Have you tried all the traditional ways to find someone special in California? I am well adjusted, although somewhat shy, I can be comfortable in almost any situation.
“There’s a stigma against bi people,” Halpern offers as an example of where labels can be limiting, “or some people hate the word lesbian.” Then, for religious observance and identity, there’s a checklist with options—lots of options: about kashrut, Shabbat, denominations, all with the ability to emphasize the importance of certain practices over others.This means you can send and receive messages, Chat, Instant Message, Blog, and Post in our wild but friendly international and California dating Forums without any costs ever. It’s unclear how many LGBTQ Jews live in North America, but assuming they’re proportionate for the population, and keeping in mind that the numbers grow smaller as we adjust for preferences—gay women, for example, want to date other women, not gay men—the options can be limited. It’s called “Saw You At Stonewall,” and while its mission is to set up LGBTQ Jews, by doing so it also brings to light specific issues queer Jews face when straddling multiple worlds.She grew up Modern Orthodox in Calgary, and went to High School in Toronto.While no longer Orthodox, she is still active in Jewish life, including an LGBT Jewish group in Montreal called JQueer.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.
For example, same as for straight Jews who are accused of ethnocentrism racism for wanting to in-date, queer Jews find they are often misunderstood.
This ties to one of the site’s other defining features: Sliding scales rather than labels.
In the beta, users selected on a spectrum, how attracted they were to masculinity, or to femininity, and did the same to romantic attraction (separating them out make the website inclusive to asexual folk).
Its founder is Joanna Halpern, who knows how frustrating it can be to try the usual options.
“It’s really difficult,” says Halpern, “You go on JSwipe, you swipe twice and you’re done.” Halpern is a gay woman who, fed up with limited dating app options, did what she and queer Jewish friends had been talking about for years: She made a site of her own.
But it can be difficult navigating the disparate worlds of her various identities.