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Biden halts oil and gas leases, permits on US land and water
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration announced Thursday a 60-day suspension of new oil and gas leasing and drilling permits for U.S. lands and waters, as officials moved quickly to reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment.

The suspension, part of a broad review of programs at the Department of Interior, went into effect immediately under an order signed Wednesday by Acting Interior Secretary Scott de la Vega. It follows Democratic President Joe Biden’s campaign pledge to halt new drilling on federal lands and end the leasing of publicly owned energy reserves as part of his plan to address climate change.

The order did not ban new drilling outright. It includes an exception giving a small number of senior Interior officials — the secretary, deputy secretary, solicitor and several assistant secretaries — authority to approve actions that otherwise would be suspended.

The order also applies to coal leases and permits, and blocks the approval of new mining plans. Land sales and exchanges and the hiring of senior-level staff at the agency also were suspended.

Under former President Donald Trump, federal agencies prioritized energy development and eased environmental rules to speed up drilling permits as part of the Republican's goal to boost fossil fuel production. Trump consistently downplayed the dangers of climate change, which Biden has made a top priority.

On his first day in office Wednesday, Biden signed a series of executive orders that underscored his different approach — rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, revoking approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada and telling agencies to immediately review dozens of Trump-era rules on science, the environment and public health.

The Interior Department order did not limit existing oil and gas operations under valid leases, meaning activity won't come to a sudden halt on the millions of acres of lands in the West and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico where much drilling is concentrated. Its effect could be further blunted by companies that stockpiled enough drilling permits in Trump's final months to allow them to keep pumping oil and gas for years.

Erik Milito with the National Ocean Industries Association, which represents offshore energy firms, said he was optimistic companies still will be able to get new permits approved through the senior-level officials specified in the order.

But Biden’s move could be the first step in an eventual goal to ban all leases and permits to drill on federal land. Mineral leasing laws state that federal lands are for many uses, including extracting oil and gas, but the Democrat could set out to rewrite those laws, said Kevin Book, managing director at Clearview Energy Partners.

The administration's announcement drew outrage from Republicans and some industry trade groups. They said limiting access to publicly owned energy resources would mean more foreign oil imports, lost jobs and fewer tax revenues.

Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming said the administration was “off to a divisive and disastrous start." He added that the government is legally obliged to act on all drilling permit applications it receives and that “staff memos” can't override the law.

“Impeding American energy will only serve to hurt local communities and hamper America’s economic recovery,” American Petroleum Institute President Mike Sommers said in a statement.

National Wildlife Federation Vice President Tracy Stone-Manning said she expected Biden to make good on his campaign promise to end leasing altogether, or at least impose a long-term moratorium on any new issuances.

“The Biden administration has made a commitment to driving down carbon emissions. It makes sense starting with the land that we all own,” she said. “We have 24 million acres already under lease. That should get us through."

Oil and gas extracted from public lands and waters account for about a quarter of annual U.S. production. Extracting and burning those fuels generates the equivalent of almost 550 million tons (500 metric tons) of greenhouse gases annually, the U.S. Geological Survey said in a 2018 study.

Under Trump, Interior officials approved almost 1,400 permits on federal lands, primarily in Wyoming and New Mexico, over a three-month period that included the election, according to an Associated Press analysis of government data. Those permits, which remain valid, will allow companies to continue drilling for years, potentially undercutting Biden’s climate agenda.

But there are other ways an ambitious Biden administration could make it harder for permit holders to extract oil and gas. “The ability to get your resources out, to get right of way, to get roads, to get supporting infrastructure, not all of that is signed and sealed right now,” Clearview Energy's Book said.

Under President Barack Obama, the Interior Department imposed a 2016 moratorium on federal coal leases while it investigated the coal program's climate effects and whether companies were paying a fair share for coal from public lands. Trump lifted the moratorium soon after taking office.

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AP writer Cathy Bussewitz contributed from New York.

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Biden halts oil and gas leases on U.S. land, water for 60 days
BILLINGS, Mont. — The Biden administration announced Thursday the suspension of new oil and gas leasing and drilling permits for U.S. lands and waters for 60 days as part a broad review of programs at the Department of Interior.

The move follows President Joe Biden’s campaign pledge to halt new drilling on federal lands and end the leasing of publicly owned energy reserves as part of his plan to address climate change.

The suspension went into effect immediately under an order signed Wednesday by Acting Interior Secretary Scott de la Vega. The order did not limit existing oil and gas operations under valid leases, meaning oil and gas activity won’t come to a sudden halt on the millions of acres of lands in the West and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico where much drilling is concentrated.

The order also blocks the approval of new mining plans, land sales or exchanges and the hiring of senior-level staff at the agency.

The administration’s announcement drew a quick backlash from the oil industry’s main trade group, the American Petroleum Institute, which said limiting access to publicly owned energy resources would mean more foreign oil imports, lost jobs and fewer tax revenues.

“Impeding American energy will only serve to hurt local communities and hamper America’s economic recovery,” petroleum institute President Mike Sommers said in a statement.

National Wildlife Federation Vice President Tracy Stone-Manning welcomed the move and said she expected Biden to make good on his campaign promises and end leasing altogether or at the least impose a long-term moratorium on any new issuances.

“The Biden administration has made a commitment to driving down carbon emissions. It makes sense starting with the land that we all own,” she said.

But the impact could be blunted by companies that stockpiled drilling permits in the closing months of the Trump administration.

Officials approved almost 1,400 permits on federal lands, primarily in Wyoming and New Mexico, over a three-month period that included the election. Those permits, which remain valid, will allow companies to continue drilling for years, potentially undercutting Biden’s climate agenda.

Oil and gas extracted from public lands and waters account for about a quarter of annual U.S. production. Extracting and burning those fuels generates the equivalent of almost 550 million tons (500 metric tons) of greenhouse gases annually, the U.S. Geological Survey said in a 2018 study.

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Why Natural Gas Producers Are Betting Big On Hydrogen
With president-elect Joe Biden having vowed to return the United States to the 2015 Paris Climate Accord as a matter of urgency, the clean energy sector is about to gain a big ally in Washington.

But not so much the fossil fuel sector, by far the biggest contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In fact, the EIA released a damning report that in 2018, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from burning fossil fuels were equal to ~75% of total U.S. anthropogenic GHG emissions and ~93% of total U.S. anthropogenic CO2 emissions (based on 100-year global warming potential).

But make no mistake about it, the sector has no plans to go out with a whimper and has for years been packaging natural gas as a suitable and credible fuel bridge that will remain dominant for decades as dirtier fossil fuels gradually make way for renewable energy.

Unfortunately, whereas that narrative might have been valid a few years ago, it is increasingly becoming a hard sell as solar and wind costs continue to fall at an unprecedented clip.

Although cleaner than coal and oil, natural gas is still orders of magnitude dirtier than the dirtiest renewable energy sources when accounting for lifecycle emissions.

The natural gas industry fully understands this and is now courting yet another renewable ally: Hydrogen.

Lifecycle GHG Emissions Intensity of Electricity Generation Methods

Comparison of LCA Results Between Sources





Source: World Nuclear Association

False narrative

Hydrogen as a fuel source has been on the market for decades. Still, it has never really been able to break the glass ceiling of mass-market appeal, mainly due to a host of technical and cost issues.

Indeed, battery power has mostly been winning the race to replace the internal combustion engine (ICE) more than any other alternative fuel type. EV companies like Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) have already hit the fast lane while hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) appear to have stalled on the start line.

A case in point is California, one of the greenest states in the United States. The golden state boasts a grand total of 20,992 EV charging stations compared to just 40 public hydrogen fueling stations.

But now, Wall Street believes that the hydrogen fuel economy has finally reached a tipping point, and hydrogen could soon develop into a globally-traded energy source, just like oil and gas. Related: Biden Plans To Kill Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

London–based global information provider IHS Markit has reported that a growing number of oil, automotive, and other companies have been proactively investing in hydrogen technologies.

The analyst says that countries across the globe are investing in hydrogen either as a tool to meet ambitious decarbonization goals or an opportunity for export.

For instance, hydrocarbon exporting countries in the Middle East well endowed with high solar insolation; coal-rich countries like Australia, gas-rich countries like Russia as well as highly industrialized energy-importing countries in Asia and Europe are all showing a keen interest in hydrogen.

More importantly, zero-carbon hydrogen has recently been injected into a UK gas network for the first time in a groundbreaking trial that could help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The 20% hydrogen and natural gas blend is being used to heat 100 homes and 30 faculty buildings at Keele University in Staffordshire. If successful, the project could be expanded to cover wider parts of the country and possibly be adopted by other countries.

Natural gas remains the most dominant fuel source in the U.S. electricity generation mix, but maybe not for much longer.



Source: EIA

Cheap renewables

Renewable energy has lately become more affordable, accessible, and more prevalent than ever before thanks to technology improvements, competitive procurement and a large base of experienced, internationally active project developers.

In fact, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), solar and wind power generation are now fully competitive with fossil fuel power plants, with the global weighted average levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) for utility-scale solar PV cells having declined 75% to below USD 0.10/kWh since 2010. Related: Canada Is Cleaning Up Its Oil Sands

But solar costs are still declining.

At an LCOE of $0.085/kWh for photovoltaic cells and $0.185/kWh for concentrating solar projects, solar power(utility-scale + residential rooftop) remains more expensive than other renewable sources, including hydro, onshore wind, geothermal, and bioenergy. However, this IEA prediction says solar power is about to become one of the cheapest, if not the cheapest, ways to generate electricity by 2025.



The capacity-weighted average is the average levelized cost per technology, weighted by the new capacity coming online in each region. The capacity additions for each region are based on additions from 2023 to 2025. Technologies for which capacity additions are not expected do not have a capacity-weighted average and are marked as NB, or not built.

2O&M = operations and maintenance.

Source: EIA

Favorable hydrogen economics

On the other hand, cheap green hydrogen could quickly make natural gas irrelevant.

Green hydrogen is hydrogen produced by the electrolysis of water using 100% renewable energy, thus making it a zero-carbon source.

Unfortunately, less than one percent of the world's hydrogen production is of the green type, with the vast majority being derived from natural gas reforming. Indeed, 95% of the hydrogen produced in the United States is currently made by natural gas reforming i.e., gray hydrogen.

The big problem here is that producing large amounts of green hydrogen requires massive amounts of renewable energy; For instance, the UK government's independent Climate Change Committee estimates that the country would need 30x its current offshore wind capacity in order to produce enough green hydrogen to replace all gas boilers in the UK.

But that might be about to change.

Last year, the world's green hydrogen leaders joined hands with an ambitious goal to drive a 50-fold scale-up in green hydrogen production over the next six years that could lead to a major fall in green hydrogen prices.

The Green Hydrogen Catapult Initiative is a brainchild of founding partners Saudi clean energy group ACWA Power, Australian project developer CWP Renewables, European energy giants Iberdrola and Ørsted, Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Envision, Italian gas group Snam, and Yara, a Norwegian fertilizer producer.

The companies hope to drive 25GW of green hydrogen production by 2026, a scale that could significantly drive down hydrogen costs to below $2/kg thus making the fuel source competitive with fossil fuels in power generation. The companies hope to drive 25GW of green hydrogen production by 2026, a scale that could significantly drive down hydrogen costs to below $2/kg thus making the fuel source competitive with fossil fuels in power generation.

If successful, natural gas' days as the most dominant fuel source in the U.S. electricity generation mix could be numbered.

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13 Best Christian Dating Sites And Apps: Meet Christian Singles Near You




As a Christian, it can be hard to find people that share your values on mainstream dating apps like Tinder, sometimes you might want a site exclusive to Christians – or a platform where you can filter potential matches by religion.

Yet, with Christian dating sites a bit tucked away on the web, it can be hard to find the good ones with the most Christian singles available.

So in this article, we’ve compiled a list of the leading Christian dating sites with the most members so you can focus on finding your ideal match.

Top 5 Dating Sites for Christians, by Type
Best site overall, most members – eHarmony
Best Christian only dating site – Christian Mingle
Best Christian dating site for finding love – Bigchurch.Com
Best Christian dating site for busy professionals – Elite Singles
Best for Christians over 50 – Silver Singles
1. EHarmony – Best Christian Dating Site Overall (Most Christian Members)




Marriage-centered relationships
Compatible matches
A community of single Christians
Meet possible partners locally
Communicate with potential matches for free
Are you looking to date a Christian who’s committed? EHarmony could help you find one. The platform was founded by a Christian psychologist, who knows the drill when it comes to finding Christ-centered men and women online.

Which, probably, explains why the site boasts an entire section dedicated to Christian singles. Here, you’ll access a ton of online dating tips so your love journey becomes a breeze.

eHarmony matches you with potential partners based on personality compatibility. This not only boosts your chances of finding a match but also weeds out any incompatible folks that might be lurking on the way.

The believers at eHarmony are into marriage-centered relationships, too, just in line with your Christian values. And it couldn’t be more convenient communicating with possible dates free of charge. Click here to read the full eharmony review.

2. Christian Mingle – Best Christian Only Dating Site




Caters to Christian singles
Compatible matches
Millions of visitors per month
Stern verification system
Free registration
Dating Christians couldn’t be easier thanks to Christian Mingle, a platform that’s dedicated to serving believers. You get compatible matches here, based on your personality, making it likely to find a partner.

In addition to receiving enormous monthly traffic, Christian Mingle has a large user base. Meaning, you have an entire hunting ground clenched in your fist. And the balanced gender ratio means there’s someone for everyone.

Thanks to the platform’s stern verification system, which screens profiles thoroughly, it’s unlikely you’re going to bump into a bot.

Register with your email address for free and access daily match suggestions.

3. Elite Singles – Best Christian Dating Site for Marriage




Members seek committed relationships
Active users
Access verified profiles
A good gender ratio
Complimentary matches every day
Are you a single Christian seeking a marriage-focused connection? Elite Singles could be worth a try. The Christians here, who’re also educated, seek committed relationships. Something you’re after, right?

And because the members on the platform are active enough, they’re likely to contact you when you’re least expecting it. This is a plus, especially if breaking the ice isn’t your thing.

The verified user profiles, which are also detailed, come in handy. It’s good to know you’re communicating with a real human! Throw in the platform’s proportional gender balance and you could be on your way to finding a life partner!

Elite Singles lets you access free matches daily, too.

4. Bigchurch.Com – Best Christian Dating for Finding Love
Dedicated to serving believers
Compatible matches
Offers safety dating tips
A magazine with informative content
Free membership
Ask me about a Christ-centered platform that caters to like-minded singles and I’ll tell you it’s Bigchurch.Com. Here, you’ll find Christians dating compatible believers based on preferences.

The platform boasts a section of safety online dating tips to shield you from online fraudsters. We all know these are dotted across the web!

But what sets Bigchurch.Com from the pack is their magazine. It’s loaded with useful stuff, including articles and answers to your questions, equating it to a one-stop-info spot.

Sign up using your email address (for free) and browse this easy-to-navigate website, which offers its members Bible groups, among other features.

5. Silver Singles – Best Christian Dating Site for Seniors




Devoted to Christian seniors
Members seek long-term relationships
Compatible matches
Safe to use
Free membership
And now look at this — a place that helps Christian senior singles find love again. The members at Silver Singles are not only aged over 50 but also looking for serious connections, as pertains to Christianity.

The platform uses a personality compatibility matching system. Which boosts your chances of finding a match, hence, a partner.

Silver Singles understands that, given your age, you’re likely to fall prey to fraudsters. They’ve put in place fraud detection systems, including SSL Encryption, to counter it.

Join with your email address and access daily matches, all for free.

6. Christian Cupid – Best Dating Site for Christian Single Men
Members seek serious relationships
More females than males
Detailed profiles
Users are Christ-centered
Free membership
It can be difficult finding a dating platform that favors male Christians, gender wise, but Christian Cupid has got you covered. The site boasts more women than men, meaning you’ll bump into more-than-enough women here.

The members here are Christ-centered, too, and are looking for serious relationships. Which doesn’t compromise your Christina faith, right?

Christian Cupid features pretty detailed profiles, for you. It couldn’t be handier skimming through potential matches’ details before throwing in the opening line. It also lets you contact the members you’re “slightly familiar with.”

Using your email address, join this less-crowded site for free and search for possible partners.

7. Christian Café – Best for Christian Interracial Dating
Exclusive to Christians
Membership is multinational
An active user base
Millions of members
Filter matches for free
Christian Cafe helps Christian singles find potential interracial partners. The platform boasts members from several different nationalities so you choose accordingly.

The user base here couldn’t be more active. Which only means you could be contacted by potential matches when you’re least expecting it.

And the fact that you’ve got millions of members (with an equal gender proportion) to check out is a bonus.

Christian Cafe boasts a dozen freebies, too, including filtering matches and participating in online forums.

8. BlackPeopleMeet – Best for Black Christian Dating




Filter members by religion
A large user base
Near-proportional gender balance
The site is easy to use
Free membership
In an era where the Christian African-American community isn’t well represented in mainstream dating spots, BlackPeopleMeet could help seal the gap. Like OurTime, this platform lets you filter users based on useful metrics, such as religion.

And thanks to the large user base here, potential match options are limitless — increasing your chances of running into a partner. This site boasts uncountable visitors per month, too.

Another plus is the near-proportional gender balance, which creates an almost-equal opportunity for every member. Join this easy-to-navigate for free, with your email address, and get the ball rolling.

9. OurTime
Filter members by religion
A large user base
Detailed profiles
Video-chat feature
Membership is free
For the Christian singles looking to hit the dating scene at 50+, you might want to look no further than OurTime. While the site doesn’t cater to Christians exclusively, they let you filter members based on religion, among other parameters.

Considering the platform has a large user base (with millions of visitors per month), you have a ton of potential matches for your pick, which boosts the likelihood of finding a partner.

The video-chat feature is a bonus, and the detailed user profiles give a quick picture of potential dates before you even get to know them.

And did we say membership at OurTime is complimentary? You only need to join with your email address.

10. Match.Com
Filter users by religion
A reliable gender split
A large user base
Member activity is high
Complimentary membership months
Are you a believer seeking a spot with a reliable gender balance? Then you might want to give Match.Com a shot. The platform’s good gender ratio means there’s a man for every woman, and vice versa.

And while this site isn’t exclusive to Christians, you can filter users by religion.

Member activity couldn’t be higher at Match.Com, making for hassle-free communication with potential matches. And the platform gives you six free membership months should you fail to find a match in your first three months.

This site boasts a large user base, too. You can cast your net as wide as possible, boosting your chances of finding a match.

11. Catholic Match – Best Catholic Dating Site
Dedicated to serving Catholics
Members are active
The gender ratio is proportional
Detailed profiles
Complimentary membership months
Believers of the Catholic faith, raise your hands! Catholic Match could be holding your life partner. The members here are pretty active — and it couldn’t be easier for them to make the first move, just in case you don’t.

And because there are just as many men as women on the platform, it’s unlikely you’re going to be fighting potential dates. Another plus is the detailed user profiles on the platform – these make for a quick assessment of possible partners before breaking the ice.

And should you, in any case, fail to land a match in your first six months, Catholic Match gives you extra membership months, for free.

12. Christian Dating for Free – Best Free Christian Dating Site
Members disclose their religion
Compatible matches
Reliably safe
Unlimited daily matches
A ton of free features
Have you ever wondered if dating a Christian online could be done almost free of charge? Wonder no more, for this platform avails most of its functionalities for free. This includes messaging other users and participating in forums.

Christian Dating For Free also requires members to disclose their religion. This only means you’ll rarely bump into non-Christians here.

Another plus is you’re matched with dates that are compatible with your personality. This helps do one thing: increase your chances of finding a companion.

This platform is reliably safe to use, limiting fraudulent cases. They offer you unlimited matches every day, too.

13. Zoosk – Best Christian Friendly Dating App




Filter users by religion
High member activity
Compatible matches
A reliable gender split
Free membership
If you’re a single Christian who fancies apps, Zoosk might come in handy. While the app isn’t exclusive to Christians, you can filter members based on religion, among other metrics. The platform’s behavioral matchmaking system ensures compatible matches, which is a plus.

Thanks to the high member activity at Zoosk, other users could make the first move easily, boosting your chances of finding a match. And the reliable gender balance means there’s someone for everyone.

Account validation is strict so you hardly bump into a bot. Sign up for free and access dating advice on this platform that’s accessible on the go, both on Android and iOS devices.

Dating Sites for Christian Singles: Your Questions Answered




How to Choose the Best Dating Site for Christians
Just in case you want to dig for more platforms, in addition to what we’ve listed above, here are some pro tips to consider.

Read feedback from real users to get an overview of a potential platform.
For safety purposes, ensure a potential site processes payments securely — and verifies user accounts.
Decide whether you want a platform that caters to Christians exclusively or one that lets you filter users based on religion like the top dating site for singles allows.
Pick a site with a dating app, if you’re always on the go.
Choose a site with a reliable gender balance; it boosts your chances of finding a match.
Go for a spot with a large user base, if you’re looking to cast your net wide.
What Are the Advantages of Christian Dating Sites?




While there’s a ton of non-religious dating spots, here’s why you want to stick to sites that help you find Christian dates:

You’re likely going to get a Christian match, hence, someone who shares the same faith as you.
If you’re a staunch Christian, who believes in purity before marriage, you could find a compatible partner hassle-free.
You’ll probably raise your kids in a Godly way, should you ultimately tie the knot.
Some of these platforms match you based on Biblical principles, and divorce is unlikely.
What Are the Most Popular Christian Dating Sites?
Dating for Christians couldn’t be more religious with these popular spots you might want to get started with:

Are All the Singles on Christian Dating Sites Truly Believers?




Not really. While the vast majority of folks on these online dating platforms are true Christians, it’s not uncommon to bump into a few who’re not.

Some people could be in these spots for totally different reasons. Some could be adventurous, and some more might be fraudsters looking to prey on innocent Christians.

Which is why you should not trust a match at first sight, or during your initial meetups.

The Takeaway on Christian Dating Sites
Dating as a Christian need not be complicated! We, therefore, hope the above entries help you find compatible men and women, and, ultimately, a Christ-centered life partner.

Our Winner is eHarmony. The platform boasts a section of Christian singles, who’re seeking marriage-focused connections. The first and second runner-ups are Christian Mingle and Elite Singles, respectively. Both sites boast verified user profiles.

Now, go mingle with Christ-centered singles online; you could be walking down the aisle in just a few months.

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Top 10 Jewish Dating Sites To Find Love In 2021: Meet Jewish Singles Online For Free
We’ve got just what you wanted. MORE Jewish dating sites to meet that nice jewish girl or boy you didn’t realize you needed.

Just remember, if you get rejected on nine out of ten, we have a list of ten sites here and it only takes one success to make it all worth your while.

After the top ten list, we have a review for each site that includes pros and cons for the site, and measures it against benchmarks like male to female ratio, percent of Jewish singles, and price. The top scoring Jewish dating platforms rank higher than those with lower scores.

The 10 Best Jewish Dating Websites
Best matching-making system – eHarmony
Best site exclusively for Jewish singles – Jdate
Best for Jewish singles age 30+ – Elite Singles
Best platform for international relationships – Zoosk
Best Jewish dating app – JSwipe
Best dating platform for 50+ Jewish users – SilverSingles
Best dating site for offline Jewish events – JewishCafe.Com
Best free site – OkCupid
Site for casual dating – JPeopleMeet.Com
Best Jewish matchmaking site – SawYouAtSinai.Com
1. EHarmony – Best Jewish Matching System




Pros

Matches Jewish singles bases on compatibility
Helped over a million couples find love
Best for building long-term partnerships
The sign-up process is easy and thorough
Cons

Registration fees are pricey
No search function
eHarmony has helped thousands of men and women find love, and you can see that yourself when going through their success stories. Because eHarmony is continually updating its platform, it always finds ways to include more diversity in dating.

Because of this, eHarmony effectively matches Jewish singles based on their personality, interests, and compatibility. You can even see the evidence for yourself since eHarmony boasts of having helped bring countless couples together.

While it’s a little pricey, it’s worth paying extra to take advantage of eHarmony’s intelligent matching software that’ll help you find your other half for the long-term.

2. JDate – Best Jewish App Features




Pros

Includes a free limited membership
Emphasizes heavy-detailed profiles
Jewish singles events available online and offline
Offers a user-friendly website and app
Cons

Only paying members can message others
No matching feature
Jdate is an excellent option for singles looking for love. The platform has many local Jewish men and women to get through and even has a very straightforward sign-up process.

It includes fun features such as ”Secret Admirer” where it’s easy to mark a profile of a person they like, and the app will help them find out if the other person feels the same way. While it lacks the matching feature, it offers thousands of profiles to browse through and even provides both online and offline events.

There is also a feature called the ‘’Kibitz’’ corner, where you can respond to daily questions and see what others said too, making it an effective icebreaker while communicating with different singles.

3. EliteSingles – Best Dating Websites for Jewish 30+ Singles




Pros

Includes a personality questionnaire
Thousands of members to connect with
Most members have a University education
Runs background checks
Cons

Limited features without a paid subscription
The personality test is lengthy
EliteSingles is an ideal dating site for finding 30+ Jewish singles to form lasting connections with. Since most of the members have a university education or a stable job, it’s the ideal platform to look for someone reliable and serious.

Its in-depth personality survey is highly effective for finding your best match, especially if you’re looking for somebody who is very traditional and strictly follows Kosher, or if you prefer someone more laid-back. It’s also a good platform for non-Jewish individuals who wish to date Jewish.

While the registration process is lengthy, EliteSingles want to get all the fine details of your personality so that it can connect you with other like-minded singles.

4. Zoosk – Best Jewish Dating Platform for Serious Relationships




Pros

Boasts 40 million users from around the globe
Features great usability
Ideal for any age or gender
Wide coverage to find local or international Jewish matches
Cons

Extra features are costly
Few match suggestions
With Zoosk, it’s easy to browse both local or international singles around the world. It’s also the best dating website for serious people who want something long term – making it an ideal alternative for the kind and conservative men or women who are looking for something more real.

Zoosk allows you to look for exclusively Jewish singles using its advanced search function. All you need to do is type in ‘’Jewish,’’ and you can even refine by appearance, age, religion, and more.

While the Zoosk coins are expensive, they are fun to enhance your experience by boosting your profile and other perks.

5. Jswipe – Best for the Jewish Community




Pros

Plenty of young users in their 20s
Free app available
User-friendly interface
Most are looking for something long-term
Cons

Most app users are in big cities like New York or Tel Aviv
Not as many people as on other apps
JSwipe, from the creators of JDate, provides a user-friendly app where you can swipe left or right to find your ideal match, after which you’ll be greeted with a cheerful, celebratory hora dance and Mazel Tov! It also includes handy profile settings where you can see if the other person is traditional or conservative.

Otherwise known as the Jewish Tinder, users can find many like-minded singles on this platform to connect with. Unfortunately, because this is a very niche app, there aren’t as many members as on other more popular sites.

6. SilverSingles – Best Dating Platform for 50+ Jewish Users




Pros

Matching based on personality compatibility
Ideal for serious members looking for love
Most members have university degrees
Includes a ‘Favorites” list
Cons

Only Premium members can send messages
Doesn’t have too many users
SilverSingles helped thousands of couples find love in America because of their unique matchmaking algorithm. Because they mainly cater this website to older individuals, it’s the perfect place to find a serious partner to settle down with.

Matching is also based on personality types, so it’s easier to find other Jewish singles who think alike in terms of traditions, values, and what kind of relationship they’re looking for.

However, for this reason, there aren’t too many members online, but if you reside in the United States, it’s worth looking into.

7. Jpeoplemeet.Com – Good Jewish Dating Mobile App
Pros

It’s free to browse
Users can like and comment on pictures
Shows individuals Kosher practice
Includes special functions
Cons

Doesn’t have a mobile application version
Few members available
JpeopleMeet is free to browse through and even join. This platform is catered mainly for Jewish men and women to find their perfect match, and it includes helpful details on profiles – such as how often one attends the synagogue or if they keep Kosher.

There aren’t too many people online to chat at a time, but it makes up for that with its free plan and affordable membership fees.

8. JewishCafe.Com – Best Dating Site for Offline Jewish Events




Pros

Includes a 3-week free trial
Affordable membership fees
Can search users by criteria
Sponsored offline Jewish events
Cons

Not many Jewish people
Clunky website design
JewishCafe is where you’ll find other singles that share the same values as you to attend offline events with. The search function allows you to look for your ideal man or woman with specific criteria, such as their religious affiliation, ethnic background, and more.

While there aren’t too many active members, it’s still a great platform to try out at no cost for three weeks to find a kind and like-minded match suitable for you.

9. OkCupid – Best Free Jewish Dating Site




Pros

Huge and active user base
Available in all app stores
Match compatibility based on personality
Unique algorithm system to meet other singles
Cons

Free users can’t see likes
Not many serious singles
OkCupid is designed similarly to Tinder, in that it’s easy to find a match through a quick swipe and send a flirty wink after. There are also fun questions to answer that show your personality type, which in turn presents you with like-minded Jewish users to swipe right on.

While it’s a nice interface for a single, young person, it might not be the ideal alternative if you’re looking for someone to settle down with.

10. SawYouAtSinai.Com – Best Jewish Matchmaking Site




Pros

Plenty of traditional dating tips
You’ll have two matchmakers
Helped thousands of singles find love
Cons

No native app available
Can’t browse through other’s profiles
SawYouAtSinai is designed for people who are very serious about finding love and settling down.

Their unique matchmaking system employs traditional methods of helping thousands of men and women find their ideal match in their area. This is a serious Jewish singles site that may not be for everyone.

Best Jewish Dating Sites FAQ How Can I Be Successful on Jewish Dating Sites?
It’s important to remember that dating websites are all about how you portray yourself, regardless of your beliefs. Therefore, first impressions matter, so take care to showcase your most natural self when setting a profile picture.

Also, be open about what type of career you have, what you’re looking for in a relationship, and the hobbies you enjoy. Including these details will paint a clear picture in the other person’s head, and might make the dating process easier.

Most dating apps and sites have unique algorithms that will help you to find your ideal match. Therefore, you must be as honest as possible on your profile and believe in the process.

What About Jewish Dating Culture?
Jewish dating culture emphasizes the importance of tradition, family values, and religion. The Jewish law (Talmud ) states that it’s forbidden for a man or woman to marry if they don’t hold favor in their eyes during the first meeting. This makes it no different from today’s dating process.

Additionally, each individual will have different backgrounds and beliefs, so it’s essential to be aware of them before and remain open-minded.

Are Only Jewish People Allowed to Register on the Jewish Dating Sites?
Dating out of your usual niche can be a fun and rewarding experience.

And while some sites are exclusively for Jewish singles, there are many platforms like eHarmony and EliteSingles where anyone can join. But a non-Jewish individual should remember the unique customs and beliefs that are present.

Why Should I Focus on Using Jewish Dating Sites?
Jewish dating platforms are built for people who share the same values about love and tradition. You’ll also be exposed to thousands of unique profiles of people with diverse backgrounds, religious practices, and more.

Also, there are a variety of different dating platforms out there, like the old-school matchmaking sites like SawYouAtSinai.Com. Or younger people could benefit more from more updated versions like JDate.

If I Am Not Jewish, Do I Need to Become Jewish to Date a Jewish Person?
Jewish dating is not only limited to Jewish people, and there are many pros to dating a Jewish man or woman. Of course, historically, the Talmud states that a marriage between a non-Jewish individual and one who isn’t, is strictly prohibited, but things are quickly changing nowadays.

However, it’s vital to remain open-minded and respectful of the other person’s customs and religion.

On other apps like JSwipe or Jdate, it’s also possible to put your religious orientation like ‘’Willing to Convert’’, which shows potential dates that you’re interested in their faith, which is a bonus for some.

What to Keep in Mind When Dating a Jewish Man
When you match up with a Jewish man, and you’re getting ready for your first date, here are some things to consider.

For one, he is more committed. Since they spent their young life attending Hebrew school, it taught them the value of loyalty, respect, and the importance of long-term commitments. He might also be more down to earth, practical, and with his eye constantly on the future. He may already have a decent career or ambitious goals, which is a plus.

What to Keep in Mind When Dating a Jewish Woman
A Jewish woman is also ambitious and very career-oriented. She won’t be afraid to speak her mind, which is a good thing. She’s someone that you can trust and build a long-lasting, loving relationship with.

Usually, they are also fantastic cooks, having learned many delicious recipes from their mothers.

However, keep in mind that these are just some of the common stereotypes. Everyone you’ll meet online or offline will be inherently different and unique in their own way.

Do All Jewish People Look for Serious Relationships?
That’s not always the case, while in traditional Jewish dating, the goal is to find someone to settle down with, today, casual dating is on the rise, especially between non-Jewish and Jewish individuals.

It’s vital that before you join any dating platform that you decide what kind of relationships you’re looking for. If it’s something more serious and you want to settle down, eHarmony, EliteSingles, and SawYouAtSinai are more suited for that.

Top Jewish Dating Sites: The Main Takeaway
Finding your genuine match online is both a fun and daunting experience, and we hope we made it easier with our top recommendation review.

We found eHarmony to be the best choice for finding your mate online. It comes with a unique matching system that uses your data to match you with someone who’ll compliment your personality well. While other dating platforms such as JDate offer a fun swiping function to find your next date.

Let us know what you think of the top Jewish dating platforms and if you’ve tried out any of them. Thanks for reading.






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Jan 21st 2021, 11:15 pm
What Are the Advantages of Christian Dating Sites?




While there’s a ton of non-religious dating spots, here’s why you want to stick to sites that help you find Christian dates:

You’re likely going to get a Christian match, hence, someone who shares the same faith as you.
If you’re a staunch Christian, who believes in purity before marriage, you could find a compatible partner hassle-free.
You’ll probably raise your kids in a Godly way, should you ultimately tie the knot.
Some of these platforms match you based on Biblical principles, and divorce is unlikely.
What Are the Most Popular Christian Dating Sites?
Dating for Christians couldn’t be more religious with these popular spots you might want to get started with:

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Dating Sites for Christian Singles: Your Questions Answered




How to Choose the Best Dating Site for Christians
Just in case you want to dig for more platforms, in addition to what we’ve listed above, here are some pro tips to consider.

Read feedback from real users to get an overview of a potential platform.
For safety purposes, ensure a potential site processes payments securely — and verifies user accounts.
Decide whether you want a platform that caters to Christians exclusively or one that lets you filter users based on religion like the top dating site for singles allows.
Pick a site with a dating app, if you’re always on the go.
Choose a site with a reliable gender balance; it boosts your chances of finding a match.
Go for a spot with a large user base, if you’re looking to cast your net wide.
What Are the Advantages of Christian Dating Sites?