To sign up for Jdate, you’ll need to provide a valid email address and create a password. Then, you’ll be required to upload at least one photo of yourself. Once you do, you’ll be prompted to fill out your profile with details, such as your:
- Display Name
- Religion (Choose from Conservadox, Conservative, Culturally Jewish, Hasidic, Modern Orthodox, Orthodox (Baal Teshuva), Orthodox (Frum), Reconstructionist, Reform, Traditional, Willing to Convert and Other)
- Kids (Whether you have them or not and if you want them)
- Education Level
Then, you can write a summary about yourself and what you’re looking for. You’ll also have the option of selecting interests from categories such as sports and fitness, activities, arts and entertainment, eats and drinks, travel and music.
Next, you’ll be able to review and edit your search preferences. You may state your preferred gender (men, women or both are the only options available), age range, distance from your current location, religion and relationship type. There are also advanced preferences that let you filter your searches by whether or not someone keeps kosher, how often they attend synagogue, their drinking and smoking habits and their willingness to relocate. However, these features are only available through a premium account subscription.
After completing your search preferences, Jdate takes you to a page encouraging you to sign up for a paid subscription to get access to all of its features. You can either choose to subscribe to one of the available paid plans or you can continue with the free version.
The main homepage includes tabs for browsing, messages, matches and activity (where you can see who you’ve viewed, who’s viewed you, mutual likes and your likes), with a help section as well. If you choose “Browse,” you’ll find your browsing dashboard where you can look through members based on how new they are to the platform, if they are online, how far away they are, the percentage of potential compatibility called Match % and utilize Jdate’s LookBook feature.
The LookBook feature allows you to anonymously browse profiles one at a time, which are provided to you based on your Discovery Preferences. You have the ability to either like or “Heart” the profile or pass on them by clicking “X.”