Iraqi Jews who had come to hear her speak would frequently come up and introduce themselves. “They felt a connection.”These conversations got Shamash, 53, thinking about how the next generation of Jews of Iraqi descent would stay connected to their heritage.“I thought the way to perhaps make things approachable for their children,” she said.“I sensed that they would have liked the children to meet Mizrahi Jews, but geographical issues are a problem, [and] it wasn’t going to happen.”She thought that connections made online could be the answer.The site works a little bit differently than dating apps such as Tinder, in which users swipe “yes” or “no” on profiles that provide scant information other than photos.
“A little over 2 years ago, I joined CMB on a whim.
I was fed up with the LA dating scene and thought to myself, what do I have to lose?!
At the moment, she’s using only Eldelala and Sephardic Connection, a site run by Torah Ohr Hebrew Academy in Great Neck.
Around half of Eldelala still-small user base indicates that they would be willing to relocate for love.“That’s pretty telling of how important it is to them” to find a partner with a shared background, Shamash said.
The first time, we met for coffee (although, ironically, neither of us drink coffee) and chatted for a few hours.
I didn't know if he was interested or not, but then he called me the next day to ask me out for Valentine's Day.
S., Canada, England, the Netherlands, and Sweden — who range in age from 21 to 72.
Shamash is hoping to introduce the site in Israel as well.
However, I only took one of them up on the offer to going on a date. We moved to Austin, Texas together in August of 2014, and we are now engaged and living together!
” “We count our second date as the first time we got together.
She said she is drawn to how the site uses real-life matchmakers, as opposed to algorithms.“I really like the idea of matchmaking,” she said.