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The website, founded in followed a predecessor called Dosidatelaunched in Between and it claimed to have matched members and announced its th wedding. In OctoberFrumster. JWed launched in as a white-label site, and shared profile listings with Frumster. The site had attracted criticism in for refusing profiles from people describing themselves as Conservative Jews. This article about a social networking service is a stub.
Brooke, 30, an Orthodox woman divorced for six years, wants a meaningful relationship that will lead to marriage, but that is proving to be a challenge.
Some even create fake profiles. Inbeing Orthodox no longer offers the security of ongoing community support, and for single millennials, finding a partner is a solitary pursuit. While Jewish communities still value marriage and family above all, the burden of coupling falls on the singles.
Quit dating, get married!
Yossi, 32, and Shira Teichman, 31, a married Orthodox couple from Los Angeles have drawn on their life experiences to create a technological solution to this dilemma. Together with life coach Shiffy,Lichtenstein, they are the co-creators of forJe a dating app for Jewish singles, like Brooke, who are seeking long-term relationships.
He bemoans the shallowness of dating sites that promote pretty profiles and impressive job titles over internal gifts. What happens if a guy loses his job, or he has a stroke, heaven forbid? The Teichmans share this view. We were meeting a multitude of people, but nothing was working. Once I started understanding myself, I realized my dating was changing already.
I was in a more powerful position to find the right partner. Positive feedback followed the early events. Out of 40 individuals at one of her first events, four ended up getting married. So, when Yossi entered the picture, the workshops became a shared passion.
After each event, the couple would distribute surveys, later reviewed by psychologist Rabbi David Pelcovitz, chair of education and psychology at Yeshiva University. Statistics in hand, a year and a half ago, the couple began serious work on forJe.
That information is then compared to the information provided from Facebook or Google when the user makes a profile. Once the app is satisfied that the individual is not a scammer, personal information is deleted and never shared, Yossi says. The need for such a high level of user safety is the result of an increase in catfishing, or the act of luring someone into a relationship based on a false online persona.
Sincenumerous websites like romancescams. In the last six months of alone, the FBI reported that 82 million dollars of money was stolen through such scams, as reported by the podcast Criminal. Fraudsters create fake profiles, get into an online relationship, and then ask for money. Rabizadeh says he is shocked to hear of religious married men saying they are single to pursue single women. But women interviewed for this article say it does happen. Brooke describes her worst experience — a man who created four different profiles and even changed the cadence of his voice when speaking on the phone as the various personas.
ForJe is taking these reports seriously. And the next step in creating a Free frum dating sites is also aimed at screening out fraudsters.
Users must answer a lengthy series of multiple choice questions. Every day, users are presented with up to three matches. The low of potentials is also there to encourage committed dating. There is no opportunity for rapidly judging the attractiveness of scores of photographs, a practice associated with other apps. Most dating apps today are not really dating apps. They are social media platforms and have all the features Facebook does.
They just want people to be addicted and stay in.
We are interested in you finding compatible matches. The app is potentially great news, according to Rabbi Mark Wildes, an Orthodox rabbi who founded and directs the Manhattan Jewish Experience, an organization where millennial men and women in their 20s and 30s can explore Jewish life and meet new people.
However, he cautions that young people overuse technology for dating — breaking up over text and not giving shy people a chance. Another challenge he has observed is that millennials have lost their faith in marriage. When it comes to the challenges faced by Orthodox singles, Rabbi Wildes thinks the answer may lie in grassroots matchmaking. We need to increase the pool of matchmakers.
Feeling a little gratitude that you found that special someone? Pay it back. But while Jewish singles wait for their married friends to set them up, they are finding ways to empower themselves. ing up for an artificially intelligent matchmaker is one way to do that. Another form of empowerment is taking a chance on love, says Orzel.
He believes the Orthodox single crisis can be solved by a collective change in attitude. So, to love someone, you must give to that person. Without giving, there is no love. In our dating life today, there is no concept of unconditional love.
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Suzanne Selengut writes feature stories about global Jewish issues and the arts. She is based in New York City. Home Share Search. Facebook Twitter. Give Podcast Subscribe. Image by Yossi and Shira Teichman. Image by Chaim Orzel.
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