Like any Jewish mother trying to marry off her precious son, Yenta, the Grindr for Jews, is now resorting to the final step–cash bribes. The app’s users were treated to a lovely email greeting yesterday from Yenta CEO Luba Tolkachyov, which said the company will now pay you to go on a date with another Jewish smart phone user.
Yenta will foot the bill of your romantic Jewish lovefest just as long as both of you are registered Yenta members and your food bill doesn’t exceed $100.. You also have to let Ms. Tolkachyov know about your rendezvous seven days in advance, so that the Yenta team can make the proper payment arrangements with your desired dining establishment.
The guilt that a Jewish mother imposes on her own children can knot up your stomach worse than fasting on Yom Kippur. And nothing brings out that motherly nag like the institution of marriage, specifically their matronly desire for Jew on Jew marriage–the holiest of holies.
Luckily there’s now Yenta, a location based dating app for young Jewish singles, straight or gay. Upon starting up it tells you to “find your Jewboo.” It’s like Jdate on wheels, or Grindr in synagogue. Tara Palmeri from The New York Post put the app to the test on Thursday. However, as a gay Jew with an iPhone, who’s ready to meet the culturally Jewish husband of his mother’s dreams, we feel better qualified to assess the neuroses that happen when two Jews connect. The app doesn’t expressly promise that it will get you hitched, but we’ve decided to include that as a factor since it’s the endgame for all Jewish singles–or so their yentas hope.