The online dating scene is a bit of a jungle, with people claiming to be who they aren’t (younger, mainly) and potential matches getting stuck in endless email conversations before ever meeting.
But with promising new sites launching all the time, it’s becoming easier to navigate the landscape and find the right fit for you, whether you’re looking for companionship, a lifelong lover or a fun date for the weekend.
Not because we had any sort of falling out, but because she was married with two kids.
For the time being, our lives were simply too different to be in sync.
While the people interviewed for this story represent a range of social and political affiliations, and the events they attend are various — from late nights at San Francisco dance clubs to bonfire Havdalahs on the farm in Berkeley, queer Shabbat services in living rooms and Hanukkah parties in backyards — a few things become clear: Despite the differences across social, religious and political spectrums, young Jews are showing up at Jewish events hungry for connection and community. In the Bay Area, home of the startup, the proactive do-it-yourself energy is front and center in the Jewish dating world.
While most say they are seeking a romantic partner (or two), they no longer look to Jewish online dating apps or longstanding Jewish institutions to create the social scenarios. Enter Jewbilee, a grassroots social event started six months ago by two entrepreneurial brothers that meets at different alcohol-friendly locations in San Francisco.
It's curated in a way that invites high expectations.
("Some people are afraid to say, 'I want to get married' in a profile. " says cyber-dating expert Julie Spira in one of her promotional videos.) However, the wrong kind of profile can immediately arouse suspicion.
Online dating has become so ubiquitous that it now seems more outré to meet someone the analog way — meaning at a bar or a party. Three of my friends met their sweethearts on Ok Cupid, and of those couples, two are now hitched.
Yet there's still a weird mystique around online dating — probably because it's a combination of two things that leave a bad taste in your mouth: cyberspace and old-fashioned matchmaking.
Here are our dating site picks for seniors, 2104 (see our earlier picks here).
We’ve tested the big sites, as well as some promising newcomers.
And I can’t remember the last time I’ve donned a neon wristband.