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  • Dating 101: Introducing the Gentile Giant

    By Ilana Angel

    January 5, 2014 | 8:36 am

    I had a date last night. We met online, spoke on the phone, and exchanged a couple of text conversations. He is my age, funny, charming, and I think he looks like a young Ed O’Neill. He is a gentle and inherently kind man. I felt comfortable with him both on the phone and in...

  • Dating 101: Men, Makeup & Nerves

    By Ilana Angel

    December 27, 2013 | 8:21 am

    I had a date last night with a man I met on Match.com. He is 52, 5’10”, dark hair, blue eyes, works in finance, divorced, two adult children, and a great sense of humor. We spoke on the phone twice and our conversations were short but fun.  We decided to meet for a drink. He...

  • Dating 101: Scrambling for Position

    By Ilana Angel

    November 8, 2013 | 7:32 am

    Part of what makes dating so hard is that you never know if what someone new tells you is true. You never know if someone you’ve known forever is telling the truth, so the expectation someone new will, is a leap of faith.  It is not enough to just be attracted to someone. There has...

  • Dating 101: Saying You’re Sorry

    By Ilana Angel

    November 3, 2013 | 8:55 am

    I think it is both unnatural and invigorating to date in middle age. I am 47 years old and truly surprised to still be dating. I’m not a good dater.  I am great in a relationship, but meeting new people, dating, and the time spent dating to see if there will be a relationship is...

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  • Dating 101: The Coach Update

    By Ilana Angel

    October 22, 2013 | 7:26 am

    I am stressed out this week and am somewhat overwhelmed. Between college apps for my son, working on a book proposal, writing, watching way too much reality television, shooting a new reality show for BiteSize Networks, and dating someone new I really care about, it has all made me...

  • Dating 101: Relationship Advice BBQ Style

    By Ilana Angel

    October 20, 2013 | 4:36 pm

    I went to a BBQ on Saturday that was unlike any BBQ I have ever been to. I ventured out of the valley, which I rarely do, and headed for the marina where I was in for an interesting afternoon. It was an eclectic group of people and I was fascinated.  By fascinated of course I mean...

  • Dating 101 – Timing is Everything

    By Ilana Angel

    October 10, 2013 | 2:36 pm

    I have a date with Coach tonight and I am looking forward to it.  He is a lovely man. He listens, values my opinion, thinks I am beautiful, makes me laugh, and through his life experiences I am not only able to respect his bravery and grace, but also value my own experiences in a...

  • Dating 101: The Beginning

    By Ilana Angel

    October 7, 2013 | 10:44 pm

    Last night I had a date with Coach and I don’t mind telling you I am a little giddy.  It was the kind of date where everything happens exactly how you want. From the holding of hands, to the tasting of each other’s drinks, to the kiss goodnight, we were in sync.  I find myself with...

  • Dating 101:  Sexual Advances, Ex Pics & Online Profiles

    By Ilana Angel

    September 19, 2013 | 9:44 am

    I am not dating online as much as I am spending a few minutes each day writing men that I would never go out with, to tell them I appreciate their interest, but we are not a match.  I wish them good luck with their search and while it is disheartening, I write back to all who...

  • Dating 101: Double Dipping

    By Ilana Angel

    September 16, 2013 | 4:43 pm

    Just when I think my dating life cannot get any stranger, it does.  I have been chronicling my dating life for four years.  In that time I have had the most horrific dates ever, along with a long term relationship, and I shared it all.  From the man who arrived to our date drunk...

  • Dating 101: Mug Shots & Convicted Felons

    By Ilana Angel

    September 13, 2013 | 7:13 am

    I received an email this week from a man online that I am pretty sure was using a mug shot as his profile picture.  The Internet is an amazing place and while the odds of finding love online are not good, it would appear that the chances of meeting a felon are great.  For a woman...

  • Dating 101: Looking Back to See Ahead

    By Ilana Angel

    August 29, 2013 | 2:20 pm

    I have had a series of unfortunate dates.  I am not sure how it is that I keep meeting men who are so horrible, but I do.  In meeting men who are repulsive, you can’t help but look back at past relationships and compare the old to the new. Were my past relationships with men who...

  • Dating 101: Sex & Golf

    By Ilana Angel

    August 22, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    Just when I think I have heard it all, I come across a man that reminds me there is nothing more horrific than dating.  I often wonder if these men are only found in Los Angeles.  Is LA the hardest city In the world to date?  I live here so of course I will say yes, but I’m...

  • Dating 101: Can Women ask Men Out?

    By Ilana Angel

    August 16, 2013 | 8:38 am

    I wrote a man on Match.com this week.  His profile was beautifully written, lacked the typical stench of online dating crap, and he was just the right amount of sarcastic and funny. He is handsome, smart, Jewish, and entertaining.  He wrote back and we ended up speaking on the...

  • Dating 101: Hobbits, Bears & Giants

    By Ilana Angel

    August 7, 2013 | 6:14 am

    I like men.  I am raising a boy to be a man. A good man. I like men of all shapes and sizes.  I have dated men who are short, tall, thin, heavyset, bearded, clean shaven, bald, and with a full head of hair.  In terms of how someone looks, I tend to be attracted to bald men with...

  • Flying Solo, Facetime, & First Impressions

    By Ilana Angel

    August 1, 2013 | 7:09 pm

    When I took my son to the airport on Tuesday night for his adventure back east, he asked for my phone to program in a number I needed.  I went to the restroom, returned and got my phone, and saw my son off.  I cried the entire way home.  I miss him like crazy and am counting down...

  • Dating 101:  The Charity Pity Date

    By Ilana Angel

    July 16, 2013 | 4:14 pm

    I recently wrote about the “Vegetarian”. We met for a movie and he decided he was going to turn it into a date.  He specifically told me it was a date, and he sealed it with a kiss.  When I wrote him this week to make plans to see him again, he told me he is actually dating...

  • Dating 101: I’m Jewish, Not Really

    By Ilana Angel

    June 23, 2013 | 1:55 pm

    For the love of God, I honestly do not know how much longer I can date.  It is required of course because I want to meet someone, but with each bad date I am one step closer to channeling my inner lesbian and dating women, or perhaps just getting a box of chocolate, a cat, and...

  • To Date or Not To Date?

    By Ilana Angel

    April 29, 2013 | 12:01 am

    It has been a few weeks since the Englishman decided to not only break up with me, but to no longer be my friend. It has been shocking really, and I cannot stop crying.  Not at the loss of love, which is sad, but at the loss of friendship, which it turns out must not have been...

  • Online Dating, Fix Ups & a Cat Lady Future

    By Ilana Angel

    April 14, 2013 | 9:48 pm

    Well it happened.  After feeling sorry for myself, crying, and drowning my sorrow in red wine and cosmos, I have rejoined the dating world.  It was a surprisingly easy decision.  People give the advice that after a break up you need to heal and give yourself time, but the truth is...

  • Kristina L.

    November 28, 2012 | 3:26 pm

    Most Jewish parents don’t name their child Kristina, but Ukraine — when it was still the former Soviet Union — was very secular. “So my parents just gave me what was the cool, European name of the moment, not wanting to give me some very traditional and typical Russian name like...

  • Prince Charming is Taking Me To England!

    By Ilana Angel

    October 14, 2012 | 9:08 pm

    After 7 months of dating, and a slow and steady stroll to love, the Englishman is taking my son and me to England to meet his family for two weeks in December.  By slow and steady, of course I mean that I have loved him since our first date, but it took me months to allow myself to...

  • Is Sex the New Fairytale?

    By Ilana Angel

    October 7, 2012 | 1:10 pm

    Sex changes for women as we get older.  We go from no experience and thinking all sex is good, to having enough experiences to be able to tell the difference between good and bad sex.  We want meaningful sex, but discover that not only does meaningful not necessarily mean good,...

  • An Englishman and a Canadian Walk Into a Bar

    By Ilana Angel

    May 1, 2012 | 12:08 am

    I first spoke to my Englishman two months ago.  I thought he was funny and charming, but did not think he was my type.  He lived 35-45 minutes away and while attractive, he was unlike men I usually date. I loved that he’s English however, and agreed to a date because if nothing else...

  • Birthdays, Dating & a Twitter Support Group

    By Ilana Angel

    April 3, 2012 | 10:38 pm

    This weekend will mark my 46th birthday.  I don’t feel 46, or look 46, but I will in fact be 46.  I can vividly remember when my mother turned 35 and I thought she was the oldest person in the world.  My mother is only 22 years older than I am.  I have dated men who were 22 years...

  • The Sexual Negotiations of Online Dating

    By Ilana Angel

    April 1, 2012 | 12:20 pm

    PLEASE NOTE: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS MATURE SUBJECT MATTER AND MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL READERS.  IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY SEXUALLY EXPLICIT LANGUAGE PLEASE DO NOT VIEW.

    I have spent many years on and off of JDate.  It is a necessary evil in the modern day search for love.  For someone...

  • Did Online Dating Just Get Safer?

    By Ilana Angel

    March 21, 2012 | 10:52 pm

    Online dating kings Match.com, eharmony.com and Spark Network, which owns and operates JDate, have agreed to start screening for sex offenders, in addition to other “safety precautions”, in order to help their clients. Their goal is to help their consumers guard against sexual...

  • Dating Sucks but LA Singles Rock

    By Ilana Angel

    February 13, 2012 | 2:41 am

    This past Saturday night, the Jewish Journal held its first singles event and I was honored to be a part of it.  By a part of it of course I mean this was my baby and I was thrilled with how the event turned out.  It was the forward thinking of Rob Eshman and David Suissa that...

  • Why Do I Date Online?

    By Ilana Angel

    February 3, 2012 | 11:16 am

    I often get asked why I date online.  It’s a good question to which there is no answer.  Well there are answers of course, but they are all lies.  “It’s easy.”  No it’s not.  “It’s fun”. No it’s not.  “It can work”.  No it can’t. Online dating is the...

  • Dating Sucks Singles Event

    By Ilana Angel

    January 27, 2012 | 8:33 am

    For those of us who are searching for our beshert, we pray that every first date will be our last.  Being set up, dating online, or hitting the bars are all horrible, but not as bad as going to a singles event.

    Until now.

    The first of The Jewish Journal’s singles events is...

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