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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 16, 2017 " PAGE 11A By Josefin Dolsten who range in age from 21 to 72. Shamash is hoping to NEW YORK (JTA)--These introduce the site in Israel days, there's a dating site or as well. app for just about any group Initially, she intended the you can imagine, from men website to be only for Jews withbeards (andtheiradrnir- of Iraqi descent, but shortly ers) to a farmers-only site. after its launch, shedecidedto There's even an app matches expand it to all Mizrahi Jews. people based upon shared Current members trace their dislikes as in "I saw you, family histories to countries too, hate paying extra for includingIran, Iraq, Lebanon, guacamole." Syria and Morocco. Butonedayitdawnedupon The site works a little bit Cynthia Shamash, a New differently than dating apps York-based dentist, that it was such as Tinder, in which users still hard for Mizrahi Jews, or swipe"yes" or"no" on profiles Jews from the Middle East that provide scant informa- and North Africa, to meet tion other than photos. On each other. Eldelala, users answer a ques- Shamash, who published a tionnaire about themselves book in 2015 about her Jew- regarding topics such as reli- ish family's 1972 escape from gious observance, willingness Iraq, wastravelingaroundthe to relocate and what they are United States, giving talks looking for in a partner. about her background. Iraqi Matches are made the old- Jews who had come to hear fashioned wayby Shamash her speak would frequently and two other rnatctimakers, come up and introduce who read the profiles and in- themselves, troduce members whom they "We are so dispersed," she think are compatible. told JTA. "They felt a con- SharonArazi, a28-year-old nection." retail manager from Great These conversations got Neck, New York, has Iraqi, Shamash, 53, thinking about Syrianand Lebanese ancestry. how the next generation of She signed up for Eldelala in Jews of Iraqi descent would May because she prefers to stay connected to their date someone who shares heritage, her Mizrahi background, she "I thought the way to per- said, noting common food, haps make things approach- music and mentalities. "We able for their children," she understand each other, sothat said. "I sensed that they would be important to me.," wouldhavelikedthechildren Arazi said. to meet Mizrahi Jews, but She said she is drawn to geographical issues are a how the site uses real-life problem, [and] itwasn't going to happen." She thought that connec- tions made online could be the answer. To that end, Shamash launched Eldelala--which means "the matchmaker" in Arabic in April. So far, the site has only about 50 members from around the world, including from the U.S., Canada. England, the Netherlands, and Sweden matchmakers, as opposed to algorithms. I reaily like the idea of matchmaking," she Said. "I fiad A ul o meet peopie oUt and about." Arazi has already received two suggested matches from Shamash. She declined to meet the first match after realizing that he was much more observant than she was, but she is hoping to meet a second possible suitor soon. (Out of the handful of matches Eldelala has initiated since April, one is still in touch, according to Shamash.) Arazi tried other dating platforms without success, she said. At the moment, she's using only Eldelala and Sephardic Connection, a site run by Torah Ohr Hebrew Academy in Great Neck. Around half of Eldelala still-small user base indicates that they would be willing to relocate for love. "That's pretty telling of how important it is to them" to find a partner with a shared background, Shamash said. Still, Shamash's goal is not to discourage marriage between Jews of Middle East- ern descent and those from other backgrounds, she said, pointing out that she has been married to her husband, an Ashkenazi Jew, for 25 years. "I didn't make it in any way so there should be no mixing [between Mizrahi and non- Mizrahi Jews]," she said."Ijust believe that this availability should be there." Members do not have to be 100 percent Mizrahi to join the site--in fact, Eldelala is open to Jews of other backgrounds who are interested in Mizrahi culture. The site will remain free until December, when it will cost $20 per month. But Shamash said that no one will be excluded from join- ing the site due to financial constraints. Ultimately Shamash who has not rettrrned her native Iraq since leaving as a refu- gee-sees Eldelala as away to connect Mizrahi Jewswhoare no longer living in their home countries. She explained: "If we don't have the land under our feet and we're floating-- it's a culture that is floating and dispersed--why not use [technology] as the ground under our feet, and find each other?" OB .AR ES DALE COHEN Dale Cohen, age 63, of Davenport, passed away in Bogota, Colombia, on May 21, 2017. while vacationing with his wife, Sonia. A New York native, he was the son of the late Milton and Miriam Garfinkle Cohen. and born on Sept. 28, 1953. Dale practiced chiropractic in Syracuse and later earned an MBA, eventually becoming product director for OPTUM health insurance. On Dec. 16, 2000, in Orlando, he married the former Sonia Gamboa, his wife who survives him. He relocated to Florida in 2014, after living in California. In addition to his wife, Dale is survived by his sons, Matthew and Jonah (Rifka); and his daughter, Laura (fianc~ Henry Neely); and two grandchildren. A graveside funeral service was held at Ohev Shalom Cemetery with Rabbi Sholom Dubov of Congregation Ahavas Yisroel officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel. 640 Lee Road, Orlando 32810. AARON JOEL GOLDWASSER Aaron Joel Goldwasser, age 33, of Lake Mary, passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017, at his residence. He was born on July 9, 1983, in Atlanta Ga., a son of Albert and Annette Newman Goldwasser. He moved to the Orlando area with his family in 1999. He was a college graduate and worked as a food broker. Aaron is survived by his parents, Albert and Annette of Lake Mary; his brother, Michael (Katie) of Winter Springs; and his paternal grandmother, Ann Goldwasser of Los Angeles. He was predeceased by his paternal grand- father, Harold Goldwasser and his maternal grandparents, Sol and Zelda Newman. A funeral service, officiated by Rabbi Aaron Rubinger, was held in the Pavilion at Ohev Shalom Cemetery followed by interment. In memory of Aaron Joel Goldwasser, the family requests contributions to Congregation Ohev Shalom, 613 Maitland Concourse S, Maitland 32751. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel. 640 Lee Road. Orlando 32810. ELAINE SHERRY SONNE Elaine S. Sonne, age 74. of Eustis, passed away on Friday, June 9, 2017, at Cornerstone Hospice at Orlando Regional Medical Center. A native of Queens, New York, she was born on Feb. 1, 1943, to the late Barnett B. and Pauline Letwack Rosen. She was a bookkeeper and lived in St. Thomas before relocating to the Central Florida area in 2006 and was a member of the Congregation of Reform Judaism. Elaine was married for 49 years to the late Stuart Sonne who passed away on Sept. 15, 2012. She is survived by her children, Pamela Sonne of Mt. Dora and Marvin (Cindy) Sonne of Mr. Dora; and her grandchildren, Matt, Kim, Brianna, Micah and Logan. A graveside service was held at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Leesburg with Rabbi Ste- ven W. Engel officiating. The family requests contributions in memory of Elaine S. Sonne to the Lake County Animal Shelter, 28123 County Road 561, Tavares 32778. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel. 640 Lee Road Orlando 32810. Orlando Weekday Morning Minyan (Conservative/Egalitarian), services Monday- Friday 7:45 a.m. (9 a.rn.--national holidays); 2nd floor Chapel--Jewish Academy of Orlando; 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. For information call 407-298-4650. Celebration Jewish Congregation (R), services and holiday schedules shown at www.; 407-566-9792. Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando (O), 1701 Markham Woods Road, Longwood, 407-636-5994,; services: Friday 7:00 p.m.; Saturday at 9:30 a.rn. Chabad of Altamonte Springs (O), 414 Spring Valley Lane, Altarnonte Springs, 407- 280-0535; www.jewishaltamonte:corn. Chabad of South Orlando (O), 7347 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, 407-354-3660; www. jewishorlando.corn; Shabbat services: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.rn. Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts (O), 1190 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, 321-777-2770. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd., Maitland, 407-644- 2500;; services: Sunday, 9 a.rn.; Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.rn.; Shabbat services: Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.rn.; Family service, 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 301 West State Road 434, Unit 319, Winter Springs, 407-830-7211;; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m. congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862-3505; www.; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.rn. Congregation Beth E! (C), 2185 Meadowlane Ave., West Melbourne, 321-779-0740; Shabbat services, 1st & 3rd Friday; 8 p.m.; 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 9:30 a.rn. Congregation Beth Emeth (R), 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407-855-0772; Shabbat service: monthly, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel (Rec), Collins Resource Center, Suite 303, 9401 S.R. 200, Ocala, 352-237-8277;; Shabbat service, second Friday of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Sholom (R-C), 315 North 13th St., Leesburg, 352-326-3692;www.; schedule of services on website. Congregation Beth Shalom (Progressive Conservative), Orange City congregation holds services at 1308 E. Normandy Blvd., Deitona; 386-804-8283; www.rnybethshalom. corn; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.rn. Congregation B'nal Torah (C), 403 N. Nova Rd., Ormond BeaCh, 32174,386-672-1174;; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad Lubavltch of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation of Reform Judaism (R), 928 Malone Dr., Orlando, 407-645-0444; Shabbat services, 7 p.m. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Fridays; 6 p.m., 4th and 5th Fridays; Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Mateh Chaim (R), P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321-768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, 407-298- 4650;; Shabbat service, Friday, 7.:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.rn. Congregation Or Chaylm (Re), Lecsburg, 352-326 -8745; egrae@hotrnnail.corn; services 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month at Providence Independence of Wildwood. Congregation Shalom Alelchem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kissimmee, 407-935- 0064; www.shalornaleichem.corn; Shabbat service, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Shomer Ysrael (C), 5382 Hoffner Ave., Orlando, 407-227-1258, call for services and holiday schedules. Congregation Sinai (C/R), 303A N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243-5353; congregation-; services: every Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Shabbat Service evert Saturday, 10 a.rn. Orlando Torah Center (O), 8591 Banyan Blvd., Orlando; 347-456-6485; Shacharis- Shabbos 9 a.m.; Mon.--Thurs. 6:45 a.m.: Sun. and Legal Holidays 8 a.m.; Mincha/Maariv Please call for times. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregatlon/Ohalel Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka- Vineland Rd.. Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R), 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C), 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333; www.; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.rn. Minyan, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R), 1109 N.E. 8th Ave., Ocala, 352-629-3587; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple B'nai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (O, 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055;; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C), 579 N. Nova Road, Orrnond Beach, 386-252-3097; Shabbat service, Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 10:30 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R), !001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386-736-1646; www.; Friday Shabbat service, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. followed by Torah study. Temple Shalom (formerly New Jewish Congregation) (R), 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352-748-1800;; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; last Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona, 386-789-2202; www.; Shabbat service; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom (R) Services held at Temple Israel, 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-366-3556,; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352-735-4774; www.; Shabbat services: Saturday, 9:30 a.rn. sharp. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist (T) Mehitsa