Couple who met online wins Israel trip to celebrate Jewish dating site’s successes


(JTA) — Alanna liked Nir’s online dating profile because he said he can cook, and her cooking prowess extended to warming up frozen soup.

The couple met through the Jewish dating site JWed. On Monday, they were awarded a free trip to Israel by the organization to celebrate its 3,300th match.

Alanna, 38, from Los Angeles, was divorced 11 years ago and several years later had a broken engagement. That turned her off of dating, she said in a statement on the site. Her family and friends encouraged her to keep trying. She said she was attracted to Nir’s profile, which opened with “Ladies, I’m an ex-chef and yes, I can cook for you.”

Nir, 45, from New Jersey, had logged on to JWed to delete his profile but was intrigued by Alanna’s reply: “Does warming up Tabachnik’s soup count as cooking?”

The rest is history. The couple continued chatting, met in person and recently were married.

JWed, founded in 2001, calls itself a “Jewish-only dating site for marriage-minded men and women.”

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