It’s no question that modern Jewish singles are facing dating challenges that their parents and grandparents could have never anticipated–in the world of Snapchat and speed dating, how can two people find time to spark a real love connection? Even so,¬†today’s generation is falling back on Jewish values, combining our beloved tradition with modern technology to create a dating world that’s all their own.

We teamed with Jewish dating app JCrush to reach out to individuals from different countries, discovering that no matter their nationality, Jewish singles are answering back that Judaism is important in a big way.

Tamir Grant:

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How important is it that your future spouse is Jewish?

For me this is paramount. I was brought up Jewish, went to a Jewish primary school, went (when dragged) to shul with my dad and brother, was bar-mitzvahed and hope to get married under the chuppah. My fondest childhood memories are Friday night dinners at family friends, having the chicken soup, the roast chicken and rice. Jewish festivals such as Rosh Hashanah, Pesach and Chanuka all involving family, warmth, togetherness. I would want that for my children and as the faith is passed down through the mother I would want my children to be Jewish by having a Jewish wife. I am by no means an observant or religious person, but for me Judaism is not just about belief in God, but about culture, history and an unspoken connection between a fellow Jew.

I would want my kids to experience the same things I was so fortunate to experience as I grew up.

How does modern dating differ from what your parents experienced?

This is something that has been playing on my mind for a long time now. If we compare my parents’ experience to mine there are few similarities and many differences. The world is a smaller place now, where we are able to meet people from all over the world. This is good as it enables us to have greater choice. But with that there is always that ‘the grass is always greener’ effect meaning people are not always 100% certain and always looking for the next best thing even if they have something great right there in front of them.

People talk about how superficial dating has become now with dating apps. But when you break it down there’s not much difference between seeing someone online and someone at a friend’s birthday. You still look at them and decide if you are attracted. But the difference comes from the information available online – you are seeing a person according to what they believe is their best attributes. They pick their profile pictures, give you their first name, age, likes, mutual friends. Whilst at a friend’s party you just have them in the flesh. Some people like to know a little information before making the dreaded approach. Others like to find out information organically – by asking questions and interacting.

The clear benefit for online apps is you do not have to endure the rejection that is inevitable when going about in the wild jungle that is the Jewish singles scene. But I have learned through experience that if you don’t ask you don’t get and the worst thing that can happen is they say no, or they are busy washing their hair that day, or they have a boyfriend.

Lee Yari:

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How important is it that your future spouse is Jewish?

It is very important to me that my future spouse is Jewish. The Jewish tradition and customs are a big part of who I am and how I was brought up. It is vital to me that my kids will be brought up the same way. And I want them to be Jewish, of course…Even though I am not sure about those Jewish mother-in-laws ūüėČ

How does modern dating differ from what your parents experienced?

Modern dating is so much more efficient. First of all- no more blind-dates. You can look at pictures of your date before and easily decide if there is some attraction (considering the photo is close to reality). Besides, you get to know a lot more about the person you are about to meet, what she likes or doesn’t like, which is a great point to start off from, don’t you think?

Kelly Dahan:

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How important Is It to find Jewish guy?

For me, it’s important to have the same religious principles if we want a good relationship as a couple.¬†Finding the right Jewish guy is essential because in everyday life being with someone who has the same beliefs as yours will make your relationship last as long as possible.¬†Moreover, it’s our duty to keep a Jewish spirit in our lives.

Has JCrush helped you meet Jewish matches better than traditional dating?

The problem is that nowadays it’s more and more difficult to meet people in daily life. JCrush is just another way to make it easier! It can help the shy one to meet other people for example. It’s quicker and more efficient than traditional dating. She likes his picture, he likes her picture, they begin to talk, they feel good vibes, then have a date! Easy and simple!

To meet the featured singles above and find more potential Jewish matches, log onto JCrush here!

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