or even happy married folks who just want to hook up with someone new.“If you are in a bar or any real analogue social situation and someone comes up and talks to you, you might not be that interested in talking to them at first but you know, someone can have another chance.Whereas, if someone passes over you on an Internet site, there is nothing you can do,” she tells The Media Line.