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Hey, J – come out and play, says new J-Junction chief – The Australian Jewish News



IF you want to meet a local Jewish single, you may need to sweat for it, according to Allison Weiss.

The former campaign manager for Hakoah is now putting her energy and connections to work to refresh J-Junction – the Jewish dating and matchmaking organisation – since being named its executive general manager.

A New Jersey native who worked for the New York Rangers ice hockey team and practised law in New York, Weiss had sought “an opportunity to realign my work with my values”.

She said coming to Australia 12 years ago, to be with her husband, gave her that chance.

In Sydney, Weiss consulted for not-for-profits, looking for “impact-driven and mission-focused” projects.

Speaking of her Hakoah role, Weiss recognised the “amazing support” of those who saw “the need for a central space … to really bring our community together”.

Now Weiss sees a new need.

“Continuity – there’s no greater mission than that”, she said, speaking of the role of couple-creating in furthering the Jewish people.

In J-Junction, Weiss may have found her mission. She cited a tally of babies and longterm relationships attributed to the work of the organisation: 91 and 200, respectively, “all of which is fabulous”.

She spoke about a recent speed-dating event which sold out, with about six times as many registrants as there were spots available. To Weiss, it’s proof that there is room for the organisation to grow.

Weiss wants to see J-Junction become broader in scope, working with other groups to “add value” to their social events. She aims to bring in a wider array of Jews and see them connecting over their own varied and sporty interests.

“Whether it’s a sailing club or a hiking club, we can be the platform through which young adults can come together,” said Weiss.

While Weiss mentioned being “data-driven” in her approach, she emphasised she would like to see J-Junction grow by word of mouth in an “organic” way.

Start limbering up, singles.

More info: jconnect.org.au

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