There’s a new single’s group in the West Valley for ages 55 and older and Helene Fox hopes that it is as successful as the one she started in New York in 1991.
“I started a Jewish singles group in Orange County, in upstate New York,” says Helene. “It went over really well – we had 150 members. In fact, I met my husband there.”
From New York, the couple moved to San Diego where her husband, Adrian, worked as a research chemist. When he retired, they moved to Las Vegas, thinking it was a nice place to live. “I was wrong,” jokes Helene.
“It was so transient, it was not a place I wanted to be,” she says. “We always loved the West and loved Arizona so we came out here and we found a home in Sun City. I’ve been there ever since and I love it here.” That was in 1999.
Widowed in 2015, Helene decided at the end of 2018 it was time for her to do something different, so she got together with a few friends and decided to start a singles group.
“I haven’t done the online dating thing,” she admits. “I like my life right now, but I think it’s a good way for people to make new friends and enjoy themselves.”
Their first event on Jan. 20 had a turnout of about 50 people. The meet and greet was held at Temple Beth Shalom where Helene works part-time as a bookkeeper.
“You don’t have to be a member of Beth Shalom to be a member of this group,” says Helene. “All Jewish men and women age 55 and over are welcome.” The group is using Beth Shalom as a venue right now, rather than having to meet in people’s homes.
At their first meeting, Helene asked people to fill out papers stating what activities they might like to participate in. She has come up with a few ideas like brunch, dances, mystery bus rides – some events she had success with when she ran the group in New York.
“Our vision is to have a place where Jewish singles can meet and feel comfortable, make new friends and enjoy their life,” says Helene.
Right now, the group does not have an official name, but for more information, contact Helene at firstname.lastname@example.org.