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You can do almost anything online these days: Check a bank balance, buy shoes, choose a mattress, order a cab.
So when Roberta Caploe was ready to start dating again after a divorce, she didn’t ask her friends to fix her up or feel the need to frequent bars or health clubs.
“If people are willing to put themselves out there, they’re relying on community events,” said Cantor.
And that return to real-life interactions is part of a trend.
She’s also one of the 55,000 young and single Jews in the Bay Area, according to this year’s “Portrait of Bay Area Jewish Life and Communities,” a survey commissioned by the S. It’s a generation that finds itself hustling to make ends meet and increasingly strapped for time, yet drawn to a back-to-the-roots dating scene, where meeting in real life is taking on a sense of retro authenticity appealing in a largely online world.
“We’re done with swiping,” said one of The Yentas, Rachel Bycer, alluding to how one looks at photos of prospective dating partners on a phone app. Let’s take it offline.” Younger Jews make up a sizable portion of the Bay Area Jewish population.
The 18-to-29 demographic represents the largest Jewish cohort in the nine-county Bay Area, making up 29 percent of the 281,000 Jewish adults.
And if you take the age range a little higher, it’s an even bigger population boom: 37 percent of Jewish adults in the Bay Area, according the survey, are between 18 and 34. And in spite of perennial angst about young people not being interested in Judaism, they seem fairly interested in dating other Jews.