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 think it’s such a niche market,” she says, but “this niche really wants it badly it’s so small.” Halpern is 25, but still an undergraduate at Mc Gill University (in addition to going to seminary before college, she took time off school to work in web development).
She grew up Modern Orthodox in Calgary, and went to High School in Toronto.
Once a profile has been created, members can view the profiles of other members of the service, using the visible profile information to decide whether or not to initiate contact.
Most services offer digital messaging, while others provide additional services such as webcasts, online chat, telephone chat (VOIP), and message boards.
While no longer Orthodox, she is still active in Jewish life, including an LGBT Jewish group in Montreal called JQueer.
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