But they don’t have to be Jewish.” A recent story in the New York Times reported that online niche dating sites like JDate, which emerged in 1997 and at its height had hundreds of thousands of users, are on the decline.According to Spark Networks, which now owns JDate, the number of paid subscribers to its Jewish networks (it also recently acquired the dating app JSwipe) declined to around 65,000 last year from about 85,000 in 2012. It’s so over,” said a single woman in her early 40s at a recent Chabad happy hour for young professionals.Now that I’ve been cuffed, I am officially recognizable to all the others in the club as one of the “cool Jews getting together to meet other Jews and have fun” (or so says Jewbilee’s Facebook page description).
At the top of her profile, she clearly states her “Jewish only” interest.“I’m here to meet someone,” said one partygoer who requested anonymity.“Let’s face it: It’s hard to find Jewish men who want to settle down.And I can’t remember the last time I’ve donned a neon wristband.
Despite all this, here I am, sipping an expensive cocktail amid a sea of young Jews schmoozing around a dance floor.
They feel similar to that same mindset from Jewish camp, where the prized campers are the ones who meet at camp and got married and now have a plaque on the wall at the dining hall.