JDate’s mission is to match like-minded Jewish singles, in what can be called the modern-day ‘shidduch’ (old school Jewish matchmaking; think Fiddler on the Roof). JDate is responsible for an impressive 52% of Jewish marriages which started online. With a focus on those looking for long-term relationships, this probably isn't the site for you if you’re someone looking for a casual fling. JDate is suitable for use by gay or lesbian users, although we didn't see any options to include both genders, for bisexual users.
Profiles and photos reviewed by JDate staff
Large variety of search filters
Some non-Jews join the site
Mainly for long-term relationships
Dating pool outside of London can be limiting
It should only take a few minutes to complete the signup process for JDate. Users will be prompted to answer some basic questions including gender, location, and relationship status (divorced, separated, etc). A few more in-depth questions regard education, occupation, appearance, level of observance and lifestyle. Once the questionnaire is finished, you will be asked to submit a valid email address and password before browsing member profiles on JDate.
There are additional steps users can take to build a more complete profile. This is recommended because the more you share, the easier it will be to find a compatible match.
These added steps are:
Upload photos - You can add up to 12 photos. All photos need to be approved by a JDate staff member. Users with pictures receive up to 10 times more profile views!
Set match preferences - Decide what matter most to you in a potential match. Set your preferences carefully and let JDate work for you. Preferences include: age range, gender, location, lifestyle tendencies and religious observance.
Subscribe to JDate - Without paying for membership, you won’t be able to communicate with other members.
The JDate profile is versatile and users can add information about themselves and make changes as they see fit. Additional short essays can be added by those who feel they want to include more about themselves. You can also select up to 12 pre-written interests to display on your profile.
As mentioned above, in order to communicate with other members, you will need a paid membership. The longer the plan, the less you’ll pay per month.
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Personalized match suggestions are updated every day. You can see them on the site and choose whether or not to receive notifications via email as well. The matches are based on the preferences set during the signup process and can be adjusted at any time.
JDate has a large variety of search options. Beginning with a basic search, users can filter by gender, age, location, and profiles with photos. Search results can be further narrowed down with more detailed filters including lifestyle tendencies, education, level of observance and appearance. Finally, there is a search by keyword to enable you to find exactly what you’re seeking.
There are many communication tools available on JDate, ranging from e-cards to a one-line “flirt,” and of course the more common instant message or video chat. The “secret admirer” feature lets you find out if your crush is interested in you.
The “Kibbitz Corner” is a forum in which a new question is posted daily. You can choose to answer and use it as a conversation starter. For members looking for more ways to meet in person, JDate also runs live events including mixers and volunteer activities.
Members can enjoy a host of features including a blog, magazine, message boards and even a synagogue directory. If this isn’t enough, JDate has added matchmaking features like a color-coded personality test. The results of this test help JDate match you with compatible members.
Security is taken very seriously at JDate, and the extensive privacy settings allow you to have complete control over your profile as well as who you’d like to interact with. So you can relax knowing that your personal data is safe.
Review each and every profile and photo uploaded by members
Provide detailed guidelines about dating safely online
Provide attentive customer support 7 days a week.
Keep your personal information together with all information that is displayed on your profile secure within the system.
Listen to you - if you feel the need to report a member for any reason, the customer support team will take all reports very seriously.
“Found the love of my life thanks to JDate. Don’t know what I’d do without her!” - Lenny
“Still unsure about the site. I’ve met a few nice guys but not Mr. Right yet. Can’t say I’d recommend the site to friends.” - Melissa
There is an extensive help area on JDate’s website where you should be able to find answers to most commonly asked questions. Live support is also available 24/7 via live chat or email. The customer support team is quick to respond and quite helpful.
Created with the Jewish single in mind, JDate matches you with compatible people so that you can find love. JDate’s expert matchmaking, detailed search filters and dedication to Jewish singles, make it a top choice for Jews looking to connect.
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