An author has received date offers after his mother announced “he’s single” to an online conference with a synagogue about his new book.
The cheeky interjection came when Menachem Kaiser was promoting his critically acclaimed new book – Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure.
The 35-year-old was discussing his work with a Zoom call of more than 100 people from Rinat Yisrael, a synagogue in Teaneck, New Jersey, on Monday.
Posting a comment on the call, Mr Kaiser’s mother, Judy, wrote: “I don’t have a question, but I do have the answer to the question that many of you may be wondering about: Yes – he’s single!”
The Jewish writer, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, said the comment was slipped in by his mother amid a number of questions about his book.
“The moderator either did not see it or pretended not to see it… I pretended not to see it,” Mr Kaiser told the PA news agency.
“My mother has been attending many of my Zoom talks and is keen on me finding someone – so she took the opportunity.
“In the Orthodox community, finding someone to date is often a question of networks.”
Mr Kaiser said the moderator has since told him some people got in touch inquiring about dates, and he has received more since a tweet he shared about the experience went viral.
Mr Kaiser said he “wasn’t at all upset” with Judy’s sly matchmaking, adding it was “embarrassing, but in a cute way”.
Plunder is a non-fiction book about Mr Kaiser’s quest to reclaim his family’s apartment building in Poland – a true story that led him to revelations about Nazi treasure.