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Initially, she intended the website to be only for Jews of Iraqi descent, but shortly after its launch, she decided to expand it to all Mizrahi Jews.

Current members trace their family histories to countries including Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Morocco.

She said she is drawn to how the site uses real-life matchmakers, as opposed to algorithms. “I find it very difficult to meet people out and about.” Arazi has already received two suggested matches from Shamash.

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S., Canada, England, the Netherlands, and Sweden — who range in age from 21 to 72.

Shamash is hoping to introduce the site in Israel as well.

People who are more religious tend to be more modest and follow traditionally Jewish customs.

Those who are less religious, and perhaps more culturally than religiously Jewish, tend to be more relaxed on the dating rules.

She explained: “If we don’t have the land under our feet and we’re floating — it’s a culture that is floating and dispersed — why not use [technology] as the ground under our feet, and find each other?

Jewish dating rules vary from family to family and from sect to sect.“I thought the way to perhaps make things approachable for their children,” she said.“I sensed that they would have liked the children to meet Mizrahi Jews, but geographical issues are a problem, [and] it wasn’t going to happen.” She thought that connections made online could be the answer.She signed up for Eldelala in May because she prefers to date someone who shares her Mizrahi background, she said, noting common food, music and mentalities.“We understand each other, so that would be important to me,” Arazi said.Still, Shamash’s goal is not to discourage marriage between Jews of Middle Eastern descent and those from other backgrounds, she said, pointing out that she has been married to her husband, an Ashkenazi Jew, for 25 years.

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