I recently joined a site called Jretro Match. This site differs from traditional dating sites in that they assign you a matchmaker who is responsible for sending you matches. The matchmaker is supposed to base his or her matches on some semblance of perceived compatibility, but in reality, it's your standard "you have a penis, she has a vagina so you should go out" system. I've seen Jretro's billboards on buses so they have money to spend on advertising. Unfortunately, none of those marketing funds are being spent on the design of the site since it looks like something my grandfather's synagogue would put up, if they ever decided to go online and post prayer times. It's typical Jewish shlock. It's got that kosher deli with dirty tables motif, without any of the charm.
So I sign up for their free plan just to give it a try. Within a two week period, I get all of one match that's so not even close to what I said I was looking for that I pull my profile. When I saw the picture of the "match" they sent me, I was actually even insulted that my "matchmaker" thought that this woman and I were compatible. Maybe it was just a bad picture, but she looked like Abe Vigoda with eye shadow.
I figured maybe the matchmakers weren't making much of an effort on my behalf since I wasn't a paying member. So I decided to contact my cousin who is a paying member of Jretro's parent site, "Saw You at Sinai," a site that provides the same type of matchmaking service as Jretro for orthodox Jews. The name stems from the belief that all Jews met their respective soul mates at Mount Sinai when god gave the Jews the Ten Commandments, and that these soul mates are now being reacquainted on this matchmaking site. So my cousin allowed me to log into his account to see what kind of service this company provides its paying members. As I looked at his "matches," I could only think that the name of the site should be changed to "I saw you at Sinai...And I started to gag then too." My cousin is what would be referred to as a modern orthodox Jew, and they were sending him women that looked like extras from "Fiddler on the Roof." These are women who want to cover their heads after marriage, and not have TVs in their homes. My cousin is as open to that type of lifestyle as I am. These "matchmakers" clearly make us much effort finding matches for their paying members as they do for their non-paying members.
So to Jretro and Saw You at Sinai I say,"Shame on you!" And to Jdate I say, "Here's my credit card for another month." Oy!