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Porn4Jews is not what it sounds like. It’s an entertaining blog with clever photos and memes poking fun at Jewish dating stereotypes, and the blog has received excellent reviews from The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and The Jerusalem Post. Porn4Jews was co-founded by actress and writer Sarah Rosen and photographer, cinematographer, and designer Tom Stokes in 2013. Due to the popularity of Porn4Jews, Sarah wrote a book called Kosher Porn, which is now available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles.
We spoke with Sarah to find out more about Porn4Jews and her future plans.
How did you come up with the idea of Porn4Jews?
It was inspired by my own dating experiences. I was a recent college grad exploring dating in NYC for the first time, and I noticed that my taste in men was pretty notably Jewish. I loved it when guys I went out with spoke Hebrew, were close with
their somewhat overbearing families, felt connected to Israel, and so on. I think there’s this stereotype that the older generations are the ones trying to force a Jewish match onto their more assimilated children and grandchildren, but I found
that my very traditional tastes were coming from me. I thought faux‐sexy memes with Jewish‐themed pickup lines was a funny juxtaposition — and a creative way to celebrate the irresistible appeal (at least to me) of Nice Jewish Boys and Girls. I thought it was funny that my idea of “porn” was actually just a guy reciting the blessing over the challah.
What led to your creation of your book Kosher Porn?
I hoped that the blog might turn into a book — I thought it’d be a fun gag gift or an unconventional way to spark conversation at a Shabbat dinner. The blog got a fair amount of press, and that attention helped me find a literary agent. A book deal came a few months later. Taking the photos of twenty‐something Jews for the book was so much fun — I recruited friends and random people I met at Chabad Shabbat dinners to pose for the photos. We even traveled to Israel to find cute Jews to photograph! It was a hilarious and awesome way to find a Jewish community.
What are some of your most popular posts?
What are your favorite posts that you have done?
These are two of my favorites because to me, they ring so true:
What is some of your most memorable fan feedback?
Once, a Chabad rebbetzin (wife of a rabbi — very religious) pulled me aside to give me a relatively scandalous joke idea — she said “I think this caption would be really funny but you can never tell anyone you got it from a rebbetzin!”
What Jewish celeb(s) would you have pose if you could choose?
Andy Samberg is my dream model. But maybe just because he’s my dream man as well. And Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer from Broad City. Those are three of the funniest Jews I can think of — and what’s sexier than that?
What can fans expect from Porn4Jews in 2016?
We’ll see what the year brings! Kosher Porn was inspired by the courtship part of dating; I have a new project on Instagram that’s inspired by a different part of romance — breakups. It’s called It’s So Over (@itssoover) and it’s a series of illustrated breakup limericks. And obviously a ton of them are about Jewish breakups, because, you know — write what you know!