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Services such as hers Jewish Quality Singles are erasing the geographic boundaries that once isolated Jews, she says.
Those who date online, particularly women, are often willing to move far from home even to other countries for the right person.
But instead of stopping with the typical questions about appearance, personality and life goals, the Jewish sites ask about participants' level of observance (Reform, Conservative, Orthodox); whether the applicant keeps kosher; whether the person is Ashkenazi (of Eastern European descent) or Sephardic (Spanish or Arab descent); and how often they attend synagogue.
The answers are usually accessible to fellow members and visitors alike, but only members have access to e-mail addresses.
Jeff Trost, who moved to Dallas four years ago from the East Coast, turned to Jdate last June at a friend's suggestion.
He had just gotten out of a seven-year relationship whose demise was due in part to religious differences with a woman who wasn't Jewish, and he resolved to find someone who shared his beliefs.
She said the people she knows who try online dating typically do so if they haven't been successful with Profiles, the Jewish Community Center's bricks-and-mortar dating service. Jdate, considered the largest such online site, surprised even its two Israeli creators by gaining more than 110,000 members in the three years since it was created, says Jdate spokeswoman Kathrin Nolan.DALLAS (Knight Ridder/Tribune) June 1, 2000-- In March, Sally Mazer decided to move from Dallas to New York, where she thought it would be easier to live as an Orthodox Jew and find a mate who shared her faith.She met her basheret, soulmate in Yiddish, and moved, all right, but to Baltimore. Jdate.com, a Los Angeles-based online Jewish dating service.C., and, most recently, Anchorage, Alaska, to meet the Jewish men she's made contact with through online dating services but not before running criminal background checks on them first."I think anyone should give it a shot, but they should just be cautious," says Utay, 54.