Lisa, 24 and George, 27 both from LA didn’t know each other until meeting through SawYouAtSinai. They live there now after getting married in April.
What was your first impression?
L: Really quickly I thought it was serious
Where did you go on your first date?
L: A hotel lobby
Did you know right away that this was your match?
L: It took a while, we went on one date a week and by the third week we went on three dates and talked so much then, that by the 6th week I had a feeling he was the one.
Is he exactly what you always thought you wanted?
L: I had always thought I wanted to marry and Israeli, with a similar background to me, but he is completely not that. He was born in Iran and then moved to Canada and then LA for work. My personality is too high energy for what he was looking for.
How long did you date before becoming engaged?
L: 4 months
What was the proposal like?
We went to where we had our first date, to the rooftop of the hotel. It was really nice. I was not surprised because we were planning their engagement party before we got the ring.
How did you go about meeting people before SawYouAtSinai? Did you use other dating sites?
L: I didn’t use any other websites. My social life was my main resource.
How long would you say you were seriously looking for someone?
L: 1 year
Did you date a lot of people before meeting each other?
L: Never seriously for marriage. He had dated many people-that’s what helped-his experience [in dating]. I went along with him.
What did you find most helpful about your matchmaker?
L: She was helpful with encouragement. My profile was unclear and she really helped with that.
How involved with the relationship was the matchmaker?
L: George’s matchmaker checked in. After 2 months we took it into our own hands and found guidance within our own community.
Did your matchmaker stick to your preferences or did she encourage you to meet people who fell outside your initial dating guidelines?
L: She gave me people a lot older and from New York and I wasn’t going to travel. I gave everyone a chance and had phone calls but nothing was significant.
Were you hesitant to try online dating before you started?
L: Yes, I was for sure hesitant. But it’s not a big deal, look at it as a resource to get you where you want to be in life. I kept it a secret. I didn’t want everyone to know [I was on the website]. Everyone thought I was crazy.
What surprised me was how comfortable I felt doing it and it was really efficient. I really got a chance to see who this person was.
Any words of advice?
Expect everything. Don’t let words or a profile judge, you have to judge for yourself and give everyone a chance. You never know where your bashert is, use all your resources possible to get there.