Want a date? Sup­ply a CV

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY BEN WEICH

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.”

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