Like other women, Misha Mitchell, who also goes by the screen name "Shiksa," likes the characteristic dark features of many Jewish men, but she said her connection to Jews and Judaism goes beyond physical or personality preferences.
Mitchell, who grew up in Idaho, began to stray from her strict Roman Catholic upbringing when she was 13.
She said that while she's not traditionally religious, Judaism has attracted her in a spiritual way.
"The traditions are beautiful and they make sense," she said.
Toner, 26, signed up on about 10 dating Web sites--including personals, lavalife.com, singlesnet.com, and JDate.
Though he is a practicing Catholic who goes to church on holidays, "Religion doesn't really factor into the situation," he said.
"They cross all sorts of boundaries because it's so easy to cross them." For Rabbi Adam Jacobs, managing director in New York of Aish Ha Torah, an Orthodox outreach program, the trend is a mixed blessing at best.
"Since intermarriage is one of the serious problems facing the Jewish community, I am concerned," he said.
December, 2002 Reprinted with permission from the Forward.
When Jennifer signed on to JDate.com, an Internet service for Jewish singles, she had a certain guy in mind.
Egon Mayer, a professor of sociology at Brooklyn College who has studied interfaith marriage, said that he is not surprised at the trend.