Want a date? Supply a CV
THE AGE-OLD tradition within the strictly-Orthodox community of shidduch — or matchmaking for the purposes of marriage — has been hauled into the 21st century by one Israeli company.
Yismach, launched in 2014, is a database onto which singles can upload their “CVs”, detailing what prospective matches should expect.
Required details begin with the basics — age, education, and a summary of what they desire in a partner — and move on to shul affiliation, a list of character references and even the preferred type of head covering.
Users make a one-off payment of $50 to Yismach to sign up.
More than 130 professional shadchanim — or matchmakers — in Israel, the US and Europe are then able to access CVs online.
After meeting individually with a shadchan, a pair can meet. More than 500 couples have found love through Yismach, according to director Shmuel Neumann.
He said: “This really comes down to the issue of survival. If we, as Jews, don’t populate the world we are going to be extinct.
“We want to reach the people who have fallen through the cracks, and it works because everyone can access it.
“I would encourage everyone to try it. It’s for people who want to get married, and not just float around.
“And ultimately it is about marriage and having children. Helping to bring children into the world is a fundamental mitzvah for Jewish people.”