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  • Three Dates with Iron Man

    By Ilana Angel

    May 3, 2013 | 8:09 am

    I had a date with the Israeli last night.  In fact, we actually had 3 dates. We met for a drink. Simple and casual, with a definite connection, so we continued onto dinner and date #2. After four hours together, we were not quite ready to part ways, so we went out for a nightcap,...

  • 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...

  • Mother, Son, Dating & a Dancing Queen at the Bus

    By Ilana Angel

    April 23, 2013 | 9:47 am

    When my son was thirteen he came to me and announced he was going to leave home for college and attend in another city.  He respectfully and adorably informed me I had four years to “find a man to replace him”.  If I was not in a relationship when he was off to college, he would go...

  • Dating, Decency, Douchebags UPDATED

    By Ilana Angel

    April 20, 2013 | 4:19 pm

    Is it too much to ask that people be decent when dating?  If you are looking to get laid, looking for love, or not even sure what you are looking for, why can’t you just be decent?  Why is it so hard to take the feelings of others into consideration when dating?  I truly just don’t...

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  • Tall Jew, Short Jew, Lying Jew, Old Jew

    By Ilana Angel

    April 15, 2013 | 8:36 pm

    How is it possible that a large group of men can all suffer from the same disorder and not be aware of it?  Jewish men are simply unable to give their correct height.  Why?  If they are 5’4”, they say 5’7”.  If they are 5’7”, they say they are 5’10”.  If they are 5’10”, they...

  • 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...

  • Dreaming of Love & Lawsuits

    By Ilana Angel

    April 9, 2013 | 8:12 am

    I am a romantic.  A serious over the top, anything can happen, sweep me off my feet, knight in shining armor, bring flowers on a first date, knees buckle at the first kiss, beshert seeking, happily ever after, underdog wins, men make passes at girls who wear glasses, you don’t look...

  • Valentine’s Day, Teenagers, Co-Parenting & a New Sheriff

    By Ilana Angel

    February 19, 2013 | 10:51 am

    I had a lovely Valentine’s Day.  The Englishman and I spent the evening with the kids and had a wonderful dinner.  I got the most wonderful cards, flowers, chocolate, and gifts.  I love Valentine’s Day and to share it with the people I love was very special.  I know it is full of...

  • Elyse G.

    February 6, 2013 | 11:17 am

    Elyse, 43, is a freelancer for this magazine — but that doesn’t mean she was coerced into being interviewed for My Single Peeps. At least as far as I know. I’ve never met a single person at the office. I write from home. Maybe it’s a tyrannical organization. All I know is she...

  • Ruth M.

    January 30, 2013 | 4:06 pm

    Ruth is an attractive, petite woman who’s spent her life working in publishing. She’s from the East Coast and went to college in Syracuse, graduating with a major in advertising and a minor in painting. She worked in New York as an art director for Modern Bride magazine, but moved...

  • David Henry G.

    January 16, 2013 | 1:08 pm

    David, 27, seems to be brimming with confidence. He’s got a good, deep voice, and he’s still when he speaks. I fidget. My fingers or toes are generally wiggling, and I shift my position constantly. It suddenly dawns on me — I’m jealous. Why can’t I be as sure of myself?

    “I’m from...

  • If You Have Love, Does Marriage Matter?

    By Ilana Angel

    January 13, 2013 | 8:29 pm

    Ever since I was little I wanted to get married.  When I tied the knot the first time it was a remarkable time in my life.  I loved my husband, my parents walked me down the aisle, all my siblings were there, and my life was full of hope and promise.  Even though my marriage did...

  • Boyfriend? Lover? Partner? Dude I’m Dating?

    By Ilana Angel

    December 14, 2012 | 8:06 am

    I am 46 years old and I have a boyfriend, which is ridiculous.  Not ridiculous I am in a relationship, but that he is my "boyfriend".  By definition a boyfriend is a frequent or regular male companion in a romantic or sexual relationship. That sounds like a grown up thing, but the...

  • Denise M.

    December 6, 2012 | 11:48 am

    Denise, 46, shows up at our interview dressed to the nines. The woman is put together — from her perfectly coiffed hair down to her Christian Louboutin shoes. A few years back, I was running around Manhattan with a friend and we met a group of tipsy girls on the street. My friend...

  • My Single Peeps: Marcos E.

    November 20, 2012 | 1:35 pm

    I met Marcos through my friend Michael. Marcos, who is often standing by Michael’s side, is 6 feet tall with the stance and demeanor of an Israeli bodyguard. He’s not Israeli. He’s 37, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in Houston. And he’s not a bodyguard. He’s a...

  • Terrorized by my Bicycle for my 45th Birthday

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    November 16, 2012 | 9:13 pm

     "I did this to myself," I mumbled. I kept thinking, "This is my fault. I am stuck on this bike in this heat in Bagan to celebrate my big birthday. I chose this. I must be crazy." I wondered, "Why am I torturing myself? Are we having fun yet?"

    George, my happy husband, seemed so...

  • Me, Him, Us, Them & Shabbat

    By Ilana Angel

    November 9, 2012 | 9:10 am

    I am complicated.  Not difficult, just complicated.  I have a vision for my life that has not changed since I was a little girl.  I always wanted to be a mom. I am.  I always wanted to move to Los Angeles. I did. I always wanted to work in Hollywood. I do.  I always wanted to meet...

  • My Single Peeps: Ilysa C.

    November 8, 2012 | 2:05 pm

    One of Ilysa’s favorite jobs was working at a coffee shop while she was in college. So it was fortuitous that I had her meet me at one to talk. Sometimes when I meet with people, it takes a bit of time for me to get a handle on their personality. Not with Ilysa. She’s nice. She’s...

  • 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,...

  • Happiness Stinks

    By Ilana Angel

    October 2, 2012 | 6:26 pm

    Why is it that when you are single you cannot find a decent guy to date, but when you are in a relationship, men are not only everywhere, but they are interested in you?  I have been dating the Englishman for almost 7 months and I have never had so many men ask me out.  Very...

  • A Rabbi is Just a Man

    By Ilana Angel

    August 2, 2012 | 6:43 pm

    I love a good Rabbi.  Truth be told, when I started my spiritual journey to find my own level of Judaism, I loved all Rabbis.  I was in awe of men who could quote Torah, and guide me through my faith.  I have always thought Rabbis were special, often thought they were sexy, and...

  • The Dance of Love

    By Ilana Angel

    July 18, 2012 | 10:00 pm

    I have been dating a man for a little over four months.  By dating of course I mean I have been in a relationship.  From our first date there was a connection and we simply fell into a relationship without really dating.  It has been fun, effortless, complicated, and exhausting.  I...

  • Football, Prayers & Faking it for Love

    By Ilana Angel

    June 24, 2012 | 6:49 pm

    If you are going to date an Englishman, you have to like football (soccer).  By like it of course I mean pretend you like it so as to impress him.  I have been pretending to care about this game for months and it has been exhausting.  It started out with my blatant faking of...

  • Dating and Divorce

    By Ilana Angel

    June 18, 2012 | 11:31 pm

    I have been divorced for 16 years and in that time I have had two relationships I thought would last forever.  One was an actual engagement that ended with my heart broken, and one was with a total douchelord who ripped young.  He was my priority, I was building a career, and every...

  • Guershon M.

    June 6, 2012 | 2:04 pm

    The most embarrassing aspect of Guershon’s life is that he’s 34 and lives with his mom, so of course I’ll lead with that. “I started film school and I [moved in with my mom], and the hardest thing for me was it seemed like [my friends] had all their s—- together. It was...

  • Fear, Hope & The Pursuit of Love

    By Ilana Angel

    June 4, 2012 | 6:17 pm

    My heart has been broken many times.  There are different levels of heartache of course, but pain is pain and it all hurts the same.  When my dad died my heart broke in a way I thought I would never recover from, but now it is the part of my broken heart that I pray will never mend. ...

  • My Single Peeps: Isaac S.

    May 15, 2012 | 8:58 pm

    When Isaac sits down to speak with me, I see the rugged beard with a shot of gray around the chin, the athletic build and the tight-fitting Israeli-style clothes, and I think, “I know exactly who this guy is.” He has an Israeli accent, so when he first says to me, “In Israel I...

  • Lawrence J.

    May 9, 2012 | 12:17 pm

    Lawrence is a South African Jew who has been in Southern California since he was 10. I met him through his sister, Francine, who briefly dated my eldest brother after they met abroad on a high-school trip. I hadn’t seen Francine in years, so she tagged along for the interview.

    ...
  • 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...

  • Sex & Fantasies Over Lunch

    By Ilana Angel

    April 19, 2012 | 9:54 pm

    I had lunch today with two of my favorite people on the planet.  One is a woman who is 17 years younger than me, and the other is a man who is 17 years older than me.  We talked about work, families, life, Judaism, and sex. These two people are funny, smart, intellectual,...

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