“Soon by You” shines a light on the world of Orthodox Jewish dating, where dates are often set up by matchmakers, ramping up both expectations and anxieties when a couple first meet.Leah Gottfried is hilarious as fashionista Sarah, but in addition to being a star of the series, she is also creator, director, co-writer, and co-producer of the series, through her production company, Dignity Entertainment.Dating for everyone is ultimately about connecting to another person, it’s just that in the Orthodox world there is the added pressure to date for marriage and family, and to be quick about it.” In “The Setup,” much of the comedy and drama revolves around the multiple “bathroom breaks” that Sarah F.and David take at the same time, furtively continuing their conversation outside the restrooms, neither wanting to return to their actual dates.“Soon by You” is sponsored in part by the Jewish Entertainment Network of Los Angeles, and uses product placements as a means to support the series. I find your work important and meaningful, and your hard work will not go unnoticed.So far, these have included the Manhattan restaurants Eighteen, Mike’s Bistro, The Navidaters, Shabbat.com, and a novel titled Outdated. ” From an Orthodox single man: “Your show gives outsiders a glimpse of the colorful lives that Orthodox Jews have. Good luck and I can't wait for the next episode and the next 20 seasons.” Episode 3, titled “The Shabbat Meal” has been released, and you can catch up with the first two episodes here: https://youtu.be/Dx Dfm L4ki,ek and follow the show on Instagram @soonbyyou; Facebook: Soon By You or Twitter: @soonbyyou.Here in Europe it is just super tough to even meet any other Jew.” While the show is satirical, both Gottfried and Schechter are longtime veterans of the Jewish singles dating scene and have learned a lot of lessons along the way.
They share an interest in literature and art, and have so much in common they’re practically finishing one another’s sentences. Meanwhile, the artsy Sarah Feldman strains to make conversation with her blind date, Ben, a slick and polished guy with whom she has nothing in common. The clever pilot episode, “The Setup,” has already been viewed on You Tube over 80,000 times, and the second episode, (“The Follow-Up”) is approaching 45,000 views.
People can get so focused on seeing if a person has the qualities they’ve got on their checklist that they forget to ask, ‘Do I like this person’s company? ’” Sometimes married couples develop “amnesia” about the single life, conveying the idea that marriage is equated with the finish line.
“This cannot be the only marker of identity or self-worth,” Schechter says.
New partnerships are expected in episode three, which the producers hope will air by mid-October. Also, for people who want to stay away from secular entertainment because of the way it objectifies women or encourages bad language and violence, this provides a kosher outlet for them. Judy Gruen is the author of several books, including the newly released The Skeptic and the Rabbi: Falling in Love with Faith.
The producers are cheered by the steady stream of fan mail as more people discover the episode, and it’s coming from Jews not only across the globe but across the religious spectrum. Living in Nebraska, it is hard to find a nice Jewish guy. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Jewish Action, and many other media outlets.