Rosh Hashana for Jews celebrating the New Year, is a time to eat apples and honey, and reflect on becoming a better person. For some, it's also a time to possibly hook up.
Several Jewish singles were planning Rosh Hashana dinners through "Meetup," which bills itself as the world's largest online network of local groups. The Jewish New Year begins on Wednesday night. Many celebrate two days of the holiday with dinners and attending synagogue.
In Silicon Valley, for example, a singles group is having the second night of Rosh Hashana at a home in west San Jose through Meetup.
Fabienne Slama, 46, a life coach, has participated in many Jewish singles Meetup events. But on this Jewish New Year, she's inviting single guests the old fashioned way to her home in Mountain View.
Most of her dozen-or-so guests are without partners, and she said she's happy to play matchmaker. She's single herself, and acknowledged she wouldn't mind finding her special someone over a plate of brisket and challah.
In her opinion, the dinner table, especially if people sitting around it have things in common, is a much better place to meet than a gym or a bar. And if people don't fall in love, she said, making a new friend is OK, too.
"We're all celebrating the same thing and sharing the same spirit," she said. "I hope to make it special by creating a little magic."