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September 16, 1988 - Image 104

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-09-16

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(SINGLE LIFE I

FOR SINGLES

(2 5-40 Years Old)

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9:15 P.M.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

at

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14601 W. Lincoln

Oak Park

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sec. dept. equal to 1st mo. pymt., plate cost extra.

HOURS:
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'til 9:00
Tu., Wed., Fri.
'til 6:00

102

42355 GRAND RIVER

Just East of Novi Rd., Novi

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1988

547-7970

New Singles Party Line
Called Jewish Talk

There's a new way to find a
Jewish mate — over the
phone. By calling Jewish
Talk, a national Jewish par-
ty line, you can speak to
Jewish people throughout the
Northeast.
Jewish Talk, which started
operating in early June, was
the brainchild of David
Shimony, 35, an Israeli-
American who came to
America to study in 1975.
Shimony said he developed
the idea of Jewish Talk "after
knowing and becoming
familiar with party lines and
being a bachelor" himself.
"Because of my previous ex-
perience of not being able to
limit my exposure to Jews
alone, I consider JewishTalk
to be fulfilling a tremendous-
ly needed function in Jewish
society," said Shimony, who
has been married to his
Israeli wife for about two
years.
"I lived in the U.S. for 12
years before I got married,
and I found it very hard to
meet Jews. There was always
an 80 percent chance that the
people I met were not going to
be Jewish," he continued.
"With Jewish Talk, the ques-
tion — Are you Jewish? — is
eliminated?'
Not quite. Like any of the
approximately 50 natinwide
900-number talk lines, the
number of Jewish Talk,
1-900-999-0900, gets passed
from friend to friend. Anyone
can call up, and you don't
have to be Jewish to talk.
Shimony, who is in the
telecommunications business,
also cited some other advan-
tages to meeting people over
the phone, such as the
elimination of certain in-
securities and inhibitions
that some may have when
meeting face-to-face.
"People can express
themselves more freely when
they are anonymous, he said.
"And by the time they meet
inperson, they already know
one another. It's a great way
to break the ice."
Shimony said that he
created the line mainly for
people "with open minds who
are disappointed with the
gatherings of the Jewish com-
munity centers, or who prefer
to explore the essence of a
person before they meet them
in person."
After calling many other
party lines, he became disap-
pointed by the content of their
conversations, which had,
Shimony said, "no value, no
human quality." So, because
"they were boring?" Shimony

decided to start his own line.
He said that ther is "no
comparison" between the
level of conversation on
Jewish Talk and oher lines.
On Jewish Talk, he said,
callers can discuss American
Jewish concerns, community
events, or arrange a rendez-
vous between callers. "Jewish
Talk can e anything you want
it to be."
And besides, what other
party line can you call and
hear Jewish or Israeli music
playing in the background, or
be asked as soon as you in-
troduce yourself whether you
make a good matzah brei?
When you first reach
Jewish Talk, a recorded
message comes on the line
telling you that you have
reached Jewish Talk, which
will cost you 95 cents a
minute.
Then you can either join in
the coversation, or just listen
to the others on the line. But
if you don't tell the others
that you're there, you may
miss meeting interesting peo-
ple like Barry, Larry,
Jonathan or Andy.
Barry, 35, who calls Jewish
Talk about once a week, said
that "it's wonderful bilking to
people of the tribe."
For him, however, the line is
not a vehicle for meeting
single Jewish women, since
he is already married. "I call
for the social phenomenon,"
he said.
Larry, 41, who calls more
often than Barry, said that he
finds it easier to discuss his
problems with people who are
removed from the situation
and who can then give him
unbiased feedback. "It's like
getting therapy for a dollar a
minute," he said.
Larry also said that he
doesn't call to meet Jewish
single women. "If it happens,
it will happen. I have my own
group that I go out with," he
said.
Another redeeming factor
of the talk line that Larry
pointed out was the escape op-
tion. "You can go ahead and
lay your soul right on the
table," he said, "and then you
can always hang up."
But now everyone hangs up
without ever meeting theper-
son at the other end. Gigi, a
monitor on the line, who does
the midnight to 6 a.m. shift,
said that she used to talk to
the same people for hours un-
til they decided to finally get
together at a little club in
Manhattan. She still keeps in
contact with some of them
now.

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