We met on JDate in August of 2010. After talking over the phone just a few times, I knew we would have a lot to talk about and share in person. I was really looking forward to meeting Arie. His sense of humor and versatile conversation style made our phone conversations so pleasant in the beginning.
We finally set up a date and had a great time talking. The chemistry was so obviously there. We soon started dating, this was the beginning of our endless love story. We have had many challenges because I’m not Jewish (I’m a Christian Orthodox), but Arie isn’t typical. He accepted me, despite my religious beliefs.
As I learned more about Judaism, I made my own decision to convert. I am now in the process of converting. I think it doesn’t matter what religion you are. If you really love somebody, God is the only opinion that matters. If you’re open-minded and flexible, you can defeat any religious obstacles.
We decided to get married on February 14, 2011 in honor of Valentine’s Day. We had a small, private ceremony with our friends at Casa Sanchez. We even had a mariachi band, making for quite a fun atmosphere!
This summer we decided to meet each other’s parents and traveled to Romania, my native country, and Israel, where Arie’s parents live. We had a wonderful vacation. It was great to see our families who give us the love and support we need! I’m really grateful for all the JDate team has done for us and I wish you guys the best! It’s possible to meet “The One” if you believe it, and if you give yourself a chance by signing up for JDate!
Justina and Arie
Los Angeles, California