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Not only are we less governed by the traditional guilt and pressures to marry in the faith, but American society is less anti-Semitic and gentiles like marrying us, too, including some members of U. political royalty (most recently Chelsea Clinton in 2010).
And yet we keep devouring the ever-increasing array of Jewish dating apps and sites and Facebook groups--why?
I don't begrudge anyone who married outside the faith.
Although you can filter for only Jewish options on many dating sites, and even denominations of Judaism on others, JSwipe's layout somehow made it all easier.In fact, while Ben actively seeks to date and marry someone who is Jewish, he sets his filter on JSwipe to cut out matches who are kosher, saying it was “too much of a lifestyle difference.”Here's the weird thing about being a non-Orthodox Jewish single seeking other Jews: you don't want to seem too Jewish, or rather, you want to convey the right level of Jewishness you want in a partner (or a hookup).“It's not necessarily something I'm exclusive about but I'd like to focus on dating someone who is Jewish,” said Victoria Reuveni, a 27-year-old Jewish sexologist in the Los Angeles.“It's not necessarily a deal-breaker, but it is kind of a top priority.”Anecdotally, Jewish millennials, especially ones that aren’t traditionally Orthodox, are wildly heterogenous--and their dating app desires change with one’s mood.Marriages were not so much about romance as making suitable pairs and making sure Jews stayed with Jews and kept the small and heavily persecuted population alive. Marrying another Jew was not just a personal simcha (joy), but one for the community.
One would think these same concerns would not influence Jews, especially Jewish millennials of 2014 who tend to identify less with Judaism than previous generations.A sad-faced orange Star of David flashed across the i Phone screen as we swiped left on “James” (not his real name).