JDate is responsible for more Jewish marriages than all other dating sites combined! But we’ve got more than just statistics to back it up. In our “Success Stories” feature, you’ll meet real couples who found love online.

How did you meet? What was your first date like? Give us all the details!

I had tried several other dating sites without much luck prior to a friend telling me about JDate. Having been born into a non-practicing Jewish family, I rarely went out with Jewish women (as in never), and when I mentioned to my friend who suggested JDate that I did not date Jewish women, she politely reminded me that I had not had much luck with gentiles, so why not give it a try. So, I signed up for JDate and had a few dates without much success. Living in a small town, (Deland, Florida) which has a practically non-existent Jewish population, I found myself either driving for hours to meet someone for dinner, or they lived on the other side of the world. Both scenarios were not something that I felt would work for me long-term.

Then, one day I came across a profile of a very attractive woman who lived 20 minutes from me (which was almost hard to believe), so I figured I would give it a try. I should have read her profile closer as I would have noticed her profession said “Tell you later.” Jacki and I agreed to meet for coffee/lunch on March 8, 2012 at a local coffee house, and it was magical. The conversation was great, and she was even more attractive than her photos. I proceeded to ask her what she did for a living since I could not recall seeing an occupation on her profile. Jacki told me that she was a Cantor in a reformed Synagogue in Orlando. After I stopped choking on my lunch (remember, I did not date Jewish women and I am now having lunch with a Cantor), I became curious as to the female ability to become a Cantor since she certainly was not what I remember any Cantor in life or movies looking like. Jacki’s background was music and theater, and she went back for her Cantorial Credentials years after graduating from Emerson. I was so fascinated in what she did that I wanted to attend Shabbat services, which I had never done in my life.

Jacki, not unlike me, had been married and divorced, and subsequently attempted other relationships that ended unsuccessfully. We had both (independently of each other) wondered if finding the right partner was going to be a hopeless endeavor. Fortunately, our wondering has been proven wrong! Jacki and I have not been apart since that initial date on March 8, and I have attended every Friday Shabbat service since then. In June, I decided for the first time in my life to join the temple as a congregant. Jacki and I just celebrated our third wedding anniversary, and I thank God and JDate (in that order … LOL) for bringing us together. Both of us have found life partners in each other and for me, the birth of a new spiritual awareness which makes all else that much more special.

Describe the moment you knew it was true love!
The moment she walked through the door.

What advice would you give other JDaters?
I was on every dating site prior to JDate. Keep your faith; there truly is a life partner for all of us, no matter what our past has been.

I like to say I/we “saved the best ‘til last.”

Did you find love online? Submit your story to share how you met your soulmate on JDate.


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