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Website sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Malkiel Goldberger in honor of their precious children
info@shidduchcenter.org | 443.955.9887

The Dating Place

The Dating Place

Information and Guidelines

The Shidduch Center of Baltimore welcomes you to The Dating Place!

Below is the information you will need, including guidelines for visiting our venue. To reserve a dating room, please send a text to 410.299.5921. This is the primary number for reservations. If, and ONLY if, you have not yet received a reply to your text, and have an urgent and time sensitive need, you may send a follow up text to 203.400.3321. If you have any questions about the reservation process, or the guidelines below, please email Mrs. Rebecca Spero at rcspero1 AT gmail.com to discuss your questions.

You can expect an INITIAL REPLY TEXT between 7-10 p.m. on the day that you texted. Once your reservation has been completed, you will receive a CONFIRMATION TEXT. You will also receive a REMINDER TEXT on the morning of your scheduled date. 

If you are ready to reserve, the single man (not the parent or shadchan) will please text us the following:

  1. Your name, the city where you currently reside, the city of the person you are dating (i.e., Baltimore, Silver Spring, Olney), and the phone number to which you’d like your confirmation sent.   
  2. Your agreement: “I have read your guidelines below and agree to follow them.”  
  3. If you prefer a particular space (i.e., the Crafts Room or the Activity Room), please specify your first and second preferences so that we can accommodate you if it is available. 

HOURS:

Sunday 1-4 p.m., 7-10 p.m.         Monday-Thursday 7-10 p.m.           Motzei Shabbos   8-11 p.m.

  • Your booking must be made between 7-10 p.m., at least one night before your scheduled date. Same-day bookings cannot be accommodated.
  • You will be occupying your reserved dating space for the duration of your date. You are welcome to leave the room for visits to the Atrium (for additional snacks, additional board games, and restroom).  
  • The Dating Place is staffed by volunteer hostesses who commit to three-hour shifts. In appreciation of their commitment, and to help us with our scheduling, we ask that you plan to use your reserved area for at least two hours of your three-hour time slot. 
  • Your agreement to the Guidelines affirms that at the time of your visit to The Dating Placeyou and your date will have been free of any Covid symptoms for at least 48 hours prior; to the best of your knowledge, you and your date were not in direct contact with anyone who had Covid or exhibited symptoms during those 48 hours; and that you and your date have not been to any social gatherings without practicing appropriate precautions to prevent virus spread.

WE OFFER: 

The Dating Place has the capacity to host multiple dating couples at one time. 

We have five conversation rooms, all equipped with a table and chairs, board games, and refreshments. One of these rooms also features creative crafts, while another room contains a ping-pong table and Foosball.

  • Three Conversation Rooms 
  • One Creative Crafts Room
  • One Activity Room (ping-pong and Foosball)

Additionally, we have a shared Atrium with a snack bar, fridge, and additional board games that is open to all daters at any time. There is also a washing station here (and in the restroom). You are welcome to bring (or order in) your lunch/dinner.

There is ample complimentary parking directly in front of the entrance.

To ensure your safety, and in compliance with yichud guidelines, The Dating Place is outfitted with security cameras that are videoing without sound recording. 

As our venue is on the hotel grounds, we have arranged with the DoubleTree Hotel a special rate ($79) for the single man (who utilized our dating venue) who needs lodging for the night. To take advantage of this promotional rate, please call 410.653.1100 and use the discount code “OLA” or use this link. https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/deeplink/?&ctyhocn=PIKDTDT&corporateCod e=3287682

GUIDELINES: A printed copy of these guidelines will be given to both you and your date to sign upon arrival at The Dating Place.

  • RESERVATIONS MUST be made by the single man (not the parent or shadchan). 
  • MASKS MUST BE WORN when entering/leaving the facility, and when walking in the Atrium or any space outside of your designated dating space. Sitting or standing at least six feet apart from each other (while inside The Dating Place) is our requested protocol. 
  • YOU WILL BE WELCOMED by a hostess who will escort you to your designated dating space.  She will ask the dating couple to sign a printed version of the guidelines you are reading here, and will accept your cash or check payable to The Shidduch Center of Baltimore (A suggested donation of $20 per couple to help offset costs is greatly appreciated.)
  • PLEASE RESPECT THE PRIVACY of other couples by remaining, as much as possible, within your designated area. Whomever you see at The Dating Place is CONFIDENTIAL and may not be shared with anyone. While there is no simple way to ensure absolute privacy, we suggest that you use basic discretion (i.e., upon parking, give another couple who has already left their car a few minutes to enter before you exit your car; or upon leaving the venue, wait if you see another couple starting to leave).
  • FOR YICHUD PURPOSES, the door to your dating space may never be locked so that your hostess may enter the room at any time, unannounced, for a brief check-in. This is left to the sole discretion of the hostess, which means you will not be notified in advance.
  • PLEASE UNDERSTAND that closing time is 10 p.m. sharp on Sunday-Thursday, 11 p.m. sharp on Motzei Shabbos. As a courtesy, your hostess will knock on your door with a fifteen-minute heads up.
  • WHEN YOU ARE READY TO LEAVE, please check off the “Yes, We Did” list to  confirm that you restored the area to the way it was when you arrived, and used the wipes provided to sanitize the surfaces that you used. 
  • PLEASE BE ADVISED that the last dating couple in the building will be asked to wait for a few minutes for the hostess to complete her closing routine and then to accompany her to her car. 
  • WE VALUE your comments and suggestions. You will have the opportunity to submit a comment card (available in your designated dating space) as you exit our venue.   

Again, if you have any questions about the reservation process, or the guidelines above, please text them to 410.299.5921. For general questions or comments, you may email Mrs. Rebecca Spero at rcspero1@gmail.com.