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.
Sally & Larry
How did you meet? What was your first date like? Give us all the details!
Sally and Larry met on JDate on May 18, 2006. We just celebrated our 10th anniversary of that event. We chatted immediately, and a couple of days later went out to a restaurant, hit it off fantastically and started seeing each other on a regular basis. Unfortunately for JDate, we were only members for a short amount of time, because we decided to close out our profiles after only a couple of weeks of our first meeting as there seemed no reason to be dating other people. We were married in early 2008 and remain happily together ever since! Our profiles satisfied both our mutual checklists closely, but what really enticed us was the fact that we both grew up in Chicago, even though we each resettled in the Washington D.C. area many years ago and remain there. Sally’s screen name was Windy City Sally. In our first phone chat, we determined through Jewish geography that one of Larry’s best friends in elementary school had moved to Evanston and was a buddy of Sally’s in high school. Turns out, there were other connections as well; it is possible that our fathers may have been poker buddies before they married our mothers in the late 1940s!
Describe the moment you knew it was true love!
It was definitely mutual infatuation, at least, from the get-go. By the time we went on a beach trip a couple of months later, we knew we were in love. However, we decided to wait at least a year to make sure we were right, meet each other’s families and decide on where to live and other important decisions. We actually had two marriages (in early January 2008) because Sally’s rabbi and temple were in Washington D.C. and we lived in the Maryland suburbs. This saved us some hassle to have a civil ceremony at the Courthouse in Rockville, Maryland and a religious ceremony at the temple the next day.
What advice would you give other JDaters?
Don’t wait too long to meet in person if you think there might be a connection. You can only get a limited amount through email and reading profiles. Also, profiles are a good way to exclude possible matches for what are obvious deal-breakers, but are only occasionally a useful way of determining who may be compatible.
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