Thousands of Jewish singles visit JDate every day. Having said that, most of the members live in major metropolitan centers in the U.S., even with an international membership base. All manner of practicing and non-practicing Jews also frequent the site, and when signing up, you'll field detailed questions about your daily routines and beliefs. Read on for more specific details about JDate, or if you've already used the site, scroll down to share your experiences.
Overview From JDate
"JDate's mission is to strengthen the Jewish community and ensure that Jewish traditions are sustained for generations to come. To accomplish this mission, we provide a global network where Jewish singles can meet to find friendship, romance, and life-long partners within the Jewish faith." ~ from the JDate.com main page
What a Membership Includes
JDate offers a huge list of features for all of their members, including Flirts, chat, forums, listings of Jewish-related events, television shows, dating advice from a Rabbi, eCards, hot lists, the ability to see who else is online, and a newsfeed full of related events and information. Member videos, basic chat, and real-time audio are only available to their paying members.
Members can decide who sees what part of their profile, which can offer some privacy to folks wanting a bit less information shared with the masses. Search for other singles by location, gender, sexual orientation, most popular profile, newest members, and almost every aspect of a person's online dating profile, and then decide if you want to see the grouping in a list format or as an image gallery.
JDate has customer service experts ready and waiting by phone for your questions 24/7.
For those wanting to meet and interact with other singles outside of the online environment, JDate lists local events and excursions for Jewish singles, and organizes trips and events for their membership as well.
As part of 'tikkun olam,' Hebrew for making the world a better place, JDate lists volunteer and religious outreach opportunities for members to better their communities.
JDate costs the same as many of its sister sites under the Spark Networks umbrella. A basic one-month membership costs $36.99 a month. Paying for three months at a time lowers the monthly cost to $23.99, payable in one lump sum of $71.97. Six months further reduces the monthly fee to $19.99 with a $24.99/month cost after the six month period ends, with a total owing of $119.94 in a lump sum payment. Finally, the six-month premium JDate membership costs $21.99 with a $27.99 monthly fee after the six months end, with a lump-sum payment of $131.94 for the six months. JDate also adds state and local taxes where applicable to all payments.
Non-paying members can sign up for JDate.com, create a profile and search for other members, but they cannot access their inbox, send messages, chat, or read the forums. Premium memberships offer all the benefits of a regular membership, plus ranking above regular members in all searches and a highlighted profile so that your membership stands out from everyone else's.
JDate accepts credit cards online and by phone, as well as checks and money orders by mail. All memberships automatically renew at the end of the subscription term, so make sure to leave yourself a note at the end of the payment term so you can renew manually or cancel the service.
The Bottom Line
All in all, JDate offers specialized features not found elsewhere in a religion-based dating site, with a ton of members to choose from in many locations - although users in some smaller communities might struggle to find a match. The site is recommended but try the free trial first to ensure there are enough members in your area for the subscription price.