JDate is a social networking site that matches singles in the Jewish community. The website has received both positive and negative reviews from users.
On the one hand, many users believe that JDate, like any Internet dating community, opens doors for people to find the perfect companion from anywhere. Dating in real life can be tough for everyone, especially for people who are balancing work with an active life. Many people lack the time and energy to go out and explore new social circles. Plus, the task of approaching a potential date can be daunting. JDate helps people find a partner with like-minded Jewish values. You can be more efficient in your dating by screening JDate for people who match your interests and needs. Even connections that do not become romantic can evolve into lasting friendships.
At the same time, JDate receives its share of complaints. The biggest complaint is that people have felt disappointed on their dates, reporting that potential mates posted misleading and outdated photographs. Many users express that the search results include profiles that have not been updated or checked in years. Some profiles are even scams created by fake users.
If you live in an isolated or rural area, you may need to expand your geographic search preferences. Many people express that JDate is a more effective dating tool for people who live in a major metropolitan area.
In any case, as with all online dating, many people believe that JDate is similar to real life. You have to pick and choose people to find the ideal person. Even in real life, you might encounter people who lie about their profession, age, and personal information. As with other Internet dating services, it is important for JDate members exercise caution and be as honest as possible. If someone looks too good to be true, he or she probably is. Make sure that you exercise sound judgment.
How It Works
There are two membership levels: free and premium. Free users can create profiles, post pictures, search members, reply to instant messages, and send virtual "flirts." Premium subscribers have access to the free services in addition to email, chat, and access to an internal messenger service. Other features include the ability to video chat using webcams and the ability to keep a list of favorite users.
When users show mutual interest in one another, they will each receive an alert. These matches encourage users to initiate communication.
JDate profiles are designed with questions that are of interest to members of the Jewish community including diet, form of Judaism, and synagogue attendance. Through the site, people can collaborate with like-minded individuals to organize community activities, including trips to Israel.
JDate has been operational since 1997. The site is owned and operated by Spark Networks, a company that owns many demographically focused dating sites such as AmericanSingles.com, BlackSingles.com, ChristianMingle.com, and LDSMinger.com.
The JDate community includes people of a variety of ages and backgrounds. For the most part, people are looking for casual dating, serious relationships, and marriage.
When you search for users, you can specify your desired age range and gender. You can also filter results based on family status and desired status.
JDate members are from the Unitd States, Canada, and Israel.
JDate is a community for people who are looking to date within the Jewish community. People of any race, nationality, background, and religion can join to search through profiles for a Jewish or non-Jewish partner.
The free membership allows users to create a profile with personal information that includes email, birthday, gender, location, and relationship desires. You can list your physical information with your height and weight in addition to your lifestyle and religious preferences. You can add up to four photos and answer questions about your background, ideal relationship, and perfect first date. You can see who is online, create a list of favorite users and send flirts to show that you have an interest. With a paid subscription, you have access to additional communication tools such as IM, email, and audio.
JDate features a variety of other resources including videos, holiday calendars, directory of synagogues, magazines, and blogs.
A basic membership is free, and a premium membership range from $24.99 to $36.99.