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Australia was their proving ground, where "j-junction" has been operating since 2006 with 11 marriages to its credit. A site called "Saw You At Sinai," established in 2003, also combines matchmakers and a database.
But SYAS founder Marc Goldmann, who gave his computer model to the nonprofit J sites and has a financial stake in them, says there are a few crucial differences.
"Their matchmakers are spending a tremendous amount of time with each individual," Goldmann said.
He added that the J sites attract Jews from the nonobservant to the very observant, while his site is geared toward the Orthodox.
By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service (RNS) Before you meet your match, you've got to meet your matchmaker.
That's the new strategy of a group of rabbis who are launching a different kind of Jewish dating website called the "J sites" -- JMontreal, JMiami, JBoston and, coming soon, JNew York, JLondon, JBerlin and JHong Kong.
Saw Youat Sinai charges about half that, and JMontreal costs a minimum of a month.
JDate is also more welcoming to gay Jews, asking whether clients are seeking men or women.
Wise Miller investigated, and found that the man was nervous about prying or offending.
She gently suggested that he could pose weightier questions, and the dating continued.
J site organizers say they won't turn gay Jews away, but the sites' algorithm isn't set up to accommodate them.