November 2, 2012 -- /MARKETWIRE via COMTEX/ -- JDate, the largest and most successful Jewish singles community, and 92nd Street Y, the nonprofit community and cultural center in New York, today announced a strategic partnership aimed at furthering their shared mission of building and strengthening Jewish communities.
JDate, which is responsible for more Jewish marriages than all other dating sites combined, will be the exclusive dating partner for 92Y through March 2013. JDate members will have special access to the organization's most popular events, classes and Jewish Life programming, with offers including VIP access, priority tickets, specialty cocktails and other benefits.
"For more than 15 years, JDate has been dedicated to building and strengthening the Jewish community. That mission includes not only providing our members with an unparalleled experience online, but also giving them unique opportunities to connect with their local Jewish communities," said Greg Liberman, CEO of JDate's owner and operator, Spark Networks. "Our partnership with 92Y gives JDaters the unique opportunity to gather at an iconic organization that is a staple of New York Jewish Life."
For nearly 140 years, 92Y has been dedicated to enriching the lives of people from all walks of life, offering an extraordinary breadth and depth of community and cultural programming. In 2008, 92Y opened its downtown venue, 92YTribeca, to enrich the cultural landscape of downtown New York and serve the varied needs of the downtown community.
"92nd Street Y is committed to serving the broadest possible Jewish community through a huge variety of entry points, including Jewish Life programming and cultural programs in person and online that appeal to the needs of our contemporary Jewish population," said Sol Adler, Executive Director of 92nd Street Y. "This partnership with JDate provides a terrific opportunity for us to bring people together in the context of smart conversation and premier cultural experiences."
JDate and 92Y will partner on a total of six premium events through March 2013. Upcoming JDate-partnered 92 events include:
- The Daily Show Live: Stand-up Comedy from The Daily Show's Staff - Thursday, Nov. 8 at 9 p.m. Emmy-winning writer and executive producer Rory Albanese will gather his fellow stand-up comedians from The Daily Show for a night of live comedy at 92YTribeca. Guests include Judy Gold, JR Havlin, Adam Lowitt and Benari Poulten.
- Rachael Ray in Conversation with Joy Behar - Thursday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. Food Network host, cookbook author and culinary magnate Rachael Ray will sit down with award-winning talk show host and comedian Joy Behar to discuss her new book and her experiences as a home cook.
For more information about JDate and 92Y partnership events, visit www.jdate.com/92Y.
With more than 650,000 active members worldwide, JDate ( www.JDate.com , www.JDate.co.uk , www.JDate.co.il and www.JDate.fr ) is the leading online community for Jewish singles. JDate is owned and operated by Spark Networks, Inc ( www.Spark.net ), one of the world's leading providers of online personals services. Spark Networks' shares trade on the NYSE MKT under the symbol "LOV" (nyse mkt:LOV). In addition to JDate, the Spark Networks portfolio of consumer websites includes, among others, ChristianMingle(R).com ( www.ChristianMingle.com ), BlackSingles.com(R) ( www.BlackSingles.com ) and SilverSingles(R).com ( www.SilverSingles.com ). For more information about JDate.com and its partners or events, please contact Formula PR at 310-578-7050.
About 92nd Street Y
92nd Street Y is a world-class nonprofit community and cultural center that connects people at every stage of life to the worlds of education, the arts, health and wellness, and Jewish life. A community of communities, 92Y is a home for candid, thoughtful discussions on the most pressing issues of our time. 92Y's Jewish Life community welcomes everyone who wants to connect with Jewish culture, identity and tradition, with no barriers to access and a huge range of entry points -- cultural, intellectual, spiritual and communal. We provide a place for people of all ages to discover and follow pathways to meaningful, joyous and proud Jewish journeys. Through the breadth and depth of 92Y's extraordinary programs, we enrich lives, create community and elevate humanity. Every year, more than 400,000 people visit 92Y's New York City venues, and millions more join us through the Internet, satellite broadcasts and other digital media. A proudly Jewish organization since its founding in 1874, 92Y embraces its heritage and enthusiastically welcomes people of all backgrounds and perspectives. For more information, visit www.92Y.org.