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Just last week, your grandmother was at Dr. Finklestein's office for her regular teeth cleaning and Sarah, the dental hygenist, told her all about her nephew who just met the nicest Jewish girl on JDate. Can you believe it? You know, you should really try JDate. You're not getting any younger, you know. Enter the modern-day Jewish fairytale: Nice Jewish boy meets nice Jewish girl on JDate. They have a beautiful Jewish wedding, a couple beautiful Jewish babies and live happily ever after.

And now that JDate is going mobile , we can carry the fable around in our pockets. Well, take it from someone with more online dating experience than she is comfortable admitting, JDate is not the magical matchmaking entity it appears to be in these contemporary fables. In fact, there are quite a few pitfalls of JDating that your grandmother probably doesn't know about.

I know this because I am a JDater and I feel like the time has come to add a more realistic voice to burgeoning myth. One of the biggest draws to dating Jewish besides the pressure to make your parents happy is that Jewish people are thought to have similar values, which is generally thought to mean that dating, marriage and child-rearing will be easier. And while there is some truth to the idea that there are some commonly held Jewish values Tikun Olam, education, etc , others are not always a given.

Like feminism, for example. As more and more of us are using dating websites, more and more of us are being honest about using dating websites, and that has led to some interesting conversation. In the feminist blogosphere, there has been lots of discussion about the challenges of dating as a feminist. Jaclyn Friedman's interview with Amanda Hess seemed to be the catalyst that got everyone talking.

Most of the conversation centers around heterosexual dating though I would love to hear some thoughts on the subject from a non-hetero perspective and the general consensus seems to be that it can be difficult to bring the "f word" to the table. A few weeks ago I was having a lovely instant message conversation about values with a guy I met on JDate. We were excited to find that we did share quite a few values and seemed to be on the same page about many things.

I figured this would be the right time to say the four magic words and see if I could make him disappear. It only took a minute or so of awkward cyber-silence for him to excuse himself and close the chat window. How much sooner would he have left if I had said that I did not want kids? I have learned that just because someone is on JDate does not mean they are going to share my values, especially as a Jewish feminist. Another pitfall of JDate is the dirty truth that not all users are "nice Jewish girls and boys.

But just like any other dating site, JDate has its fair share of weirdos and perverts, which speaks to a point I made earlier about the misconception that all Jews are good or trustworthy. Just because Jewish grandmas love JDate doesn't mean its users are on their best bubbe behavior. I've come across stalkers, flashers and fetishizers. Even fairytales have trolls. I'm not saying everyone on JDate is a creep, but it would be foolish to assume that JDate would be safer or more wholesome than any other dating site.

Now, I don't mean to be too down on JDate. As your mother, grandmother, aunts, and dental hygenists have told you, there are quite a few success stories. At this point, many of us know a friend, or a friend of a friend, who met their bashert on JDate. I'm not trying to kill the dream, but perhaps remind everyone that JDate is not a magical matchmaker. It's an online dating site like any other, populated by regular people and all their flaws. You may very well meet your future wife or husband there, but you will probably have to wade through quite a few schmucks to get there.

As for me, I try to maintain a realistic optimism. After all, there ARE feminist Jewish men out there. Last week I met one on JDate. I don't think JDate is the magic solution for Jewish singles. It's just one venue, along with Match and others. Anyone who thinks JDate versus Match or eHarmony are better - not so sure about that. I have creeps and pervs on all of those sites.

Including Jewish ones. I feel that chatting, IMing or texting before meeting in person should be kept to a minimum. Often, people get incorrect impressions from it. If you live in the same city as the potential match, meet up with him ASAP. THEN discuss your innermost thoughts. Hello, I'm your Fantasy Date tonight. Nice to meet you. I must say, you are very attractive. In fact, you are considerably more attractive than anyone I have ever gone out with. Thanks for saying so. I am also well-groomed and I smell good.

Are you on a dating site? How did you find me? It's beshert! Nah, I read your terrific bio online. Your pictures are really cute and your fake age is easily believable. And, I'm a feminist. What about you? What do you like to do in your free time? Hey, I am your Fantasy Date. Our interests, politics and outlook on life are absolutely compatible. Besides, I'd much rather pretend to be interested in what you have to say.

Well, um, er. I like you a lot already. This is turning out very well. Did you have anything in mind to do this evening? Dinner and theater? I'm thinking either sushi or Middle Eastern. Then, would you prefer a big downtown musical or a little off-loop storefront production? I have heard great things about both. If you prefer, we can stay home. I'll cook dinner, then we can make out. Even JDate isn't magic, of course. Still, I know of no other place where I can more conveniently find more single Jewish women to meet or not meet.

What I really want to comment on are feminist Jewish men. I am one. To me, "feminist" is not a scary word. Frankly, I judge anyone who is not. I think we all should believe in equality for men and women. I think Jewish men are far more likely than the general male population to be feminists. I don't have stats, but it stands to reason. First, most Jewish men have much less of a certain barrier to contend with -- machismo.

Not that there are no macho Jewish men esp. But machismo to a Jewish man comes from outside, not inside, his Jewish culture. Second, if we are at all in touch with our Judaism and, frankly, even if we're not we were raised with the Jewish notions that women have rights -- Jews got that idea way before others. Oh, and you gotta know that Jewish men are far more likely to want not just be comfortable with, but actually want an intellectual woman! After numerous girl friends - Jewish and not - have assured me that online dating is fine and dandy and not the end of the world, I succumbed to their convincing and joined Jdate.

After less than 24 hours of using it I would like my money back. While my issue isn't, to me, outrightly a feminist concern, it does worry me that there seems to be a lot of mismanaged expectations. I hope my expectation of finding someone half-way "normal" isn't included In my part of the country, JDate has had the same seven men for the past five years. Which means the female JDaters in this city have all dated and given up on the same seven guys. Twice I've watched women newly introduced to one another sit down and start small talk over, "So, you JDate?

Well, what did you think of so-and-so? Thanks for the insight on JDate and your experiences.

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Dating in your 30s is a nightmare, Jewish dating is worse, and a Jewish woman in her mids looking for a husband is over the hill. If you have not glanced over and your eyes locked with the man of your dreams or at least your interest and you start dating you are relegated to the world of online dating, matchmakers and friends setting you up. There is an overload of articles on the perils of dating, online dating, less, however, on Jewish dating. Considering the problems with intermarriage especially among the millennial generation and the recent matchmaking, Shidduch Crisis, one would think more has been written about the subject to help navigate through the unique problems marriage minded Jews face. Like every other issue in the Jewish community, it is swept under the rug and glossed over. If there is anything written they are geared to those in their twenties who are in shidduchim or who still can be involved with youth groups, whether at university, the local synagogue or through Israel trips and would find it easier to meet a nice Jew to date and settle down. What happens to those in their thirties, who are increasingly isolated by the community without being married and raising a family? Answer be forced to take anybody or you are a lost cause. For Jews living in both the religious and secular worlds, their problems of dating in their thirties are doubled.

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Until now. As online dating becomes more tech-savvy and complex, Jewish dating is following suit. And with the rise of these new interactive options—some more salacious than others—comes an important question: Is all of this kosher? JSwipe, a mobile app that was released in April, is similar to the popular yet questionable app, Tinder. With just the swipe of a few buttons, the location-based software finds other Jews who are using the program nearby. With the options of liking or passing on matches based on a small profile picture that appears, the user helps narrow the dating pool in his or her current geographical location.

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