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Arlene Appelrouth, an AJT contributor, has been a widow since the death of her husband, Dan, a year and a half ago. Despite looking for a potential partner after her period of mourning, Appelrouth has found it difficult to re-enter the dating scene.
She has tried online dating, including using JSwipe and considering JDate, but she has found the apps overwhelming. One of the things Appelrouth has found challenging about the apps is the requirement to declare a Jewish denomination.
In addition to JSwipe, Appelrouth has used Match. Appelrouth has never used a matchmaker but may be willing to do so in the future. While Appelrouth misses her husband, she enjoys staying active. Others who spoke to the AJT requested varying degrees of anonymity.
While the newspaper does not usually grant such requests, we did so for this article in the belief that the general issues older singles are facing are more important than the specifics of individual cases. A woman in her late 50s said that although she often attends fundraisers, she has not had the opportunity to meet anyone new and feels that there is a lack of events for her age group. She has never used a matchmaker but is open to the idea.
She has turned to such apps as JDate, Match. After losing his wife early last year, Don, who is in his 70s, shared his insights about the difficulty as a widower of finding a partner who shares the same values. He has used dating apps but has found the process difficult.
Don said he is frequently invited to the homes of friends and family members for Shabbat dinners. Those occasions have enabled him to make new friends but nothing more.
Although Don has never been set up by a matchmaker, he intends to give the process a try after receiving some information from a fellow member of his Orthodox synagogue. After living in Atlanta for 11 years, a woman discussed her Jewish dating experience as a divorcee. Although she belongs to a synagogue, she has a problem finding a relationship within the shul because she considers herself Conservative while most members are Orthodox.
Maybe if I was 10 to 15 years younger, I would have a better chance of meeting people at various young adult professional events. She has participated in Jewish singles meetups and attended various synagogues to meet people.
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Though she has tried matchmaking, she said she often was paired with much older men, and she has failed to meet the right person with JDate and other dating apps. She said she has found that most of the men on Match and JDate are not Jewish. We often miss the gems in front of us when we are looking elsewhere.