“I want someone to light candles with me every week, so I don’t have to do it alone,” she said.
She does use JSwipe, which connects users’ profiles only if both parties have swiped “yes.” This model differs from JDate, which, as a website, acts more like a passive library of potential suitors.
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.
But they don’t have to be Jewish.” A recent story in the New York Times reported that online niche dating sites like JDate, which emerged in 1997 and at its height had hundreds of thousands of users, are on the decline.
At the top of her profile, she clearly states her “Jewish only” interest.
She said she’s committed to dating Jewish because she is heavily invested in her Jewish identity.
The event I’ve just walked into is Jewbilee, proclaimed the “hottest monthly party for Jews in their 20s and 30s.” Jeremy Doochin, one of the organizers, has set his beer on the table between us so he can snap the glow stick around my wrist, turning it into a bracelet.
Now that I’ve been cuffed, I am officially recognizable to all the others in the club as one of the “cool Jews getting together to meet other Jews and have fun” (or so says Jewbilee’s Facebook page description).