“They are looking for soul mates.” Actually, she says, there was one guy who admitted he just wanted someone to wash his dishes.
“But,” she says, “he’s still single.” Her clients are teachers, therapists, fire chiefs, entrepreneurs, rabbis.
She charges an initial $3,600 to begin the process and an additional $7,200 if a match is made.
Occasionally, she lowers the rate, particularly for seniors on limited incomes. It all begins with an in-depth interview, usually by phone, where she gets a sense of clients and what they are seeking.
Her business, Soul Mates Unlimited, concentrates on matches for Jewish singles all over California—including many in their golden years.
“Don’t think because they are 75, 85 or 95, that they want to settle for a warm breathing body,” she says, sitting at a café near her home in San Rafael where she works.
After graduating, she traveled to Israel and worked as a volunteer teacher before graduate school.
Then, drawn by her love of travel and animals, she worked briefly with primatologists in Venezuela studying monkey behavior in the rainforest (“I loved the monkeys,” she says, “but the primatologists were odd”).
Her questions differ by age group—elderly clients, for instance, might want to know about health issues, mobility and ability to drive.
She takes note of interests, values, appearance, style and spiritual beliefs.
She’s still proud of her first match, a close friend and the friend of another friend.