If Jewish singles want to find partners who have compatible cultural views and values, then sometimes they need to find a way to locate each other. It can be especially difficult in this society of the quick pace, the flurry of careers and the great divergence of views. In times past, one might have resorted to a matchmaker, but that’s not generally done these days. Instead, young people might look into utilizing Jewish dating websites and services, face-to-face Jewish singles events, or business get-togethers.

The internet has opened a whole new avenue of opportunity in the last decade or so. Jewish dating sites allow you to place your information online and scrutinize the personal info of others on the same sites, with the hope of connecting with someone who sounds interesting and appears to have a similar cultural world view. Jewish chat sites provide a safe place to converse and get to know each other to some extent, before a face-to-face meeting ever takes place. Using online sites such as these, people can begin to get in touch with those they might otherwise have never met.

One shouldn’t, however, forget the methods for Jewish singles to find each other that existed before internet dating sites. Travel agencies still offer tours to other parts of the world for Jewish young people. Some of these agencies or websites may feature “kosher cruises,” or tours for older singles. Then there are the tried and true face-to face-meetings that take place in art and literary clubs, film groups, or Jewish business groups. These may provide contacts if people just want friends and don’t want to appear like they’re “on the hunt.” Or, if they want to cut straight to the chase, then there are also speed dating events.

Even though the frantic pace of everyday life sometimes interferes and prevents Jewish singles from meeting each other, at the same time they have more scope and more avenues to pursue than they once did. They may pursue some of the more traditional face-to-face ways of encountering each other, or they can now access Jewish dating sites on the internet. In many ways, their opportunities have expanded beyond the United States and into the entire world.