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.
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“In the past it was uncomfortable to admit one needed the services of a matchmaker and it was usually done clandestinely.
Today, belonging to a dating service is very legitimate.”Zahavi-London manages a dating site called “Shakuf B’Tzafon,” in northern Israel.
“Perhaps it is temporary misery – a transition stage on the way to a society with new game rules.”According to the statistics, in 1971 the chance of a 35-year-old woman in Israel being unmarried was 1 in 40.
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.