ChiTribe is Your Chicago Jewish Dating Central
ChiTribe recognizes the changing landscape of the Jewish community in Chicago, with individuals getting married later and adopting more modern approaches to dating. As a result, ChiTribe is committed to facilitating opportunities for Jewish singles of all ages and backgrounds. Since the first Jewish speed dating event in Chicago, organized by JDate place in 2001, ChiTribe is ready to revamp this tried and tested fast-paced, low-pressure environment for the year 2023. Use this webpage to find all the options available for Jewish dating in Chicago.
Meet the ChiTribe Matchmakers – click to learn more
ChiTribe is proud to introduce two innovative matchmakers revolutionizing the Jewish dating scene in Chicago: Talia Aloush and Rivka Yeker. Talia (she/her) is a 23-year-old entrepreneur who has made waves by launching InLuv Matchmaking and teaming up with ChiTribe. Rivka (they/them) specializes in LGBTQIA+ matchmaking, ensuring that the community’s dating needs are met with understanding and inclusivity. Together, Talia and Rivka are committed to making meaningful connections within the Jewish community.
Matchmaking + Speed Dating in Chicago
The Jewish Roots of Speed Dating in Chicago
Did you know the very concept of speed dating has its roots in Jewish culture and traditions? In the 1990s, Rabbi Yaacov Deyo and his wife Sue created the first speed dating event in Los Angeles as a way to help Jewish singles find a partner in a fun and efficient way. According to an article in The New York Times, Rabbi Deyo’s speed dating concept  quickly spread throughout the Jewish community and eventually became a popular dating method worldwide.
The first Jewish speed dating event in Chicago was organized by the Jewish dating site JDate and took place back in 2001 . The event was held at a local bar and attracted a diverse group of Jewish singles looking to meet other singles in their age range. JSwipe had its moment in Chicago from 2016-2019 (generously) and Lox Club is trying to develop a presence in the city.
In the last decade, the rise of dating apps such as Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge, in tandem with the decline of JDate and JSwipe, has caused a decline in speed dating events and a gap in the Jewish dating space . Obviously, being able to swipe through potential matches from the comfort of your home makes any Jewish single reconsider attending in-person events.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the dating landscape once again [4 Refer to ChiTribe Jewish Pandemic Dating in Chicago from 2020]. After years of Facetime dating, and pandemic isolation, Jewish singles are ready for low barrier, face-to-face interactions and real-life people instead of profiles. As life slowly returns to normal, ChiTribe is an active part of the resurgence of Jewish speed dating events in Chicago. We are developing our own software to optimize the process and make it tech driven to help use data analytics to effectively.
As the Jewish community of Chicago continues to evolve, get married later, and modernize, ChiTribe is working to make it easier for Jewish singles of all ages to meet potential partners and building meaningful connections with others.
Since February 2023, ChiTribe has been hosting successful speed dating events in partnership with various Jewish organizations in Chicago. The first event was held on February 16 in partnership with Anshe Emet YAD, and it was specifically designed for Jewish singles between the ages of 22-35. The event had a total of 54 attendees, who were able to experience over 20 dates and fill out a form to indicate their matches at the end of the night. All matches were sent out within five days of the event.
ChiTribe is working in partnership with Anshe Emet YAD, Temple Sholom Makom 40s & 50s, InLuv Matchmaking, and more to continue to bring back this popular way for singles to meet in a low-pressure environment. Talk about bringing sexy back…ChiTribe is bringing Jewish speed dating back to Chicago and better than ever!