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|Sean Garrity • 9/06/17|
The Short Version: SawYouAtSinai operates with a simple, noble mission — to bring Jewish singles together with their one and only. Since 2003, the site’s personalized matchmaking services have played a role in creating millions of connections and thousands of relationships and marriages. SawYouAtSinai offers more than a typical dating site. The platform individualizes the online dating experience by combining the latest technology with its team of experienced matchmakers who zero in on potential matches between more than 30,000 members. This hands-on approach means no browsing through endless profiles — the site’s 300 dedicated matchmakers do the legwork to pair you with the right people. Through these services, along with events, such as Shabbat dinners and weekend getaways for young professionals, SawYouAtSinai has brought back the tradition of the Shadchan — the Jewish matchmaker — and is empowering couples to form lasting bonds.
The soulmate — it’s an idea that dates back thousands of years and spans many cultures, and the Jewish tradition is no exception. The sacred text The Midrash says every Jewish soul stood at Sinai with his or her match when the Torah was given to mankind, and it’s part of life’s challenge to find this person, or bashert — the Yiddish word for destiny.
As many of us know, locating a match in the modern world can seem more difficult than discovering an oasis in the desert. But there is a beacon that can guide you. For nearly 15 years, SawYouAtSinai has been helping Jewish singles find their destined partners.
“The goal of SawYouAtSinai is to get Jewish singles married,” said Marc Goldmann, SawYouAtSinai’s CEO. “Our site is different and important because we bring human interaction and personal attention into the online world.”
According to Marc, SawYouAtSinai’s more than 300 dedicated matchmakers — or Shadchan — are using their expertise and today’s technology to find potential matches for the 30,000 Jewish singles who’re seeking their soulmates on the site. These matchmakers eliminate the need to scour thousands of profiles and streamline the online dating process by doing the heavy lifting that’s often associated with finding the right match.
This personalized, hands-on approach has resulted in more than 2,800 marriages since SawYouAtSinai’s inception. Thanks to the site’s exceptional matchmaking services, coupled with educational events and weekend retreats, thousands of singles have found that special someone and are building Jewish homes together around the globe.
SawYouAtSinai was created by Marc in 2003, and he told us it all started with a midlife crisis he had at 34.
“[Mark was] still single and decided he had to be working on a project that had a clear and distinct impact on the Jewish singles’ community,” she said. “So he left the corporate world, where he was a management consultant on Wall Street, to create the ultimate online matchmaking network.”
And, through a lot of hard work and a philosophy dedicated to a customized approach, Marc did just that. Since its founding, SawYouAtSinai has offered a more efficient and personal experience for Jewish singles looking for love online.
“We have matchmakers that not only help save members time by finding appropriate matches but also by making the process quite a bit less lonely,” Marc said. “Knowing there is a person who one can confer with throughout the process, before and after dates and anytime in between, helps people to generally feel more taken care of, and it makes the whole overwhelming world of dating more manageable.”
The site’s more than 300 Shadchan guide members to the best matches, so there’s no wasted time going on dates with the wrong people. And, with upward of 30,000 Jewish singles representing a diverse range of ages, locations, and cultural and religious backgrounds, you’re sure to find the one you’re meant to be with at SawYouAtSinai.
Rather than swiping right and connecting on a surface level or spending hours reading profiles, you’ll go through a different process on SawYouAtSinai. When you decide you are ready to find your match, you can register by filling out a comprehensive profile, which includes information about your religious background, lifestyle, interests, and references.
All members also complete a description of themselves and what they’re looking for in a life partner. SawYouAtSinai then chooses two matchmakers based on your age, location, and religious orientation. These Shadchan will be the ones screening your potential matches.
From there, your matchmakers will get to know you through emails and phone calls, and they’ll eventually schedule a face-to-face interview. This allows them to understand exactly who you are so they can select the profiles that best reflect your personality and individual needs.
There’s no browsing hundreds of profiles; your matchmaker chooses for you. After reviewing their selections, you can then choose to accept or decline the suggestions.
When two people agree to a match, the system then forwards them contact information so they can chat and plan a date. Men are required to reach out to women within three days of receiving their information. If they can’t for some reason, they must contact their matchmaker so he or she can let the woman know when he will be calling her. This way, there’s no waiting for two weeks while he tries to play it cool.
Members consistently update their status in the system, so matchmakers know the progress of a relationship whether it’s a first date, dating exclusively, or engaged. Matchmakers are always screening members and making recommendations, so it’s important they know if you’re still looking or are off the market.
In addition to meeting online, SawYouAtSinai helps Jewish singles connect in person at its events. In several communities, SawYouAtSinai hosts DineNMeet programs, which include Shabbat meals, wine tastings, game nights, and lectures, among many other activities.
The company provides the opportunity for six to eight singles to attend a host family’s Shabbat dinner with options to hold additional receptions with guests throughout a given weekend. There are also weekday events offered and an annual Labor Day Back to Camp Weekend available to members. Here, hundreds of young professionals partake in outdoor activities, such as volleyball and rock climbing, and enjoy lakeside views where they can get to know each other in a relaxed environment.
SawYouAtSinai offers Meet the Matchmaker events as well, and these are where members and the Shadchan can get to know each other in a more personal atmosphere. To see events currently going on, just check out the site’s calendar.
Marc is excited about some of the new ways SawYouAtSinai is looking to improve the site for members and matchmakers. She told us about the team’s move from an email model to chat capabilities to help better facilitate communication.
“We are also working on a new mobile site to make the site more user friendly for members and matchmakers on all types of devices,” Marc said. “In the future, we see ourselves continuing to work toward helping Jewish singles find their matches, and we will try to continue to do this in a way that makes the process as simple and efficient as possible.”
Finding your bashert doesn’t have to be an endless quest for water in the desert. No matter where your soulmate is, there’s a good chance that SawYouAtSinai can introduce you to him or her. When you’re ready for the real thing, let the site’s matchmakers help find your destiny.