"It wasn't easy for me because I was a little reserved," said Janice Mandelberg, a couple of months after the wedding to Michael. I think that intimidated me a lot." The Mandelbergs also have a younger brother still in college, and they sometimes joke that they would be three-for-three if he also marries someone from JDate. ' JDate also serves to provide a critical social outlet for those living in places where the Jewish population is thin.In cities like New York, the term JDate has come to be regarded as an obvious place for unattached Jews to look for mates.Self-described nice Jewish boys Michael Mandelberg and his brother, Josh, both found their future wives on JDate within months of each other, shortly after they had finished school and returned to their native Los Angeles.
Yet none of these people had joined, or even visited, an online dating service.
They all used Internet chat rooms, where they found that regardless of what the topic of discussion was supposed to be, it always seemed to turn to matters of the heart. Success on One specialized site that has had particular success is JDate.com, part of the Match Net network of dating sites, which has helped Jews from Los Angeles to Jerusalem find Jewish partners.
Rick, a 26-year-old aspiring musician, is engaged to a woman he met through the Internet.
Andrew, a 22-year-old waiter, found something else: a long-distance relationship with a Florida woman, who revealed only after several meetings that she was married.
Michael, a 25-year-old who works in marketing, said he first learned about the site from his older brother when he was in medical school in San Francisco, where he was not meeting a lot of nice Jewish girls.