Yet the idea of Israel's religious law accepting LGBTQ couples is still a distant pipe dream.
Ron Yosef, an activist who founded the Israeli LGBTQ organization Hod for religious Jews, told he knows Eran but has mixed feelings about his matchmaking project.
The site's founder, who goes by the name Eran, reportedly started the underground website after a Facebook post he wrote seeking a platonic wife went viral last year, inspiring friends and strangers alike to contact him in search of a similar relationship.
It appears these people acknowledge their LGBTQ identity isn't a "phase," but want to stay in the closet nonetheless. I made a list and even set some people up," Eran said to "But, as the requests multiplied, I decided that it was in everybody's interest to make a framework for it and give people a place where they could find the kind of relationship that they're looking for." People on Eran's site have wildly diverse expectations for the arrangement, ranging from an open policy on extramarital affairs to users, like "Seeking Truth," who wrote this message: "I'm looking for a woman who doesn't want to follow her orientation, but rather wants to make a real and Jewish home.
A site called JDate exists exclusively to bring Jewish singles together.
It has the usual profiles and photos of members, but this site also lets participants specify whether they keep kosher, how often they go to synagogue, and what branch of Judaism they grew up in.
It tends to attract people who are serious about religious observance, although levels of dedication vary.
These online dating sites are making romantic Jewish matches every day.
To send personal messages, it is necessary to upgrade to a paid plan.
A percentage of all fees goes directly to tzedaka, or charity.
The number of free Jewish dating sites online have exploded in recent years.
There are sites for all ages and for all streams of Judaism.
We spent the whole day there, taking in the sights, enjoying the happiness and feeling of freedom.