JDate is a very large Jewish dating site that has thousands of members online at any one time. Unfortunately, most of the members live near metropolitan centers in the US, so if you are in a rural area, you will have a much harder time finding someone within a reasonable distance. The site has a number of questionnaires for your profile that ask about how much faith plays a role in your life, what your daily life is like, and what you believe.
The goal of JDate is to specifically strengthen the Jewish community and to make sure that Jewish traditions are maintained for generations to come. But it is not particularly stringent in its membership, not requiring that you be a practicing Jew to join.
JDate as many of the standard features that you would expect from a top dating site, including Flirts, forums, dating advice from a Rabbi, a newsfeed full of related information, and chat rooms. It has an extensive amount of that content available to free members, with paid members gaining access to member videos, basic instant messaging, and the chat rooms.
You can select which parts of your profile you can display publically, which is very helpful if you want to keep many things private and not available on all dating sites. The search feature is robust, allowing you to search for people by location, gender, orientation, or nearly any other aspect of a profile.
The customer service department is very helpful and is available 24/7. The website has good functionality and a pleasant interface.
If you want to interact with people outside of online, JDate keeps a list of local events for Jewish singles, and allows members to organize trips and events for the membership. JDate also lists volunteer and religious outreach opportunities for local communities, really emphasizing the communal nature of the website mission.
What Should You Expect?
JDate’s membership costs are very competitive—since it is under the Spark Networks umbrella the rate is the same as Spark. It costs $37 for a one month membership, but there are significant discounts for long-term memberships.
If you are Jewish and looking to meet singles in the Jewish community, JDate is the main site you should look at. It has a very large member base, particularly in metropolitan areas, and it has a good user interface and competitive features. It also has a unique mission to bring together a community, and to that end encourages members to socialize and hold events outside of the internet to grow bonds through their religious ties. On top of that, there is a lot of content available to free members, and monthly payments are reasonable.