JDate Review – A Jewish Dating Site

JDate is a very popular niche website.

The J stands for “Jewish” although you will find both Jews and non-Jews on the site.

It is primarily Jewish certainly, and its mission is “to strengthen the Jewish community and ensure that Jewish traditions are sustained for generations to come.”

They describe themselves as “the premier Jewish singles community online” on their front page.

I know several Jewish couples who met on JDate, and you will find both practicing and non-practicing Jewish people on the site. When signing up, members are asked many questions about their faith including about beliefs and daily practices to aid in finding compatible matches.

JDate Home PageNow with that said, why would a non-Jew be interested? Well, for starters, many non-Jews like to date Jews. As a friend said to me, “Do you like well educated smart women?” and of course I answered yes. I have only joined as a free trial member so far, but I do love the site and its features, as several of my Jewish friends who are members have also commented.

Last time I checked, there were nearly 20,000 members logged on all at once. Now that is a large number, however they are spread all over the world. Some people have commented that if you are not in or near a major metropolitan area you may find very few remotely local matches.

JDate is not a free site, no surprise, but there is a “free” option. Like most other sites (except OKCupid and POF), the free options is not really functional but allows you to look around and see how many local potential matches there are. You cannot however send or receive messages, access the forums, or chat without a paid membership which is fair enough.

Chats, videos, forum, real time audio, dating advice from Rabbis, lists of Jewish related events and much more are included. They also organize as well as list local events.

What does it cost? Well, let’s say that membership is comparable to other dating sites, no surprise as it is owned by the Spark Network, which owns over 2 dozen other sites including ChristianMingle, BBW Personals Plus (for LARGE people), Deaf Singles Connection, and Catholic Mingle.

Of course pricing can and will change, but a single month is currently slightly less than US$40, 3 month memberships average out to slightly under US$30 a month, and six month memberships to slightly under $20 a month (a popular option).

JDate is a great site with wonderful features. Of course there are also other Jewish dating sites available, like JewFling, PerfectMatch, Jewish Café and Jewcier, but JDate is currently the largest.

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2 Responses to “JDate Review – A Jewish Dating Site”

  1. Genevieve says:

    I really like how you can search based on daily practices (or lack of them) and how they help keep the Jewish community together

  2. Bob says:

    I’ve used JDate happily and successfully and I’m not Jewish! However I grew up in a Jewish community, and in general (it IS a stereotype) Jewish women and well educated, intelligent, attractive, and family oriented – what’s not to like?

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