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Jdate.com Review

JDate.com is the premier dating website for Jewish people to find one another. For those that are not Jewish, but looking to find a Jewish match, JDate is the place. Site membership is free, and all users the chances to browse and send “flirts” to prospective matches; paid memberships are available for as low as $20 a month. The site has been around since 1997, back when cell phones were the size of bricks, and social networking barely existed. Over the last 17 years, JDate has built a solid reputation for itself. JDate has always held the top position as far as Jewish dating sites, in spite of a growing list of competitors, vying to be the chosen one.

How it works

JDate is an easy to navigate site with a friendly social-networking feel. You can see when users are online, and a list of potential matches also reveals which people have viewed you, and which members have “hot-listed” you. JDate has a handful of signature search options. All members (free and paid) have access to these features.

With the secret admirer feature, each profile has the option to click yes, no, or maybe. When the yes is mutual, this information is made available to both parties, but if it is not a mutual yes, this info is kept confidential, hence the name “secret admirer.” For those that are feeling bold, there is also the option of adding members to a “hot list” which notifies them that you wouldn’t mind sharing a bottle of Manischewitz (Jewish wine) with them.

Jdate Home Page
Jdate Home Page

All members also have access to sending free “flirts” which are witty one-liner greetings. Some choices are typical valentine greetings like “I’d love to get to know you,” while an entire category is devoted to Jew-themed greetings, like “I like you lox and lox.” You can search JDate by all of the typical search questions- age, appearance, occupation, hobbies, etc. JDate also includes religion. Members of different religions are included in the site, though the majority of users do tend to be Jewish.

Because there are so many different denominations of Judaism, JDate offers a comprehensive search that allows clients to find a specific match, whether they are Orthodox, Reform, or part of any other group. Though many approach Judaism from a devout religious standpoint, there are plenty who claim the title of “culturally Jewish.” This is another group that JDate caters to with their search options.

For those that find dating to be too intimidating, or those that want some fresh options for meeting likeminded singles, JDate offers many different events. Its page advertises singles mixers, speed dating, and even group trips to Israel. And for those needing reassurance that JDate brings happy couples together, the JDateTV tab will bring you to JDates YouTube account, featuring several video testimonials of successfully matched J-daters.

Membership

JDate offers a few membership options. First there is free membership. Free members may browse the site, use JDate’s chat rooms, send free “flirts” to matches, see who is viewing their profile, and receive instant messages from paid members.

Paid memberships are offered at different levels; $39.99 pays for one month, but several packages are offered to make rates as low as $19.99 per month. Members have the benefit of sending and receiving instant messages, sending mail to the inbox of their matches, and special profile placement.

The Good…

Access to related events- trips to Israel, Jewish-speed-dating, etc.

The Bad…

Free members must wait for a paid member to message

And The Ugly

Might not be the best site for casual relationships

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