Founded in 1997, JDate is the leading online Jewish personals community and online dating site. JDate is designed for Jewish individuals who are looking to find love within their community and to do it in a simple, straightforward manner.
Sign Up Process
Signing up for JDate is relatively simple. Members are asked to answer a few personal questions and to upload a photo of themselves. Members will also be asked to fill in a short, straightforward personality and preference questionnaire before completing sign up. Profile questions can be revisited and edited after the signup process is complete.
Member Diversity and Quality
JDate prides itself on the integrity and the quality of its members, as well as its privacy and secure online dating policies. Users from all social stratas and religiosity levels can be found on the site, with user profiles outlining whether they are reform/conservative/orthodox, if they want children, and education level.
Though JDate is tailored for Jewish members, users from alternate faiths seeking a Jewish partner can also be found there.
Functionality and Features
Members can also use the Secret Admirer Feature, which allows them to view other members’ basic profiles and pictures and to discreetly find out if an admired member admires them back. JDate also has a large community base with public chat rooms and message boards where members can just chat and get to know each other in a more casual setting.
JDate’s also boasts interesting compatibility features such as the Kibitz Corner and the Color Code Personality Test. At the Kibitz Corner, answer a daily question to tell members more about yourself and catch someone’s attention with a witty response.
Their Color Code Test helps you to gain personal insight while forming a deeper understanding of your potential matches. At the end, each member will be assigned a color which signifies their personality traits in order to help them create stronger and more meaningful connections.
The only drawback where JDate is concerned is that free members cannot message or respond to other members unless they subscribe to the site. However, subscribed members will enjoy advanced features such as highlighted profiles.
JDate has a very high success rate compared to many other dating websites. Although there hasn't been much new data in recent years, JDate published that of all American Jews who got married in 2008, 63% of them had used JDate. They also claim to have more matches than both Match.com and eHarmony, two sites that are giants in the online dating world.
Safety and Security
JDate is committed to providing the utmost safety and security for its members. Each new member profile is carefully reviewed by the JDate team to ensure authenticity and guard against inappropriate content.
JDate members can choose with whom to share their profile, can see who is viewing them and can keep track of who they have viewed with the site’s "You’re Checking Out..." feature. In the event a fellow member harasses you, JDate’s customer support team will investigate the issue and take the appropriate actions to resolve it.
JDate's customer support team is available 24/7 by phone. You can also email them or contact them via regular parcel post. Unfortunately, no live chat is available for users at this time.