WHAT IS YISMACH?

Yismach is not an online dating site; it’s essentially an electronic filing cabinet with search options. Recognizing the challenges faced by overwhelmed shadchanim who often receive numerous calls a day and work with resumés written on hundreds of pieces of paper, we put together a database open to all – everyone in shidduchim and every recognized established shadchan worldwide.

HOW IS YISMACH DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SITES?

In contrast, to an interactive shidduch dating site where shadchanim process individuals simply through the computer without any human aspect, Yismach still perpetuates the time tested old-fashioned shidduch system, where shadchanim get to know you by meeting you, or speaking with you on the phone and staying involved until engagement while using today's state of the art technology to expedite the dating process.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

It has never been this easy to expedite shidduchim and connect individuals with shadchanim. Simply, sign-up, complete a profile, upload a shidduch resume and picture, and keep your information up to date. Shadchanim will review your profile to begin the search for someone suitable. Some shadchanim will set up a face-to-face meeting, others will get to know you on the phone and others may meet you at meet-the-shadchanim parties. Shadchanim who have already met you will be reminded about your availability and now have easy access to your current information.

WHO CAN JOIN?

Yismach is a network. Anyone in shidduchim can put up their information. Any recognized, established, professional shadchan can have access. All of your information is strictly confidential visible to ONLY professional and well-established shadchanim. You can let only certain shadchanim have access to your up-to-date information or be visible to all.

HOW DOES YISMACH PROTECT YOUR DIGINITY?

At Yismach we protect your dignity by ensuring confidentiality. Only established, professional shadchanim can see your information and will use discretion in relaying the relevant information only to potential matches. We have installed security features so that your information is not searchable on the internet.

WHY SIGN UP TO YISMACH?

By putting your profile on Yismach, you are in effect introducing yourself to more shadchanim who will see you there and keep you in mind. Thanks to Yismach, you can be contacted by shadchanim that you wouldn’t have had the chance to turn to. Yismach shadchanim aren’t making suggestions using only profiles on the database. Every shadchan knows of hundreds of other available possibilities, so everyone who signs up could potentially be matched with any one of the people that every shadchan knows.

ARE THERE ANY GUARANTEES?

Yismach cannot guarantee that you will meet your bashert from any of the recognized and professional shadchanim who use Yismach. The shadchanim work endless hours to get to know clients and to make suggestions. There is a right one, a right time and a right shaliach. If you find that you are not getting many suggestions, please consider that in some cases the suggestion will be made to the other side who may decline the shidduch suggestion without your knowledge. Other times the suggestion may be offered and not accepted because the other side is currently dating. Or your profile may need editing, or a change of references may be in order which has prevented you from receiving suggestions. At all times you can contact us at admin@yismach.com.

HOW DO I CONTACT THE SHADCHANIM?

At this stage, shadchanim will contact you, and in the next revision of this site, you will have the option of messaging shadchanim directly. It is advisable to periodically remind those shadchanim that you have met that you are available. When you are not available, please indicate on your profile that you are busy so that shadchanim do not make suggestions and your references are not unnecessarily contacted.

WHAT ARE THE COSTS?

Yismach charges a one-time $50 or 200 shekel registration fee to cover only a small fraction of the operating costs.

HOW MUCH DO I PAY THE SHADCHAN AT MY ENGAGEMENT?

Shadchanim in the Yismach network work independently as your agents. In accordance with Hilchos Shidduchim, in the event of an engagement, you are obligated to pay the shadchan the customary shadchan fee at your engagement. The amount that each shadchan charges may vary, so be sure to ask your shadchan/shadchanit what their standard fees are.

CAN I OFFER MORE THAN THE STANDARD FEE?

In order to motivate Shadchanim who collectively worked over 1,000,000 hours without seeing any compensation, feel free to encourage them to focus more on your Shidduch by adding additional Shadchnus. Lehalacha, the Minhag is a minimum of $1,000 (amount may vary based on location and situation).

CAN I BE A SHADCHAN?

The Shadchanim on our site are established and professional. We do this to protect our clients. If however, you believe you would fit the requirements and would like to join the Yismach team, please send an email through the “contact us” page.

WHAT OTHER SERVICES DOES YISMACH PROVIDE?

We daven for everyone on Yismach at different Kivrei Tzadikim in Israel throughout the year. We have compiled the complex Hilchos Shidduchim to provide people with a clearer understanding of the Halachic issues that may arise. We periodically set up events, separate for men and women, to help facilitate Shidduchim.

HOW CAN I HELP?

Spread the word! Tell your friends! The larger and more diverse our database is, the easier it is to find everyone their true and unique match. Our goal is to make the shidduch process smoother, faster, and more efficient while still maintaining the personal connection between client and shadchan.