Bites and Books


Thursday, January 11    
12:00 PM

Event Type

January 11, 2024

The Matchmaker’s Gift
by Lynda Cohen Loigman

Facilitator: Cantor Rachel
Gottlieb Kalmowitz

Even as a child in 1910, Sara Glikman knows her gift: she is a maker of matches and a seeker of soulmates. But among the pushcart-crowded streets of New York’s Lower East Side, Sara’s vocation is dominated by devout older men—men who see a talented female matchmaker as a dangerous threat to their traditions and livelihood. Two generations later, Sara’s granddaughter, Abby, is a successful Manhattan divorce attorney, representing the city’s wealthiest clients. When her beloved Grandma Sara dies, Abby inherits her collection of handwritten journals recording the details of Sara’s matches. But among the faded volumes, Abby finds more questions than answers. Is Abby willing to sacrifice the career she’s worked so hard for in order to keep her grandmother’s mysterious promise to a stranger? Is there really such a thing as love at first sight?


For details, contact Laura Gottlieb, Director of Cultural Resources at or 248.851.1100.