On December 17, 2000 my maternal grandmother, Toby, an immigrant from Lithuania, passed away at age 90. I knew her only wish for me was to marry a Jewish man which I wanted to fulfill, so I decided to join JDate.
I began going on dates, one after the other; some good, some bad and some that turned into friendships. I was starting to lose faith that I would never find the man that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. After eight years of going on so many unsuccessful JDates, I was ready to give up on finding love, but then in November 2008, I had a glimmer of hope when I received an e-mail from a man named Ari.
After looking at his profile, I immediately thought he was attractive and I emailed him back. We continued to correspond through e-mail and phone conversations until December 28, 2008, when we decided to meet in person. On our first date, we went to lunch, but I still wasn’t sure about Ari. He continued to contact me so I decided to give him another shot. We went on our second date and that was when I knew that this was going somewhere, we were both falling very quickly and within the first month, we were in love.
Our relationship was nothing like I had ever experienced before, but I knew that it felt right, so I went forward with reckless abandonment. In April 2009, Ari and I purchased a new house together and on, April 12th on a day I thought was going to be a walk-through with the realtor, I met Ari at our new home and he proposed to me. I couldn’t believe that not only had I met the most amazing man, but that we fell in love and now I was engaged to him. I was so happy and it was all thanks to JDate.
On Sunday, May 16, 2010, Ari and I were married in a reform Jewish ceremony in Aberdeen, New Jersey. It was the most perfect day for both of us and we shared it with our family and friends. I have never felt love like this and can’t imagine my life without Ari. He is the most generous, kind-hearted, sensitive and, just all around, greatest man I have ever met…and I was lucky enough to marry him. We will forever be grateful for JDate.
Ilyse and Ari