June 20, 2012
Does JDate care about Jewish weddings?
JDate may be a little confused about its mission.
The online dating Website, which touts itself as “the premier Jewish singles community online” had a PR firm dredge up wedding-season publicity by releasing a list of the Top Five Jewish Celebrity Weddings of the past year.
Except, only one of those weddings actually counts as a Jewish one; the other four are intermarriages.
So you can see how silly it is, here’s the list:
The only couple on this list who had an authentic Jewish wedding is Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller (the reference to the “female rabbi” is a hint, and since IKAR’s Sharon Brous would never perform an intermarriage, this one counts). Natalie Portman was also married by a rabbi, albeit one with more lax standards, because her spouse Benjamin Millepied did not convert before the ceremony. As for Priscilla Chan, Paul McDonald and Daniel Craig (who at least played Polish-Jewish resistance fighter Tuvia Bielski in the movie “Defiance”) conversion never appeared to be part of the conversation. In fact, after Zuckerberg and Chan’s wedding, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz wrote a story about how the impact of their intermarriage was so unremarkable.
But that’s beside the point. JDate’s job is not to sell, or soften, intermarriage.
According to a statement on their Website, “JDate’s mission is to strengthen the Jewish community and ensure that Jewish traditions are sustained for generations to come. To accomplish this we provide a global network where Jewish singles find friendship, romance and life-long partners within their faith.”
Except, apparently, for when they want to promote their brand with the exact opposite message.
People should marry the best possible life partners regardless of religious affiliation (though shared values tend be important in the sustainability of long term relationships and religion imparts many values), but for a Jewish dating Website that claims to encourage in-faith marriage to use completely self-negating Hollywood flash to expand their patronage is just weird.