Jews, Dating, and Digits

Jews need love too– but some sure do have a funny way of going about finding it.

In Times Square hangs a huge billboard advertising JDate, a jewish-only online dating service. It’s like match.com, but for Jews.

Singles create profiles to describe themselves, their perfect date, and what they expect out of a relationship. They include pictures, yiddish phrases, and statistics including religious denomination and astrological sign to woo potential mates. Though users are asked for a user name, many men and women opt to use their unique serial numbers, a number assigned during signup, in lieu of a name to identify themselves.

Let’s read that again.

Though users are asked for a user name, many men and women opt to use their unique serial numbers, a number assigned during signup, in lieu of a name to identify themselves.

To boot, user numbers are unique, assigned, and permanent. You’d think for a cultural group so greatly affected by the holocaust, certain members would be more aware of the irony. 

At least you can change your phone number.

Notes: The author identifies culturally as Jewish. The author is not on JDate. Friends of the author, over dinner, noted that it was hard to remember girls that used JDate-assigned numbers instead of user names. The author remarked how funny that seemed in historical contexts. Laughter ensued. Promises were made to produce a blog post. The author makes no apology.

More: Spark Networks (LOV), the parent company of JDate, uses the same technology for other niche dating sites such as aptly-named Interracial SinglesBig Beautiful Woman Personals Plus, and Indian Matrimonial Network. These names are so wonderfully descriptive.

8 comments
nicejewishboy
nicejewishboy

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Riordan
Riordan

Actually, something like 11% of J-Date is non-Jewish individuals seeking Jewish partners. Clearly, someone wants to choose the Chosen.

Kath
Kath

When people (guys) ask me if I like children, I say 'sure, they're great with bbq sauce'.

Guess that's not the answer they wanted to hear.

Jeremy Tanner
Jeremy Tanner

I'm just looking for a nice Jewish girl who likes children and is able to be supportive of my obsessive shark hunt. (I'm shark_h8r on JDate)

Eric J
Eric J

there is that whole thing about the Hebrew alphabet having a number assigned to each letter and "Gematria" etc... although that's getting pretty close to cabbala bracelets

Kath
Kath

Oy vey!

(Former Catholic, current Jew by Choice)

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