Derek Saker
Co-founder and CEO of

Despite Covid-19, Surpasses 3,500 Married (formerly recently passed the celebratory milestone of 3,500 members married.

The website service was a trailblazer, launched in 2001 to empower Jewish singles to find their bashert.  With over 3,500+ known marriages, is the most successful online Jewish dating for marriage service.

Notwithstanding the months of Covid-19, membership has actually grown and as Co-founder and CMO Derek Saker says, “In distressing times like the current world situation, the challenges of being alone are compounded for many and really only further motivates those who are marriage-minded, to find their soulmate.”

Nevertheless JWed is mitigating the toll the virus may have on the dating lives of Jewish singles. Ben Rabizadeh Co-founder and CEO says “With video chat and a date scheduler, JWed, has created a dating experience that mirrors the authenticity of a night out in Central Park – daters still dress up, have stimulating conversations, and engage in the same witty banter that they’d expect on an in-person date. The only difference is the screen between them.”

Saker is the first to stress that JWed certainly does not see itself as the panacea of the challenges in Jewish dating. He says JWed always encourage singles to utilize many different forums in meeting others.

That said, he points to the empowering success of, which enables all Jewish singles – whether observant or those halachically Jewish and less-affiliated – to take charge and conduct their own searches within the largest network of authentic and sincere marriage-minded Jewish singles.

He believes the success is nowhere more expressed then in the statistic that 65% of all JWed marriages are woman initiated – where the first contact was made by a female member, reaching out to a male member.

As he conveys – in the traditional Jewish dating world, and certainly the observant  world, very often it is the women who must play second-fiddle and wait by the phone as it were – and where taking the initiative may even be frowned upon.

He adds “With JWed, members know who they are, and know what they are looking for – and have little till no inhibitions in taking the driving seat.”

With JWed averaging 8 marriages a month, it seems many are finding their bashert at the right place.

About the Author's Derek Saker, is an internationalist having lived and worked in South Africa, England, the U.S. and Israel. Most importantly he speaks fluent Afrikaans. He moved from New York to London, England in 2019 for the weather and because his wife is English. He is co-founder and CEO of Frumster/JWed the most successful online Jewish dating for marriage service. Between 2007 and 2019, he was privileged to serve as Director of Communications at Ohel Children's Home and Family Services - the largest Jewish social service agency outside Israel. Derek is an Advisory Board Member of the National Jewish Assembly. (NJA)