JDate is an online dating service intended for Jewish singles. The website does not limit membership to Jewish individuals; however the features and design are geared primarily towards this specific demographic. JDate offers users all the typical dating service features, such as messaging, chat, and profiles. The user can add as much detail as they like to their profile as well as photos. Users who create an account can view JDate videos, read the Jewish holiday calendar, visit the synagogue directory and check out the JDate blog and Jewish magazine (the site’s online publication). Through JDate, users can find others with similar religious beliefs.
JDate was created in 1997. It is a part of the Spark Network which is based out of Beverly Hills, California. The current Spark Network team includes CEO Adam Berger. Many other dating themed websites are a part of this large network, including Black Singles, Hurry Date, Interracial Singles, Catholic Mingle, BBW Personals Plus, Single Seniors Meet, Single Parents Meet, LDS Mingle, Christian Mingle and Spark.com.
The main reason JDate stands out is the site’s focus on the Jewish community. Although users can practice any faith, the site allows each member to add information on their religion. The community is focused on Jewish singles, but enables members to find others who have similar beliefs. For example, users can find others who have very traditional Jewish beliefs or mingle with those of other faiths who are willing to convert.
The JDate website welcomes users with a collage of happy couples. The website users a soft blue and dark purple color scheme that gives it a very mature appearance. Newcomers can find more details at the bottom of the homepage (tucked under the large image collage). Overall the website is very well organized and has a mature appeal that would be more likely to attract a slightly older age group.
New members can join the JDate community by clicking the purple and white “Browse for Free” button found near the center of the homepage. The user is asked for their gender and the gender of the partner they are seeking. The second step asks the user for their zip code and country information. A drop down box appears asking the user to select their city. Next, the user is asked to select the type of relationship they are looking for (friendship, marriage, a date, activity partner, long term relationship, etc.). The user is also asked to provide their current relationship status. The form continues on asking typical questions, such as whether the user drinks and smokes. JDate also asks questions related to religion, such as whether the user keeps kosher.
Anyone can join the JDate community for free. There are no subscription fees or other financial obligations for doing so. The user can browse profiles as much as they like. If the user finds someone they are interested in, they can convert to a paid membership which allows the user to send an instant message or email to the person of interest. The website charges approximately $30 per month when the user pays for three months at a time. A six month option is also available that lowers the monthly price to around $20.
JDate offers users an opportunity to meet singles in their area. The website is ideal for those who are of the Jewish faith, although it is not restricted to this group. JDate provides a number of helpful features and allows users to browse for free.