Judge Rinder talking about JFriends
You answered: What do you like most about JFriends?
Despite the fact that the days are still hot, the nights are getting colder. Suddenly we realise that we need to pull out an extra blanket to keep us warm and we recollect all the amazing things that happened this summer. We are adding the Tel Aviv Sukkot beach party organised by JFriends to our most fond memories.
We still haven’t gotten over the fact that the party, which was initially designed as a low-key meet-up, ended up to be a full-success beach party with many people, who wanted to network and have fun; they did exactly that! We were pleasantly surprised to hear many different languages being spoken, games being played, telephone numbers being exchanged, businesses being planned and future plans being made.
We did the rough count and considering how many people circulated between the Gordon beach and La Mer, left to bring more friends and simply called them to come, we were altogether over 200 hundred people, which, considering the initial low-key plan, was amazing. Many people caught up with their friends and made new ones; this is simply what JFriends is all about – friends for friends.
As the night continued and we relocated to La Mer, enjoyed drinks, nargilot and music, we didn’t want to leave. Now looking back at the event we wish we haven’t left and allowed it to continue.
The JFriends dinners offer an INDEPENDENT Shabbat experience to young Jewish Professionals in London.
I have met many new friends and associates, aged 20s-40s at the dinners. It is a testament to its success, that JFriends has been able to attract such a wide-spectrum of Jewish individuals. It is further unique that JFriends has been able to do so as an independent entity.
JFriends has even inspired me to host my own Shabbos meals. I am currently hosting up to 50 guests for Shabbos meals, services and gatherings at my apartment, every 6 weeks.
I wish Racheli and JFriends every success with your ongoing projects and look forward to future dinners and activities!