Every Thursday, no matter the weather, he meets with doctors, attorneys, real estate developers and other professionals, sharing an insight into the week’s Torah portion, an inspirational story and some words of spiritual encouragement, all in the time it takes to get a cup of coffee.
Most days he rides from lesson to lesson on Citi Bikes he picks up at stations around Manhattan, parking them when he arrives at each venue, hopping on another bike after a class, covering some 15 miles a day.
“I want to get the high-powered people, the busy people,” Rabbi Hecht said.
Sheldon Lobel, a zoning and land use attorney who lives in upstate Millbrook, has hosted Rabbi Hecht’s six-minute class for five years after the two encountered each other at a menorah-lighting ceremony. I learn something every time,” said Lobel, a member of a Conservative synagogue in Poughkeepsie.
Unlike popular dating apps such as Tinder, Ackerman, 44, insists that Tribe is “specifically not a hook up app; it’s about making real connections.” It's also different from predecessor JDate in a number of ways."JDate is primarily a website, and charges users a monthly fee to use it.