The database gives the matchmaker access to potentially thousands more singles than he or she could otherwise come to know.When a match seems promising, the matchmaker releases profiles and pictures to both parties. Jennifer Wise Miller, a married social worker and volunteer matchmaker with JMontreal, requests a call after the first date. There was the woman, for example, who wondered why her date would ask nothing deeper than where she liked to shop.
Australia was their proving ground, where "j-junction" has been operating since 2006 with 11 marriages to its credit. A site called "Saw You At Sinai," established in 2003, also combines matchmakers and a database.
But SYAS founder Marc Goldmann, who gave his computer model to the nonprofit J sites and has a financial stake in them, says there are a few crucial differences.
To send personal messages, it is necessary to upgrade to a paid plan.
A percentage of all fees goes directly to tzedaka, or charity.
"Their matchmakers are spending a tremendous amount of time with each individual," Goldmann said.