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Even Abikzer admits her success with JSwipe may be somewhat of an anomaly.
In contrast, JWed—formerly known as Frumster—positions itself as a dating site for “marriage-minded” Jews.
The mobile app, created in 2014, pushes one suggestion at a time to members—profiles are usually heavy on photos—and they can swipe right if they are interested, or left to pass.
If both people swipe right, it’s a “match” and they can begin to chat through the app.
Though Molly and Joey are Orthodox and in their thirties, they had not even one mutual Facebook friend.
Not surprisingly, technology has affected how people meet and date—and the world is not immune to this drastic shift. JSwipe is one of several online platforms Orthodox Jewish singles use to meet.
They have not taken to online dating, as they are less comfortable with Internet use overall; although he adds, “Even Chareidim use dating sites like Saw You At Sinai as they get older, when they feel they have used up the pool of people they know.” Rachel, who considers herself “Yeshivish,” is a divorcee with three children who lives in Brooklyn.
Sarah is a nurse in her thirties who lives in a small Midwestern city.
She uses JWed and has also been a member of Saw You At Sinai, an online platform that connects members with matchmakers who scour the site’s database and make suggestions of potential . “I prefer to use JWed and have personal choice in who I’m connecting with,” she says.
“I was done swiping in a few minutes.” Now, says Ahuva, who lives on the Upper West Side, JSwipe is being used by quite a few of her friends.
“There’s less of a stigma attached to dating apps.” While many single people agree that platforms like JSwipe inject an element of fun into online dating, there is skepticism within the Orthodox community whether a “swiping culture” is likely to nurture focused relationships leading to marriage.