The site’s name is a combination of popular Jewish dating site Saw You at Sinai, and, of course, the Stonewall Inn/riots, since it targets those in the middle of the Venn Diagram of Jewishness and queerness.
The site recently finished its beta run, and Halpern is gearing up for a full launch.
“How about we get ice cream at Chelsea Market and walk along the High Line?
”) and then find someone to go with who shares your interest.
“It’s really difficult,” says Halpern, “You go on JSwipe, you swipe twice and you’re done.” Halpern is a gay woman who, fed up with limited dating app options, did what she and queer Jewish friends had been talking about for years: She made a site of her own.
As a coder, she was able to almost singlehandedly create Saw You At Stonewall.
Here’s how it works: You post the date you want to go on (i.e.Volunteer matchmakers will work with users not only to help them find a date, but to help design profiles, and open user’s options of who they’d be willing to date.This ties to one of the site’s other defining features: Sliding scales rather than labels.“There’s a stigma against bi people,” Halpern offers as an example of where labels can be limiting, “or some people hate the word lesbian.” Then, for religious observance and identity, there’s a checklist with options—lots of options: about kashrut, Shabbat, denominations, all with the ability to emphasize the importance of certain practices over others.Like queerness, Halpern knows that Jewish identity is a spectrum, or rather a huge series of intersecting spectra.