She is now dating a half-Jewish man she met through Jdate, but notes that his involvement in Judaism isn't as strong as hers. "His family celebrates Christmas and no Jewish holidays." For some, however, using sites like JDate as a dating resource is not part of a targeted search for a Jewish partner.
Donald Toner, for instance, began testing the online field after a breakup, but religion had no bearing on his decision to join JDate this past summer.
"I broke up with my girlfriend in April and my housemates said 'You were happy when you were dating, you have to start dating again.' I was around the house all the time," Toner said.
Toner, 26, signed up on about 10 dating Web sites--including personals, lavalife.com, singlesnet.com, and JDate.
When Jennifer signed on to JDate.com, an Internet service for Jewish singles, she had a certain guy in mind.
The 29-year-old school teacher, who asked that her full name not be used, said she's always been attracted to Jewish men who embody the stereotypical intellectual, neurotic, brooding, Woody Allen type.
It's much more difficult for people to remain culturally Jewish when there's so much interaction between Jews and non-Jews.
I feel this is really one of the very few outlets where Jews can find other Jews to date and to marry." The situation even came to the attention of advice columnist Randy Cohen, who writes "The Ethicist" column for The New York Times Magazine.
But while he's not "aware that there are any segments of the non-Jewish population that are specifically seeking a Jewish partner," Mayer said that "Jews have a fairly good reputation as marriage material." Often, non-Jews who log on say their interest lies beyond finding a Jewish mate.
Like other women, Misha Mitchell, who also goes by the screen name "Shiksa," likes the characteristic dark features of many Jewish men, but she said her connection to Jews and Judaism goes beyond physical or personality preferences.
But what of the Jewish singles who register at these sites hoping to bring a nice Jewish boy or Jewish girl home to the parents for the holidays?