United Rudra Foundation Presents Rishta 2021

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What is Rishta?

Rishta is a 2 day event that brings singles together in a fun and social setting, allowing them to interact and meet other prospective life partners.
It’s a no stress, no pressure event where you can meet, talk, exchange contacts and spend time to discover compatibility among candidates.

Dates: Friday, September 10th, 2021  &  Saturday, September 11, 2021

Cost: $225  ( Hotel accommodation not included)

(100% Tax deductible donation)

What happened at Rishta 2019?

(Rishta 2020 was cancelled due to Covid-19)

Rishta 2019 kicked off with a fun Hawaiian themed pool side social. Participants got to meet each other and make new friends. The next day was packed with a session of games, social icebreakers, meetings, role play and a lot more. 185+ people attended and almost everyone walked away with matches and a list of people who were interested in them. In less than a year, team Rishta was made aware of 10 candidates who found their life partners at Rishta planning on their next step towards their “happy ever after”. Here are some pictures from the event. Photos are blurred to protect the privacy of the candidates.

Candidates privacy is important to us. So identities of those attending the event will not be made public online. Thus, we thank the couples below who allowed us to use their photos so other candidates can have faith in the process, and give it a honest shot at finding their life partner at Rishta 2021.

Akanksha and Priyank 
Met in Rishta 2019,
Married 2020

Mansi & Sagar Rajguru
Met in Rishta 2019, Engaged.
Wedding August 2021

Planned Events

Friday, September 10, 2021

Hotel Check-in/Registration

7:30 pm – Hawaiian themed Socializer!

Meet your coordinator at the front desk who will guide you to a Hawaiian themed
social mixer to meet the volunteers and candidates informally. This is an ice breaker
event to get to know other attendees.

Expect, live performers, a little bit of Hawaiian music,
hula dancing, light food options, and introductions!

PLEASE NOTE

Hotel accommodations are not included.
Hotels are around $145/night  

Saturday, September 11, 2021 

Event begins at 8:30 am.
Don’t be late.
8:30 am – Breakfast
Group introductions
Social games

12:30 pm – Lunch
Speed Dating
Dating myth busters game
One on one meetups (2-3 minute dates)
6:00 pm – Social games and Mixers
7:30 pm – Dinner

Registration closed

WHY WE HOST RISHTA?

100% of profits from Rishta 2021 will go towards supporting educational needs for children in rural India. 

While most of the children switched to learn from home in urban towns; poor children in rural India have little or no access to internet, a computer or in extreme cases education. This void has been further expanded by COVID-19 locking schools and distancing opportunities. We are building learning opportunities for rural children in outskirts of Rajasthan and Gujarat. 50% of Rishta fees will be directly donated to fund teachers, build a school, buy books and connect internet connections so 800 kids can get learning opportunities. Remaining 50% will go towards expenses of running Rishta event so we can help you find a partner. A win-win proposition for us all. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Who can attend this event?

This event is suited for Hindu singles who are looking to meet singles interested in finding a life partner, and want to meet in person face to face. We welcome individuals up to 39 years of age. There is no language or caste barrier. IDs will be checked at registration for age. 

What is the average age and origin of past Rishta events?

In the past events, we have hosted candidates from all over the US and Canada. Some even travel from Europe, India, and UAE. Average age at Rishta 2019 was 32 for ladies and 33 for gents; however we hosted candidates as young as 23 up to 39. 

60% of candidates are local from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. 40% are fly in from other locations.

How is Rishta different than any other matrimonial event?
Rishta is unique because each candidate is assigned a coordinator who he or she can approach during and after the event to help get in touch with other candidates or their parents. Your coordinator will help you find suitable matches among the other candidates and work with you to help open doors on the day of the event. 
We use a simple but effective algorithm to find matches during the event. Rishta is designed to give candidates the opportunity to meet, introduce themselves, and take back an experience that’s safe, fresh, exciting and above all meaningful. This experience is heightened by the experience crafted to put candidates at ease. We are your friends, and we want you to feel at ease of asking us questions, or telling us if you want to connect with a certain individual.
When should I plan to arrive/leave?

Plan to arrive on Friday (September 10, 2021) by 7pm. Those who come early on Friday can join other candidates at the local restaurant at the hotel for an informal mixer. At 7:30 registration starts followed by the themed social mixer. The theme is a surprise and disclosed to the candidates 2 weeks prior to the event. Dinner in included.

Saturday September 11th activities kick off at 8:30 am. Breakfast is included so please be on time. 

Where will I stay?
Rishta 2021 is being held at Edison Hotel in Central New Jersey. The hotel is RECENTLY RENOVATED with new rooms, beautiful new conference room, and large expanded space to host this event. 
New rooms will cost $150/night, however they do have some older rooms which are on a deal at around $100/night and not bad at all. If you’d like to stay at another hotel, Hilton Garden Inn (Raritan Center) and Extended stay (Raritan Center) are walking distance. And to say walking distance in New Jersey, that’s 2 blocks max. 
Airport details for out of town candidates?
The easiest airport to fly into is EWR airport ( For cost, and ease of travel). Another accessible airport is PHL (Philadelphia International Airport) but may be a bit further out from the event. Uber and LYFT are great options in New Jersey.
What should I bring?
Bring a good attitude, a positive outlook and dress to impress. You will be meeting new people and potential life partners, individuals who have invested so much into meeting you so bring your best smile. We are there to deliver the rest. Sanitizers, Masks ( if needed), quality food, sugar, candy, and common headache and muscle pain medications will be provided by us as needed.
When can I register?
Registration is now open. Once you complete the form and make the payment, we will reach out to you to make sure that all of your information is accurate. You will be emailed information about the event and will be assigned a coordinator who will work with you to open doors. You can call them if you have any logistical or general questions about the event as well.
Registration is $225, What's included?
The fee covers your participation at the 2 days event.
Friday 10th September: A social mixer (No alcohol) and dinner on September 10th (Friday) are included. We usually do creative food, and activities to make this a fun experience. An opportunity to meet singles, face to face in our themed happening socializer.
Saturday 11th September: Indian breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. You will be provided with names and details of all candidates at the beginning of event on 11th September in the form of a printed book. We cover coffee, tea, snacks and other conveniences as possible to make your journey as pleasant as possible.
Opportunity to meet other candidates who are serious about finding a life partner is included. A true life changing opportunity.
And due to social distancing we are only allowing 250 guests ( which is 45% of the conference room capacity.) Please sign up if you are interested, we expect that this event will sell out faster than expected. If you have any more questions, feel free to call or text Harsh ( Rishta Coordinator) at 6468251553
What is the last day to register? Can I just register a week before the event?
Rishta NJ is the largest matrimonial event in the USA. But due to social distancing, we will be limiting the number of candidates. 

As of 9/2/2021, registration for men has ended. We are only taking female candidates currently. We currently have a 60% men and 40% female ratio, and we are trying to get to 50/50.

What is your refund policy due to sickness or Corona virus fears?
We strongly urge you to get insurance with your flights and hotel bookings. If you cannot make it, we will not be able to refund the fee to you as your name will already be printed in the book. But if you get trip insurance, they will cover your flights and hotels ( $500 coverage costs $25… no brainer https://www.allianztravelinsurance.com/)
Can my parents attend?

We usually don’t encourage it, because parents will not be able to enter the conference room where candidates are meeting each other. However, if they will be staying at the hotel and need to join candidates for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner then we will accommodate their food for Saturday for $100/pp. This is payable by Cash of Check at the registration front desk. Please text us at 6468251553 if you are a parent, or your parents will attend. This way we can make enough foods available for you.

What is your alcohol policy and rude behavior policy?
Alcohol beverages will not be allowed during the event. There is a bar on site, and alcohol beverages are not allowed to be removed from the bar. If you are found to be tipsy, under the influence of alcohol, or carrying alcohol to the event, you will be removed from the event.

If you are found to be rude to another candidate, a volunteer, or disrespectful to the event, then you will be asked to leave the event immediately.

There will be security at the event for enforcement of these rules. We treat each candidate like our sons and daughters, and will not tolerate any misbehavior. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Who can attend this event?

This event is suited for Hindu singles who are looking to meet singles interested in finding a life partner, and want to meet in person face to face. We welcome individuals up to 39 years of age. There is no language or caste barrier. IDs will be checked at registration for age. 

What is the average age and origin of past Rishta events?

In the past events, we have hosted candidates from all over the US and Canada. Some even travel from Europe, India, and UAE. Average age at Rishta 2019 was 32 for ladies and 33 for gents; however we hosted candidates as young as 23 up to 39. 

40% of candidates are local from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. 60% are fly in from other locations. 5% were international candidates from UK, UAE, and event India.

How is Rishta different than any other matrimonial event?
Rishta is unique because each candidate is assigned a coordinator who he or she can approach during and after the event to help get in touch with other candidates or their parents. Your coordinator will help you find suitable matches among the other candidates and work with you to help open doors on the day of the event. 
We use a simple but effective algorithm to find matches during the event. Rishta is designed to give candidates the opportunity to meet, introduce themselves, and take back an experience that’s safe, fresh, exciting and above all meaningful. This experience is heightened by the experience crafted to put candidates at ease. We are your friends, and we want you to feel at ease of asking us questions, or telling us if you want to connect with a certain individual.
When should I plan to arrive/leave?

Plan to arrive on Friday (September 10, 2021) by 7pm. Those who come early on Friday can join other candidates at the local restaurant at the hotel for an informal mixer. At 7:30 registration starts followed by the themed social mixer. The theme is a surprise and disclosed to the candidates 2 weeks prior to the event. Dinner in included.

Saturday September 11th activities kick off at 8:30 am. Breakfast is included so please be on time. 

Where will I stay?
Rishta 2021 is being held at Edison Hotel in Central New Jersey. The hotel is RECENTLY RENOVATED with new rooms, beautiful new conference room, and large expanded space to host this event. 
New rooms will cost $150/night, however they do have some older rooms which are on a deal at around $100/night and not bad at all. If you’d like to stay at another hotel, Hilton Garden Inn (Raritan Center) and Extended stay (Raritan Center) are walking distance. And to say walking distance in New Jersey, that’s 2 blocks max. 
Airport details for out of town candidates?
The easiest airport to fly into is EWR airport ( For cost, and ease of travel). Another accessible airport is PHL (Philadelphia International Airport) but may be a bit further out from the event. Uber and LYFT are great options in New Jersey.
What should I bring?
Bring a good attitude, a positive outlook and dress to impress. You will be meeting new people and potential life partners, individuals who have invested so much into meeting you so bring your best smile. We are there to deliver the rest. Sanitizers, Masks ( if needed), quality food, sugar, candy, and common headache and muscle pain medications will be provided by us as needed.
When can I register?
Registration is now open. Once you complete the form and make the payment, we will reach out to you to make sure that all of your information is accurate. You will be emailed information about the event and will be assigned a coordinator who will work with you to open doors. You can call them if you have any logistical or general questions about the event as well.
Registration is $225, What's included?
The fee covers your participation at the 2 days event.
Friday 10th September: A social mixer (No alcohol) and dinner on September 10th (Friday) are included. We usually do creative food, and activities to make this a fun experience. An opportunity to meet singles, face to face in our themed happening socializer.
Saturday 11th September: Indian breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. You will be provided with names and details of all candidates at the beginning of event on 11th September in the form of a printed book. We cover coffee, tea, snacks and other conveniences as possible to make your journey as pleasant as possible.
Opportunity to meet other candidates who are serious about finding a life partner is included. A true life changing opportunity.
And due to social distancing we are only allowing 250 guests ( which is 45% of the conference room capacity.) Please sign up if you are interested, we expect that this event will sell out faster than expected. If you have any more questions, feel free to call or text Harsh ( Rishta Coordinator) at 6468251553
What is the last day to register? Can I just register a week before the event?
Rishta NJ is the largest matrimonial event in the USA. But due to social distancing, we will only be open to 125 ladies, and 125 gents. As soon as this number is reached, registration will automatically turn off. 

As of 7th July 2021, we are 35% full with 2 months to go.

You can register up to August 7th or until the above numbers are reached. Honestly if you are going to do it, don’t wait — the 250 candidate seats will fill up fast! We know so many individuals who are planning to attend, and don’t want to quarantine alone in the next pandemic. 
What is your refund policy due to sickness or Corona virus fears?
We strongly urge you to get insurance with your flights and hotel bookings. If you cannot make it, we will not be able to refund the fee to you as your name will already be printed in the book. But if you get trip insurance, they will cover your flights and hotels ( $500 coverage costs $25… no brainer https://www.allianztravelinsurance.com/)
Can my parents attend?

We usually don’t encourage it, because parents will not be able to enter the conference room where candidates are meeting each other. However, if they will be staying at the hotel and need to join candidates for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner then we will accommodate their food for Saturday for $100/pp. This is payable by Cash of Check at the registration front desk. Please text us at 6468251553 if you are a parent, or your parents will attend. This way we can make enough foods available for you.

What is your alcohol policy and rude behavior policy?
Alcohol beverages will not be allowed during the event. There is a bar on site, and alcohol beverages are not allowed to be removed from the bar. If you are found to be tipsy, under the influence of alcohol, or carrying alcohol to the event, you will be removed from the event.

If you are found to be rude to another candidate, a volunteer, or disrespectful to the event, then you will be asked to leave the event immediately.

There will be  at the event for enforcement of these rules. We treat each candidate like our sons and daughters, and will not tolerate any misbehavior. 

Have more questions? 

Coordinator: Harsh Vyas (646) 825 1553

URF Rishta Committee

Leena Bhatt (201) 240 3788

Dipti Vyas (973) 932 9109 

Dr. Sunil Parikh (732) 822 9787

Rushabh Mehta (201) 214 6296 

 

email: Rishta@unitedrudrafoundation.com

We thank the below sponsors helping us spread the word!

Rishta is organized by United Rudra Foundation (Non-Profit 501(C)(3) of NJ).

OUR COVID MITIGATION STRATEGY
URF will follow all CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of participants and volunteers. We also understand the need for the event to help candidates find a life partner and weight this risk against the ability to mitigate Covid relates risks. Here is how we plan to have a safe event.

1.) Social distance : Our ball room capacity is 575, and we will only allow 250 candidates and 15 volunteers to enter the ball room.
2.) Mandate Vaccinations for all attending the event. We will check vaccination cards. A photo or the actual card works.
3.) Provide adequate sanitization, and personal sanitizers to ensure safety of surfaces touched.
4.) Promote the use of facemasks while indoors.
5.) Host part of the event outdoors in a parking lot if needed (weather permitting).