Unlike popular dating apps such as Tinder, Ackerman, 44, insists that Tribe is “specifically not a hook up app; it’s about making real connections.” It's also different from predecessor JDate in a number of ways."JDate is primarily a website, and charges users a monthly fee to use it.
This match limit, Ackerman says, is meant to encourage Tribe users to take the time to really check out other users and be more thoughtful in their search for love.“It’s a dating app to end all dating apps because people actually go on dates,” Ackerman said.
Sometimes the city makes it hard for people to meet their mensch the old fashioned way. Ackerman, a New York native and serial entrepreneur, launched a new dating app for Jewish singles in the city last month.
Ackerman asserts that the app, Tribe, will aid in ensuring the continuity of Jewish identity in generations to come."Tribe is an avenue where Jews can meet other Jews, and thereby help maintain the continuity of the Jewish people," he said.
The crowd is hushed as Erin Davis a 30-year-old, waif-like blond, our host for the night, announces it’s time for ice breakers, where we’ll read funny and ironic facts about each other and guess who it could be.
Later I’ll leave after arranging a date with an adorable man handpicked by Davis whom my mother would kvell—ahem, gush—over.
She started hosting at least one Shabbat dinner a month in 2013.