A new service that matches Jewish immigrant singles from the United States before they arrive in Israel is being launched this week.
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The initiative, which could lead to a softer landing for newcomers to Israel who arrive without a partner, is being launched to coincide with Tu B’Av, the traditional Jewish holiday for lovers.
“Many young immigrants who have a passion for Israel and Zionism express a desire to connect with similar-minded people,” says Nefesh B’Nefesh director of pre-aliyah, Marc Rosenberg, whose organization has provided social services to some 35,000 immigrants from North America and the United Kingdom. “This dating site will provide a great forum to bring these people together.”
“See You in Israel” invites subscribers to create online profiles, including the things they're looking for in a mate, and assigns them a personal matchmaker who scours the website's database for a potential match and makes dating suggestions. Users can choose the singles they'd like to meet and contact them directly.
The website also serves Jews who have already made aliyah, as well as native Israelis.
Basic membership for See You in Israel is free, but to enjoy the full services of a personal matchmaker, which the website claims will find a match that's more likely to fit, users must pony up between $12.95 and $19.95 per month for a Gold membership.
The price is low compared to the largest and most popular Jewish dating website, JDate, whose membership fees range between $29.99 and $49.99 per month.
While See You in Israel has not yet opened its doors to subscribers, it hopes to meet - or even surpass - the success of its parent website, Saw You at Sinai, which boasts 892 engagements among members since its establishment in 2003.