They usually offer everything from hikes, to dance parties, bus tours, communal singing, folk dancing and even bowling events.
But in reality, these events are very often attended by many more women than men; sometimes up to 80% are women.
It drops to 35% between the ages of 40-44, and to 31% for the 45-49 age bracket.
As late as 1980, the Central Bureau of Statistics didn’t even list “divorced” as a category for family status; offering only “single” or “not single.” This drives home the fact that at that time, divorce was still on the margins.
“Dating sites have taken the place of the matchmaker with one exception,” Zahavi-London tells The Media Line.
“In the past it was uncomfortable to admit one needed the services of a matchmaker and it was usually done clandestinely.
Today, at least one in four women of that age is unattached. Reflecting trends in the West, Israel is also witnessing a sharp rise in the divorce rate. Oz Almog, a sociologist from the Israel Studies Department at Haifa University, told The Media Line.