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Picky, Picky: How Author Amy Webb ‘Gamed’ JDate to Meet Her Match

A Q&A with the woman who created a 72-point list for the perfect guy — and corralled him.
02/07/2013 - 19:00
Special Correspondent

Amy Webb, author of the newly released “Data, a Love Story: How I Gamed Online Dating to Meet My Match” (Dutton Adult), is a nice Jewish girl who got sick of going on lousy JDates.

Amy Webb

An IDF Vet Finds Love

Quote Source: 

"You are not disabled in your heart.”

Yenta Helps Single Jews Find Each Other Through GPS

When I received an email from Luba Tolkachyov, the co-founder of a new Jewish singles app, I was intrigued. Luba wrote, “I’ve been following your writing on Jewish Tech and thought you may be interested in Yenta, a new location based mobile phone application for Jewish singles.”

Like a virtual matchmaker, the Yenta mobile app locates like-minded Jewish singles in a crowded room.

How Mark Met Becky

10/09/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

He’s a Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, but still takes orders from his mother.  “Mark,” she said, “You must ask out Becky – she’s Jewish and cute; she’s a physical therapist; and she has dimples.”  How did his mom know about Becky Rosenberg?  “She noticed her on my Facebook page,” replied Mark.

Mark Schwartz and Becky Rosenberg celebrate their first anniversary next month.

“Buddy, Can You Spare a Grand?” Why Fundraisers Get Nervous Asking for Money

08/14/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 My 11 year old son Jacob has no problem asking for me for money. Whether it’s for a new Star Wars Legos set that is priced above rubies or for a new video game so that he can learn to snowboard like Shaun White (in the warmth of our basement), he easily and eagerly asks for cash to meet his ever-changing wants and needs. No embarrassment, no hesitation.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

How Leon Met Joanna

04/01/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

“My mom encouraged me to join JDate,” says 33-year-old Leon Smulakowski, an amateur weight-lifter, who can break an apple in two with his bare hands. 

The last day of his subscription to the dating site – he was going to cancel – he saw Joanna's profile. “It was her beautiful smile that attracted me,” says Leon.  He messaged her.

Joanna Sirlin and Leon Smulakowski, married June 12, 2011.

A Whack To Remember

If you were in shul today, as on any Rosh Chodesh, you may have heard the distinctive sound of a gabbai or chazan's hand whacking the bima immediately prior to the Amida (or Shemona Esreh). At many shuls this sound is accompanied by a verbal reminder to add the Rosh HaShanah prayer "Yaaleh b'yavoh," or in many cases the sound itself is meant to be a self-explanatory reminder.

This got me thinking about how this intriguing and efficient concept can be applied to other aspects of synagogue and Jewish life. Here are some humble suggestions:

The Waiting Game

How’s this for a bummer of a realization?

I cannot, through sheer force of will, cause the heavens to send me a man.

Another Potential Boyfriend - Down the Drain!

“You just met someone!” the woman said to me with the kind omniscience only possible in dreams.

I told her I had. I was excited!

“Well, he is going to make you sad!” she said.

Another Potential Boyfriend - Down the Drain!

“You just met someone!” the woman said to me with the kind omniscience only possible in dreams.

I told her I had. I was excited!

“Well, he is going to make you sad!” she said.

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