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“We were looking for people of substance, which to us meant being involved in volunteering or a similar passion,” says Hall.
They shot the photos themselves and relied on family and friends to get the calendars designed and printed last fall.
Hall and Shapiro already plan to catch up with the mensches later this year, posting updates to their blog to “see what their year was like — whether being a mensch changed anything.” Hall, clearly a mensch in her own right, is already planning the 2013 calendar with Shapiro.
She says many of the featured mensches did land dates after the calendar came out.
The two picked 11 men and one lesbian, who told Hall and Shapiro that she wanted to help redefine Jewish masculinity.
The group included a graphic designer at Apple who founded an action network, a graduate student who mentors kids at a YMCA and built homes in a Peruvian village, and a fellow SMART tutor.By Katherine Seligman In an age of click-and-date, of fix-up apps and web sites, of TV romance carnivals such as The Bachelor, there is Judith Gottesman.Gottesman, a UC Berkeley psychology graduate who holds a master’s in social work from Yeshiva University in New York, is an old-fashioned matchmaker in a new age.The idea caught on faster than an introduction at a speed-dating event.Within hours of creating a Twitter account, a Facebook group and a blog, Hall found herself on the phone with a reporter from the Jewish Daily Forward, describing the ideal candidates: Bay Area singles who were “chosen, not taken.” But what started as a crazy idea to meet local Jewish men turned into a way for Hall and her friend, Elizabeth Shapiro, to support a San Francisco tutoring organization at which they regularly volunteer.“They are looking for soul mates.” Actually, she says, there was one guy who admitted he just wanted someone to wash his dishes.