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“The intersectionality of Judaism and queerness is a really tough space,” she says, “Because a lot of queer circles are also very radical politically and that makes a lot of Jews feel excluded.” So, Saw You at Stonewall is more than a dating site—it’s a space for Jews to be fully queer, and for queer people to be fully their Jewish selves.While the site may change a great deal between now and its official launch (no date set yet), Halpern wanted to address a lot of issues that come up for LGBT Jews when designing SYAS.The site’s name is a combination of popular Jewish dating site Saw You at Sinai, and, of course, the Stonewall Inn/riots, since it targets those in the middle of the Venn Diagram of Jewishness and queerness.The site recently finished its beta run, and Halpern is gearing up for a full launch.
I'm still dating, mostly guys I meet through friends."Moral of the story?
It’s unclear how many LGBTQ Jews live in North America, but assuming they’re proportionate for the population, and keeping in mind that the numbers grow smaller as we adjust for preferences—gay women, for example, want to date other women, not gay men—the options can be limited. It’s called “Saw You At Stonewall,” and while its mission is to set up LGBTQ Jews, by doing so it also brings to light specific issues queer Jews face when straddling multiple worlds.
Its founder is Joanna Halpern, who knows how frustrating it can be to try the usual options.
I didn't want to push too hard on it during the date in case I was wrong (this wasn't MY culture, after all), but he seemed to think that Yom Kippur celebrated the migration of the Israelites through the dessert.
I may not be Jewish, but I believe the holiday he was searching for is Passover."Success: "I ended up removing myself from JDate (as I have from other online dating sites) because in the end, I don't think that online dating is a good match for my personality.