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She says many of the featured mensches did land dates after the calendar came out.Including surrounding areas of Sunnyside, Seacliff, Brisbane, Broadmoor, Daly City, Tiburon, Sausalito, Colma, Belvedere, South San Francisco, Emeryville, Oakland, Marin City, Strawberry, Alameda, San Bruno, Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, Tamalpais Valley, Berkeley, Albany, Piedmont, Pacifica, there are over 4,478 members and growing every day.Some singles prefer to pursue romance the old-fashioned way: on a blind date or over a dirty martini at a darkly lit mahogany bar. This San Francisco alumna, along with a friend, dreamed up a scheme worthy of a Mel Brooks production to meet Bay Area Jewish men. To broadcast a call for eligible and preferably hunky San Francisco Jewish singles to feature in a 2012 “Mensch of the Month” calendar.By Katherine Seligman In an age of click-and-date, of fix-up apps and web sites, of TV romance carnivals such as The Bachelor, there is Judith Gottesman.Gottesman, a UC Berkeley psychology graduate who holds a master’s in social work from Yeshiva University in New York, is an old-fashioned matchmaker in a new age.