IT was a cool Friday evening a few months ago, and foot traffic was brisk in the stairwells of the Westmont, a story apartment building at Columbus Avenue and 96th Street. The Westmont is home to large numbers of young Orthodox Jews, and because pressing elevator buttons is forbidden on the Sabbath, which begins Friday evening, the many young people who had been invited to dinners in the building were hiking up multiple flights to reach their destinations. Young men wearing dark suits pressed against the walls as young women in pencil skirts and high heels carefully made their way up the stairs, balancing berry pies and dishes of potato salad in their arms. One of the dinners took place in the 12th-floor apartment of Baruch November, a year-old Orthodox man.
One symbol for being gay is a triangle, and when two triangles like each other a lot, they make a Star of David. That, at least, is the idea behind a feature that has been added to JDate. Under the new feature, which was incorporated into the site in November, it is possible to specify the sex of the person being sought; until then, people simply identified themselves as men or women -- the assumption being that everyone was heterosexual. Dan Levin, a year-old resident of the East Village, complained about the matter to JDate's corporate offices. Levin, who works for the nonprofit Jewish Coalition for Service, added that the JDate representative he spoke with had assured him that gay searches would start "in a few weeks.
By Melissa Klein. A new service to help Orthodox Jews make love connections posted unauthorized profiles of hundreds of singles, exposing their private information to would-be suitors. Platt is among those who took to Facebook to complain about the security breach, which was even reported to a religious court. Orthodox singles seeking a partner often give their profiles — known as a shidduch resume — to friends or respected matchmakers who might have a prospect for them.
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