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She charges an initial ,600 to begin the process and an additional ,200 if a match is made.
Occasionally, she lowers the rate, particularly for seniors on limited incomes. It all begins with an in-depth interview, usually by phone, where she gets a sense of clients and what they are seeking.
It became clear to her, when she found herself voluntarily matching people with pets or helping friends find roommates or jobs, that she wanted to be a matchmaker, a path that combined her psychology and social work skills with her intuition.
Matchmaking is, of course, an ancient career, one embraced by cultures in other parts of the world and by religious groups that rely on it as an essential way to build a family. S., most matchmaking has been outsourced to the Internet.
Her business, Soul Mates Unlimited, concentrates on matches for Jewish singles all over California—including many in their golden years.
“Don’t think because they are 75, 85 or 95, that they want to settle for a warm breathing body,” she says, sitting at a café near her home in San Rafael where she works.
Then, drawn by her love of travel and animals, she worked briefly with primatologists in Venezuela studying monkey behavior in the rainforest (“I loved the monkeys,” she says, “but the primatologists were odd”).
By Katherine Seligman In an age of click-and-date, of fix-up apps and web sites, of TV romance carnivals such as The Bachelor, there is Judith Gottesman.