A significant segment of online dating is made up of faith-based dating sites. It is quite interesting how these sites have taken on many of the roles of traditional matchmaking resources. Jewish dating sites were one of the first to invite users to make connections from their own community and today one of the most popular among these is Jewish Mingle.
Jewish Mingle is directed at meeting the relationship needs of Jewish singles from around the world. Unlike sites like JDate.co.uk or JDate.co.il, this site does not restrict itself to any particular country even though most of the users appear to belong to the US, Israel and other countries with significant Jewish population. Here men and women belonging to Judaism can look for partners for friendship, dating and long term attachment like marriage. However the options seems restricted to straight relationships and does not include same-sex love The site was launched in 2001 and even though there is no mention of its number of registered members, it appears to be quite high on popularity ratings among Jewish dating websites. Like other dating sites of the Sparks Network, Jewish Mingle allows users free registration.
All you need to do is to answer few details about yourself like your gender, your body type, your height, eye and hair color, ethnicity, education, occupation and lifestyle habits like smoking, drinking, marital status and attitude on children. Part of the basic registration requires you to answer which denomination of the Jewish faith you belong to since this is a specifically Jewish dating site. The questions are rounded off by information on your exact geographical location, date of birth, full name and your email address which the site claims is kept confidential. After you register with the site with login details, you are directed to the profile creation page. This includes several segments ranging from those which share information about you, your values and aspirations in life to your expectations from a partner. If you want to put up a detailed profile, you can contribute with small essays on various aspects of your relationships, interests and lifestyle. Finally all you need to do is upload as many photos as you want to accompany your profile. The site offers various options on how you can do this; you can either upload your photos from your computer directly to the site, email them to the site in case you have a slower net connection or even sent them through the post to be uploaded by the staff. All photos must be of you and modestly clothed which in effect means that no revealing pictures or non-personal images are allowed. Most pictures will be approved and hosted on the site within a 48 hour period after your submission, unless you mailed them, in which case the upload is dependent on the length of mail time.
While Jewish Mingle offers its users almost the same features as other sites of the Sparks Network, what contributes to its popularity among Jewish dating sites is its clean, attractive look as well as a range of interesting, interactive features all of which add up to a wholesome and enjoyable experience for the members. The site welcomes you with a hearty Shalom as soon as you open it which immediately makes you feel comfortable and eager to explore more. While you are getting registered, you have the option of having your profile highlighted on your birthday, an apparently minor but a really thoughtful gesture on the part of the site offers to all members who only have to tick a check box. Also though lengthy, the process of profile creation is fun to go through since it includes various interesting facts about you. You are invited to contribute your views on certain genres of entertainment like music, movies, outdoor activities and hobbies. Then there are text fields after each question to let you specify your favorite bands, actors and so on. There are also questions about your punctuality, whether or not you're trendy, as well as your ideas of a great trip, a first date, good food, political leaning, and various such nuggets of information. All these details not only heighten a member’s interest in the site, in the end it actually increases their chances of coming across exactly the kind of person they are looking for. Then again there's a quick disclaimer in the process of registration that there is to be no sexually oriented or profane material in a member’s profile or in their onsite communication so as to keep the atmosphere clean and comfortable for all. Finally Jewish Mingle has a couple of compatibility tools which go a long way in helping members to find the perfect match. One is them is the Ideal Matching system which lets you pre-determine who you want to find as well as who should be able to find you. These preferences can be shown on your profile and compatible matches can then be emailed to you. You can also fill out a Color Code personality test and see who's compatible with you based on that.
Jewish Mingle , like other sites of its league has all the basic viewing, searching and communicating options. All members are allowed to view profiles, photos, photo albums and those who have viewed them.
Browsing options include basic ones like searching by age, gender and distance as well as more detailed ones like username, relationship status, education, body type and lifestyle habits. You can also perform any of the two photo-based searches – one that randomly pulls up photos and the second that collates them into galleries. Finally there is an interesting ‘Think You’d Click’ feature which anonymously lets you gauge a profile’s interest in you.
At Jewish Mingle once you become a paid member you have access to a variety of communication options ranging from email, instant messaging and real time chatting. However free members can still send flirts, smiles and ecards as a way of showing their interest in a potential match.
Standard membership is free at Jewish Mingle and allows you to make use of all viewing and basic browsing features. Paid membership is known as Premium Membership and comprises of three plans – monthly at $19.99, quarterly at $41.97 and semi-annual at $59.94. For an additional sum, you can also subscribe to special features like Spotlight and Standout. The former makes you the featured member on the Homepage while the latter highlights your profile in certain kinds of search results.
Overall Jewish Mingle scores over similar Jewish dating sites with its bright, uncluttered look and interactive features which make online dating a welcome experience for its members.