Laurie works across the U.S., Israel and Canada. She is passionate about helping marriage-minded Jewish singles find their "bashert." Her approach is personalized and focused on each client as a special and unique individual. Trained as a Life Coach, and subsequently as a Dating Coach, Laurie brings her listening skills, insights and intuition to understand what your brain and heart desires.
A graduate of Stern College for Women, RVT Real Estate School, Wellcoaches, and Coachville, Laurie has enjoyed several professions that all involved helping people towards achieving their goals. With her extensive coaching background, she decided to fill a need in the community by becoming a full-time professional matchmaker and relationship coach.
Laurie works with many partners to help you identify potential match opportunities. She collaborates with the Sholom Blatter group, Bashertnow.org, Partners in Shidduchim, Yam Suf and Saw You at Sinai, as well as independent matchmakers across the globe. Laurie approaches matchmaking from a traditional Jewish perspective, with sensitivity, compassion and confidentiality. Laurie is delighted to have brought other matchmakers on board to serve clients with exceptional personalized service.
DB from San Francisco:
Not everyone who signs up to be a shadchan knows what they're in for, and many I have worked with over the years threw in the towel after failing to make a match. But Laurie is persistent and tenacious. Over the year that we worked together, she continuously put in a large amount of effort both directly with me and behind the scenes to keep things moving. The interaction was genuine; she followed through on every step and followed up after every date. Her guidance made our engagement a reality.
WS from California:
Laurie is a terrific shadchan. She has a low-key, no-pressure approach, and takes great care with each of her clients. She regards the interview process seriously, spending time getting to know her clients and learning what is important to them. She has a discerning eye for profile coaching, immediately spotting small changes that enable you to present your “best self.” Laurie asks for feedback and uses the client’s input to refine matching. She is eager to hear where you’re coming from and to meet you where you are. Working with Laurie has expanded my view on both dating and marriage, giving me a more open and nuanced perspective.
WG from Ohio:
I felt so empowered after my meeting with Laurie. Her warmth made me feel like we'd always been friends and she displayed such genuine care in understanding what I'm looking for. I feel like she really believes in me, and knowing she's in my corner revives my faith in finding my happily ever after.
NS from Miami:
I am so happy I met Laurie. I have worked with many matchmakers over the years, and she is by far the best! She is unbelievably positive, and cares so much about what she is doing. If you have the chance to work with her, grab it!
RM from Los Angeles:
Before my first date, I told Laurie I was nervous and did not know what to expect. I had dated before, yet for some reason, I was super anxious. I spoke to Laurie the night before my date and she told me it was normal to feel nervous. Then she told me to SMILE and be myself. She said, "You want him to be comfortable and feel good with you." Just those two simple tips allowed for a very smiley and smooth first date to flow into a second date! Laurie, I am so grateful to you for your advice. Just the act of smiling lit up my face (and his too) and changed the whole ambiance. Your coaching helped me mentally gear up for each meeting and I was able to be more relaxed, present and attentive to my date! Thank you for all your time, effort and help!
AB from Seattle:
The Seattle Shadchan (Mrs. Young) takes the time to listen to your needs/desires in looking for one’s bashert. She’ll also ask some of the tough questions to get one thinking about those needs/desires.
When I’ve come to her with possibilities that I have found, she doesn’t hesitate to contact that person directly (or her references) to get a feel if there is an interest.
DS from Bellevue:
I was re-entering the dating scene, having recently got divorced after being married for many years. I felt greatly reassured having access to Laurie and her wisdom (and sense of humor!). She helped guide me through this 'new' period in my life, was easygoing and super friendly to talk to, gave me excellent advice, and advised me on some tricky situations. (coaching client)
MN from Las Vegas:
I would highly recommend Mrs. Laurie Young’s services. I came to her not feeling confident in myself or the matchmaking process. I now feel equipped with the proper tools to tackle dating and many of life’s challenges. If you’re in need of coaching, she should be your first choice.
AN from Vancouver:
Throughout my time with the Seattle Shadchan, Mrs. Young has has been caring, personable, and committed. She invested much time and energy into learning about me and searching for good potential matches. When she finally found my match, she helped keep our match on track all the way to the chuppah. I am so appreciative of her sensitivity and wisdom during the process.
SK from LA:
I've worked with Laurie before when she set me up with a client of hers. I don't remember how she connected with me, but I went out on a few dates with the guy and Laurie was really helpful and proactive between dates. I think she's the only official matchmaker I've had a positive experience with.
Nechama Hutz spent her 28th birthday crying over Ben and Jerry’s and far too many adult beverages about how she was going to be single forever, and her 29th birthday enjoying sushi with her husband of four months. She made it from Point A to Point B, knows how it feels on both sides of the bridge, and is dedicated to helping get you over!
Nechama uses her scientific and artistic sides to find the perfect match. She explores multiple databases, knows how to use algorithms to her advantage (she is a scientist after all) and understands the intangible vibe that emanates from a profile that can contribute to compatibility that exemplifies the art of shidduchim.
When she is not matchmaking, Nechama is making use of her degree collection and working as an adjunct professor of pathology, an infectious disease epidemiologist, and/or a medical writer, depending on the time of day – or year.
Nechama holds two and a half citizenships – she is Canadian and Israeli and hopes to become American someday. As such, she is fluent in English, French, and Hebrew and is open to assisting clients in any of those languages as the need arises.
She’s excited to get the chance to work with Seattle Shadchan and her team, to help do her part in leading people to their life partner.
The father of antisepsis, biologist Louis Pasteur said, chance favours the prepared mind. My job is to prepare your mind, so that you feel empowered to do the rest.
Dina Kurshnir comes to our team from a place of giving and caring. Dina is a Registered Nurse that not only practices nursing, but teaches nursing as well. From early in the morning till late at night, Dina takes time out to match up singles.
Dina comes with four years experience as a matchmaker with Saw You at Sinai. She was helping over 40 singles at a time with matches and follow up. Dina wanted to take a step back and devote more quality time to a select number of singles who wanted to work closely with her, step by step through the shidduch process. Thus she joined Seattle Shadchan and Associates.
“I am so pleased to be working with Seattle Shadchan and Associates. Together we bring more ideas to each other to help all of our clients.”
Dina immigrated to the U.S from the Ukraine and has many Russian clients. She also has Russian matchmaker contacts who work closely with her. Dina is an inexhaustible powerhouse, taking the time to talk to anyone who seeks her out.
Rochelle Frankel is a Los Angeles native. She does a lot of traveling and enjoys meeting Jewish singles wherever she goes. She’s been matchmaking for over 30 years with amazing success.
Rochelle is incredibly plugged in to the LA singles’ scene. Not only does she work as a party planner, she helps with singles events and teaches workshops as the Professional Shadchan at an annual Pesach program. Rochelle belongs to the LA Simcha Society that meets weekly to help local singles find their matches.
Rochelle comments that she “loves to match people up, but I also have a deep recognition of the hand of G-d in all matches. When I light Shabbos candles, I often pray that Hashem should help our singles find their basherts.”
Rochelle adds that she “is delighted to team up with Seattle Shadchan and Associates to work together to use our combined resources to make more matches.”
Originally from the west coast, Avraham is a newlywed living with his kallah in New York. Avraham graduated from the Northwest Yeshiva High School in Mercer Island, Washington and went on to study in Kerem B'Yavneh, Ner Yisroel and Landers College for Men. He currently works as a CPA in New York City and devotes evening and weekend time to making shidduchim.
Avraham experienced the current shidduch scene first hand. He understands the ups and downs of today's dating world and he coaches his clients with a peer's understanding and empathy. Avraham also creates Ski Events and Hiking Events for Modern Orthodox singles as popular mixers, enabling college and post-college singles to meet in a relaxed environment.
Avraham concentrates on the Modern Orthodox and Yeshivish 20-35 year old age group. If you are interested in working with Avraham, click the contact button below.
Tamar Gold, is a wife, mother and grandmother living in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She has been working with singles since 2013 when she joined YUConnects, a subsidiary of SawYouAtSinai, as a volunteer connector. In 2015, she started helping singles who were not members of that site and her database has been growing steadily since then. Tamar now works as a matchmaker full time, both independently and as an integral part of various networks. She has been blessed to have been a part of many shidduchim and looks forward to helping many more singles find their bashert.
In addition to Tamar’s initial training by YUConnects, she has attended Shadchan Academy with Aleeza Ben-Shalom, listened to countless hours of shiurim related to dating and marriage, learned many valuable lessons from the renowned Rabbi Dr. Jack Cohen and from a series of lectures from Mrs. Rochel Goldbaum.
Tamar enables her clients to move forward in dating with self-awareness, positivity, comfort and faith that the right spouse will be suggested at the right time. She truly listens to each client, discerning what makes them unique. She also tries to parse out what is essential for them in a relationship in order to complement their personalities, needs and values. Tamar is a strong believer in quality over quantity, and only suggests matches that are truly on target for both sides. She enjoys attending singles' events and meeting singles in person. Her expertise is primarily across the Modern Orthodox spectrum, with ages 21-39. However, with G-d's help, she has made matches for singles who are outside of those parameters, as well!
From Shoshi, Baltimore:
Tamar is a top-notch shadchan who took the time to get to know me as a person and what I'm looking for, and her matches are always on target. Her guidance is always on point, she helps me see an entire situation and she helps me get out of my own way. She is a pleasure to work with and I am honored to consider her a friend.
From Shimon, NJ:
Mrs. Gold has been incredibly helpful throughout the entire dating process. She has her finger on the pulse and consistently offers insightful and relevant advice.
From Mordechai, Lakewood
What is so special about dealing with Mrs. Gold is her great patience and understanding of my needs. She really gives me a lot of her time not only to find matches but also to process and access each and every date and find out details when a question comes up. It's a real pleasure having her handle my dates. She manages very well to make the process the smoothest possible.
From A.M., Israel:
Tamar Gold always makes time to talk and float ideas to ensure you have your head on straight and is very supportive no matter what decision is made. Considering the difficulty of where to turn for advice in the MO world, when your friends are always on your side and your parents just want you to be happy, I have found Tamar to be exactly the person I need to help center me and help me work through my thoughts to make the proper decisions.
From Sara, Miami:
Tamar is incredible! Always trying to help and encourage me forward. She is the person that will always reach out when I feel forgotten and left behind. Truly a gem of a person, a gem of a shadchan!
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