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JDate, the leading dating Web site catering to the Jewish community, has been selected as an official honoree in the 12th annual Webby Awards, otherwise known as the "Oscars of the internet," CNN reported Thursday.

The dating Web site was honored in the social networking category out of more than 10,000 entries submitted from 60 countries.

"The Webby Awards honors the outstanding work that is setting the standard for the Internet," said the executive director of the Webby Awards. "JDate's Official Honoree selection is a testament to the skill, ingenuity and vision of its creators," he said.

According to the Jdate Web site it is the premier Jewish singles community on the Net. The site claims responsibility for countless marriages and claims to be the undisputed leader in Jewish dating.

Jdate offers a variety of different services, including email, instant messaging, private or group calls, video chat and message boards.

"We are proud to provide a site for Jewish singles looking for serious relationships with likeminded singles," said Greg Liberman, president and COO of Spark Networks, the owner and operator of JDate. "Our unique offerings, both online and beyond the browser, have resulted in countless member success stories and our reputation as the #1 community for Jewish singles."

The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Established in 1996 during the Web's infancy, the Webbys are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities.

The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes members such as musicians Beck and David Bowie, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, political columnist Arianna Huffington, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, R/GA Founder and Chairman Robert Greenberg, Virgin Atlantic Chairman and Founder Richard Branson, and The Weinstein Company Co-Founder Harvey Weinstein. Members also include writers and editors from publications such as The New York Times, Wired, Details, Fast Company, Elle, The Los Angeles Times, Vibe, and WallPaper. The 11th Annual Webby Awards received over 8,000 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 states and generated over 750 million media impressions worldwide.

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