Meet Matchmaker/Attorney Leora Hoffman

I would like to introduce you to one of the most scintillating Jewish women in the Washington area.

Her name is Leora Hoffman.  She’s an attorney, and she doesn’t just glow, she sizzles.

Her stunning mane of curly red hair seems more likely to be gracing a fashion-show catwalk than the courtrooms of Washington. 

Without even trying, she brings a fashionable flair to her work as a prosecutor in the child protection section of the D.C. attorney general’s office.  It’s her job to try to bring nightmares to an end for abused and neglected children.  But in her spare time she has a calling in which her goal is essentially the opposite — she’s a matchmaker trying to make the dreams of her clients come true.

 She’s a civil prosecutor, rather than a criminal one — so that when she wins a case, the person faces the loss of parental rights rather than the prospect of incarceration.  At any given time, she’s likely to be juggling 60 or so cases at various stages of litigation.

Her brain also gets a good workout in her matchmaking, since she’s always keeping track of the romantic progress of hundreds of clients.  The fees they pay range from $500 to $7,500, depending upon which service options are selected.

When determining who to match up with whom, she has three kinds of information percolating through her head.  First of all, there are the written responses that each client gives to a fairly detailed questionnaire that covers issues ranging from one’s pattern of alcohol consumption to what qualities are being sought in the opposite sex.

Then there’s an ongoing series of meetings and phone conversations.  “I’m always talking with them,” she says.

Also coming into play:  her hunches.  Having been the catalyst of 64 marriages so far, there’s no doubt that they sometimes can be golden.

What’s the key to her success?

“I look at the whole person, and try to figure out what they’re looking for,” she says.  “I know how love operates,” she adds.  “I’m one of the old dinosaurs.”

Her good heart and her commitment to tikkun olam (the effort to heal the world) are likely the products of having attended a yeshiva on Long Island during her formative years.  She’s a shining example of someone who’s working to make the world not only a better place — but a happier and more romantically fulfilling one as well.

For more information, visit or call 301-537-5266


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