In April 2014, appropriately during Passover, David Yarus founded what would soon be known as the Jewish Tinder. JSwipe, now owned by JDate, has quickly become a popular dating app for Jewish singles.
Before we met JSwipe, we’d never seen a dating app where a Star of David smiles at you (right swipe) or frowns (left swipe). Then when you match up with a cutie, you enjoy the best part: a celebratory hora dance and Mazel Tov!
Profiles on JSwipe are almost identical to those on Tinder, with one exception: you list how you identify (i.e. Orthodox, just Jewish, willing to convert, etc.) and whether or not you keep kosher.
If you’re looking for a nice Jewish girl that grandma’s guaranteed to love, you’ve come to the right place. There’s no shortage of them on JSwipe. But there are a few crucial things you 100% need to know before you use this app…
The Pros And Cons
Like every dating app we review, JSwipe has it pluses and minuses:
If your dream girl is Jewish and you live in or travel to large metro areas like NY or LA, give the app a try. But be patient – using a niche dating site or app usually takes a little longer to get results due to the limited number of users. We recommend combining JSwipe with a more mainstream app like Tinder or online dating site like Match.com or JDate.
What People Are Saying About JSwipe
For the most part, the app has been favorably received in the Jewish community. Amy Shire, a writer and former reporter, spent a week on the app and spoke at length with friends using it as well. “[It] definitely gives off less of a hookup vibe than others,” she said. “Almost everyone I spoke to said they have used JSwipe because they are specifically not just looking for a booty call.”
Couple Samantha Rudnick and Michael Brand found “love at first swipe” on the app, and got engaged six months after they both swiped right. App founder David Yarus said he created JSwipe to bring people like Samantha and Michael together:
“I don’t literally think you’re going to swipe and be in love, but what we try to do is bring the most efficient, effective way of meeting eligible and interested Jews or people who celebrate the Jewish culture in your community or worldwide,” he explained. “We’ve had … literally hundreds of stories about relationships, several engagements and one or two marriages so far.”
Should You Pay To Play?
Downloading and using JSwipe is free. Each user gets one “Super Swipe” per day, a concept similar to Tinder’s Super Likes.
You can upgrade to “First Class” for $18/month. This premium service includes:
- Boost – shows your profile twice as often
- Optimize – reviews your photos
- Passport – the ability to change your search location
- SuperSwipes – get 5 SuperSwipes and one SuperNote per day.
Depending on where you live, it may or may not be worth it to upgrade. If there’s not a lot of users in your area, save your money and hedge your bets by using JSwipe in conjunction with other dating apps or online sites. But if you’re facing a lot of competition in a big city like NY, the extra Super Swipes may give your profile a needed boost.
How’s It Work, Anyway?
JSwipe is beyond easy to use. First, register by signing into your Facebook. Next, choose between just Jewish, orthodox, traditional, conservative, reform, willing to convert, and other for the “Identity” section. Then clarify whether or not you are Kosher.
That’s technically all you need to do to get started, but we recommend filling out your whole profile to increase your chances of meeting women. JSwipe allows you to post 4 photos and fill out a short description section.
Even though you have 4 photo spots to fill, don’t upload any old picture just to fill a quota. You could have 3 amazing photos, but if your 4th one makes her question your life choices, guess which one she’s going to remember?
Don’t shoot yourself in the foot with a bad photo – sticking with two strong pictures is better than using 2 good ones and 2 mediocre or bad ones.
If you’re not sure which photos to choose, have your female friends rank them from most to least favorite. Assign each one a point value for where it was in the ranking, then add up the total point value for each photo across all the rankings. The lower the score, the better the photo.
Get as many rankings as possible – data-driven decisions usually get the best results. You can accomplish the same goal (and avoid having to bribe all your with friends a drink) by posting the photos to an online ranking site like PhotoFeeler.com.
For even more tips about how to choose the best dating photos, click here.
Next up is filling out your profile. It’s short, just like on Tinder. Taking the time to write a few paragraphs could pay off if your photos alone haven’t convinced her to swipe right. And a witty, engaging profile that makes her laugh will make her want to know you better, and more importantly – return your message.
Since the women on JSwipe are, as a general rule, a classier bunch than what you’d find on Tinder, put some thought into describing yourself and your lifestyle. Think of your profile as a marketing campaign – pick out your best features, then highlight them.
For instance, if you’re an adventurous guy who enjoys travel, write something like this:
“Meandering through Barcelona’s open air markets. Exploring Rio’s lush jungles. Touring the vineyards of Italy. You’ll rarely find me watching the Travel Channel on TV – I’m too busy experiencing it all firsthand. Next up: taking a dip in Iceland’s hot springs. Care to join?”
Your competition will say “I like to travel” – your profile shows that you enjoy it. Show is always more interesting than Tell. Don’t sound like every other guy on the app, be creative!
For even more tips on how to write a short profile with a big impact, check out this article.
The Fastest, Easiest Way To Meet Your The Jewish Girl Of Your Dreams
If you’re new to online dating and don’t know where to start, or you’re too busy to spend time writing a profile, choosing photos, and messaging women, then you need a dating consultant.
Our dating experts here at ViDA can help you decide which dating sites and apps are right for you, set up your profile from start to finish, and even handle the back and forth messaging. All you’ll need to do is review your matches and meet your favorite ones on a date!
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