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Halpern ran the beta version of the website for about two weeks last month. “People that are desperate for a site like this are willing to date anywhere,” says Halpern, “…Unless they’re from New York.” The SYAS team got some positive feedback from beta testers, but it’s too early to see if love has struck. Halpern has put about 220 people on a waitlist, and received emails asking when she’s going to launch the website (She doesn’t know, yet. And for gay, trans, asexual, whatever you are that makes it difficult to use traditional dating sites in your quest for Jewish love, Halpern is happy to help.
Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at [email protected] We review every profile on our Jewish dating site and approve only those we feel are accurate and relevant to our members, creating an exclusive community of Jewish singles serious about meeting the right one.Jzoog is an online Jewish dating website and iphone app exclusively for Jewish singles of all denominations including Orthodox, Traditional, Conservative, Reform.“The intersectionality of Judaism and queerness is a really tough space,” she says, “Because a lot of queer circles are also very radical politically and that makes a lot of Jews feel excluded.” So, Saw You at Stonewall is more than a dating site—it’s a space for Jews to be fully queer, and for queer people to be fully their Jewish selves.While the site may change a great deal between now and its official launch (no date set yet), Halpern wanted to address a lot of issues that come up for LGBT Jews when designing SYAS.
The site’s name is a combination of popular Jewish dating site Saw You at Sinai, and, of course, the Stonewall Inn/riots, since it targets those in the middle of the Venn Diagram of Jewishness and queerness.