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jZoog has made something of a name for itself, having been featured in major Jewish publications including The Jewish Week, Moment, NYBLUEPRINT and the Washington Jewish Week. Apparently, “zoog” is Hebrew for couple, and the site has a clear mission statement: “Our mission is to create Jewish couples. We pre-screen and review every profile and approve only those we feel are accurate and relevant to our members, creating an exclusive community of Jewish singles serious about meeting the right one.”
It all sounds rather intense, doesn’t it? Well at least they’re clear about the services they provide. This is a site for Jewish singles who are serious about finding a relationship, so if that’s not you then you’re probably not going to make the best use of this dating website.
JZoog.com has an unusual method for charging its members, although it’s not without merits. Essentially the site is free, unless you wish to make initial contact with someone who hasn’t added you to their wish list. If you’d like to initiate contact with some members then you’ll need to spend tokens (one token costs around 50 cents, and contact costs 2 tokens). So, you only pay for what you use, which is quite a nice idea. We also assume that users are wise to this method and will be likely to add you to their wish list if they like the look of you.
Registering is not the simplest process as it requires that you do so through allowing them to access your Facebook profile. If you don’t have a Facebook profile, you’ll either need to create one or go elsewhere.
Still, we weren’t particularly comfortable with the idea that they could access your Facebook information, even though the site claims they’ll never post anything on your wall “without your permission.” The reasoning behind this is that it helps them to make sure you are who you say you are, but it still seems unnecessary – other dating websites do not do this, you can still sign up regularly but this is not an option with Jzoog.
So, let’s assume you’ve registered. What can you expect? Well membership numbers are lower than some of the other websites in this category but at least you can be sure that the members are not there just to spam you, though.
As you may notice from the home page, jZoog is a slick looking website, as well as being a serious one. Finding members isn’t much of a chore and making contact is fine as long as each of you has added the other to their wish list. If this is the case then you might very well meet your perfect partner without paying a cent for the privilege.
JZoog could be brilliant but its methods are just going to be too off-putting for a lot of people. Its mission statement sounds like an exclusivity clause that many folk won’t like. However, if you’re serious about finding a Jewish date and you don’t mind the site having access to your Facebook profile information, this might be worth a crack.
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