“I used to think she was just this old-school sweet Polish lady,” Davis says.
Well, I think there’s a lot of ageism in America going on, and I feel bad for the women that are getting into their 50s and 60 and 70s. Even though they’re a little bit — they’re a little bit cleaner. For successful, independent women like yourself, are there any qualities you advise similar women seek out and avoid when they’re looking for a match? I have a matchmaker that wanted to fix me up yesterday, and he was close to my age, and he was a good fit, everything was great, and then he said, “I don’t want anyone on TV,” because he thinks I’m the character on TV. So he said, well, he didn’t like the person he saw on camera.
I mean, look at Christie Brinkley, and she says no one will ask her out ’cause of her age, and it’s like, , I’ve seen 26-year-olds [who] don’t look as good as her. And she wrote me back and said, “It’s better if people did not follow your career.” I said, “So what’re you gonna do? As you age, like Cher said, “It’s s–t.” Because you’re being judged by your age.
Later I’ll leave after arranging a date with an adorable man handpicked by Davis whom my mother would kvell—ahem, gush—over.
This is “Shabatness,” an invite-only service that sets up young Jewish professionals over Shabbat dinners.
Davis incorporates bits of tradition into each dinner she hosts, whether it’s a group of modern Orthodox Jews or, what’s more common, a group of Secular ones.
(At the dinner I attended, fewer than half the group could read Hebrew.) There are small touches of Jewish customs like her logo, a heart-shaped Challah bread, and the business’ name, “Shabbatness.” Nes means miracle in Hebrew, Davis says.Even with modern traditions, the core of the evening is Judaism.Davis’ inspiration comes from her own grandmother, Rose Goldberg, who survived the holocaust in hiding after being sent to the ghettos of Wladimir Wolynsk in Poland.Davis got access to mentors, donors and business classes to put her vision in place.Labe Eden, a committee member at Presen Tense who has attended a few Shabbatness dinners, says he was struck by Davis and her idea from the get go. The idea could seem old school—but each dinner has its own special twist.Tell Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie that it’d be better if men didn’t follow their careers?