The niche online dating apps bringing people together

Most people know about mobile dating app Tinder, but have you heard of Bae, Salaam Swipe or JSwipe? These are just some of the many niche dating apps catering for those from different religious or cultural backgrounds.

VICTORIA ZERBST: My name’s Victoria Zerbst. I’m 21 years old and I’m studying philosophy at the University of Sydney.

So I think, for me personally, religious denomination and dating has never been that important. I mean, my Mum married out of faith. So she’s Jewish and my Dad is, l think he’s, like, Protestant or Presbyterian or something.

It was only when my Mum asked me if I was gonna bring a boy to Pesach or Passover; and I was like, “Oh, no.” I thought it would be really funny to check out J-Swipe, which is Jewish Tinder.

(Reads) “You had me at ‘shalom’.” That’s kind of fun.

You have to put in your denomination: like, whether you’re just Jewish or you’re Conservative, whether you’re Reform, or whether you’re willing to convert – or “other” is another option. And you also have to put in some information whether you’re kosher or not kosher.

(Reads) Oh, this guy looks cool. He is just Jewish, not kosher.

When you’re using J-Swipe and you kind of swipe left or swipe right, you either have a smiling Star of David or a frowny Star of David. And when there’s, like, another really great match where two people connect, there’s a series of dancing rabbis. And it says, “Mazel tov! It’s a match!”

(Reads) Dancing on the chairs there, which is really fun.

I know a lot of my Jewish friends would only date within kind of like the Jewish culture, just because there are a lot of really similar values and expectations that come with Judaism. Like, you know, you’re closest with your family, kind of like how nosy your mum’s gonna be. It’s almost like J-Swipe is your nice Jewish mother. It even says “Bubbi approved.” So I think it’s kind of a nice, digital version of your traditional Jewish matchmaker.

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