Project Jewish Love – a new program for single Jews ages 40 years and older – will host its first event on May 15.

In an email introducing the project, founder Jennifer Gale calls Project Jewish Love a “platform for people 40 years old and older to mingle, date, marry and learn to love.”

The single mom first thought of the idea after a conversation with a friend about what she called “Project 40 Love,” a plan to go on 40 dates before she turned 40.

“I was going to have people set me up on dates,” Gale said. “I was joking around about the concept to women on a Shabbat morning, and they said, ‘I want to get in on that, too.’ ”

She started a Meet Up group on April 1 and, so far, 100 people have signed up.

“People are emailing me in their 60s who are looking for someone under 85,” she said. “I didn’t expect that. It’s been really nice to hear their stories and why they’re looking.”

The first two events – on May 15 and 19 – offer singles, ages 40 and older, a chance to meet and mingle and the third is a Shabbat dinner.

Other events in the planning stages include a five-week workshop about dating techniques, a dating seminar and other social and educational events.

She’s planning to schedule a summer meeting for those interested in helping with the project, from planning events to planning for its growth.

“I would really like to make this a community effort,” she said.

Although for now the project is only in Arizona, she’s already heard from people in other states who expressed an interest in bringing the program to their community, she said.

“The future goal is to have a national network that will offer a framework to deliver innovative, locally focused programming that will address the needs of diverse geographies and unique Jewish singles populations,” Gale wrote in the release about the project.

“Using the fundamental teachings of Torah, rabbinic wisdom, relationship professionals, mind-body-soul experts, and those alike our Project Jewish Love Team can reach deep into communities and create meaningful, positive and lasting impacts that may counterbalance (what some consider to be) a shrinking Jewish populace.”

Gale recently started as a development assistant with the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix. “This is the year to make a lot of changes,” she said. “It’s starting with Project Jewish Love and to making a difference with the federation as well.”

To learn more, visit projectjewishlove.com, Project Jewish Love on Facebook or meetup.com/Project-Jewish-Love.

DETAILS

What: Meet and Mingle Coffee

When: 10-11 a.m. Sunday, May 15

Where: Maverick Coffee, 10269 N. Scottsdale Road

What: Meet and Mingle

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 19

Where: Mbar Tapas Lounge at  Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale

What: Shabbat dinner  

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 3

Where: Congregation Beth Tefillah, Scottsdale

Reservations required: projectjewishlove.com

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