Today, as interfaith marriage rates are on the rise, rabbis are taking new measures to help their congregants meet Jewish singles.
One-third of American Jews are intermarried and almost 50 percent of Jewish newlyweds worldwide are marrying non-Jews. Locally, however, those numbers are significantly lower. The 2000-2001 Metropolitan Chicago Jewish Population Study found the intermarriage rate of Jews in Chicago to be 18%.
To address the concerns of this growing trend, more and more rabbis have been purchasing subscriptions to JDate, the leading Jewish singles online network, on behalf of their single congregants, and now the site is offering special packages to work within the rabbis’ budgets and meet the needs of their congregation. Singles who sign up through their congregations can receive a discount, and some rabbis are even paying for the subscriptions themselves out of pocket.
“We are excited about the prospect of working with rabbis to spread the word about JDate and help Jewish singles meet, date, and marry other Jewish singles in order to ensure Jewish traditions are sustained for generations to come,” said Gail Laguna, JDate’s vice president of communications.
Thus far, no Chicago congregations have signed up for the deal.
JDate has been responsible for many Jewish marriages and for introducing couples who might never have met without the help of the JDate network. In fact, more than 20,000 Jewish singles have found their beshert through the site.
For more information visit www.jdate.com.