May is Jewish American Heritage Month, a time to honor the tremendous contributions that Jewish people have made in this country for hundreds of years. As elite matchmakers in Miami and Boston, we’re all about coupling. That’s why, to celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month, we’re profiling several Jewish couples throughout May. First up: Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld.
Who they are: Jerry needs no introduction to anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock. He was already a first-rate stand-up comedian when he created and starred in Seinfeld, one of the most popular and influential sitcoms of all time. Jessica is a best-selling cookbook author (she often posts her favorite Jewish foods on Instagram) and is the founder of Baby Buggy, a charity that helps new parents to get the supplies needed to raise healthy children.
How long they’ve been together: 17 years
Where they met: a Reebok Sports Club
How long they’ve been married: 16 years
Their relationship, in their own words: Of, course, being a comic, Jerry tells stories about his wife in his act. Here he is on Oprah, talking about his “marital voices”.
Jessica tends to be more private about her personal life. However, in a Vogue magazine interview, she said “I met Jerry at the end of what was the most difficult period of my life. I had just made a painful decision to dissolve a five-year relationship that began when I was 21 and culminated in a brief marriage. Jerry was neither the cause nor the effect of the breakup, but his friendship gave me strength and resilience at a time of desperate need, and it has formed the basis for my happiness in the years that have followed.”
What singles can learn from the Seinfelds: There are several things. First, there’s the fact that they met at a sports club. It’s no secret that sports clubs have long been considered healthy alternatives to bars and nightlife for singles interested in meeting potential partners. But, while it’s certainly healthy to concentrate on yourself and your fitness goals, you have to go up and talk to people you don’t know. This must have been difficult for both Jerry and Jessica. Comics like Jerry tend to be notoriously shy when they’re not on stage. Jessica faced more challenges. She was going through a difficult time in her life—and there she was, meeting one of the most famous men in the world! Still, they pushed through these barriers, and the rest, as they say, is history.
As funny as the video is, it also shows that being together for a long time means learning to accept the “little things” that can sometimes drive you crazy. Every Jewish single we know wants to find someone with a sense of humor. But a healthy sense of humor goes deeper than just laughter; it involves laughing at the “little things” (like nagging voices)—and the ability to laugh at yourself.
Also, while also raising three children, the Seinfelds are supportive of each other’s goals, and give each other the space to pursue them.
With Jessica and Jerry, we see a couple that knows how to truly be open and accepting of one another. Instead of being, in Seinfeld terms, bad breaker-uppers, they have what it takes to stay together. If you’re single and looking to find your soulmate, these tips are much more than yada, yada, yada. They are the foundations of just about any successful relationship.
If you’re among the Jewish singles in Miami, or the Jewish singles in Boston, and you’re looking for that special Jewish soulmate, we’re here to help. To learn more about Elegant Introductions, call Barbara and Nancy today at 305-615-1900 or contact us for more information.