He was the boy next door....
Match #: 1835&1836
I was looking all over the world for my husband but never in a million years did I think that he would be from my home city.
I lived in California 12 months, New York two years and Jerusalem two years, and shidduch after shidduch failed.
I came back to Melbourne to visit my family and work for a few months before making aliyah to Israel.
I was down, sad and literally gave up. One day I cancelled my "paid" premium membership on two dating websites. JWed sent me a message back saying we are sorry to see you go, but you have two weeks left of your membership, so see how you go.
As a joke, I typed in keyword "Melbourne" and looked at guys in the USA. Four profiles came up and as a joke, again, I wrote two very brief emails to two guys.
One of them wrote back and his email was so fabulous. I took a closer look at his profile. Pics were adorable and his profile and my profile were almost identical, despite the fact that I was a lot more religious than him at the time.
Cautious from bad dating situations, I took my time showing my picture, getting onto gmail chat before I finally gave him my number to call (a few months and many emails later).
Our first phone conversation was really nice. I felt like I knew him and the conversation came easily to both of us.
We still could not believe how we grew up in the same city, went to the same schools, but had never actually met. There were so many people we had in common!
In truth, both of us were so disillusioned with Melbourne dating. He went to Japan at 19, I went to the US. He went to work in California for 5 years, I went to work in Manhattan and then later went to learn in Israel in seminary.
How do two Jews from the same hometown meet after living abroad since 2003? JWed.
After emailing, chatting and skyping for 5 months (he was living in California at the time I contacted him), he came to Australia to see me (that was Dec 2008). He proposed 10 days later and we were married 3 months later in Melbourne, Australia.
Neither of us thought we would ever marry a fellow Australian, let alone someone who grew up a few blocks away in our suburb.
I thank Hashem for making JWed the shaliach of our shidduch. In a few weeks we will be celebrating our second year anniversary.
Leave a Comment