It’s a story as old as the Bible for a Jewish mother to want to marry off her single son.
But Geri Brin took the stereotype a step further when her profile of her son Colby launched a new online dating program.
“Date My Single Kid” is a subpage of the online lifestyle magazine FabOver50.com, and it is growing in popularity since its recent creation.
DMSK already has several hundred profiles of eligible guys and gals (largely in their 20s and 30s), accompanied by a photo and a brief description written by — who else? — their mothers. The moms then communicate with one another to set up dates.
Mom-crafted profiles, as opposed to ones made by the singles themselves, are more sincere and written “without pretension,” Brin told The Jewish Week.
Her pitch about her own son is, well, alliterative, if not quite over the top: “What can you say about a son who’s intelligent and introspective, fit and funny, witty and willful, curious and cultured? Not to mention good looking.”
The profile of Alana, 28, posted by her mom suggests what for some guys could be the all-too-real fear of the mother-in law: “She really has a lot to offer and I am not just saying this because she is my daughter! And she probably will kill me for doing this unless of course it works out oh and of course she is looking for a long term relationship and I am the best mother-in-law to be!! lol lol.”
Although neither Brin nor her son has qualms about interdating, they have noticed several profiles coming from Jewish families, some stating a preference for Jewish mates, others implying it through their names and descriptions.
“It’s symptomatic of Jewish culture,” says Colby, 31, of mothers trying to fix their children up. “It’s stereotypical, but I think it’s true. Particularly mothers and sons, but mothers in general who take the time and care to be a little proactive in their children’s lives.”
After media attention, including an appearance on Fox News, Colby has received literally hundreds of dating offers, both from mothers and single women themselves.
Would his mother have started the site if she weren’t Jewish?
“I think no,” admits Colby. “I think her being Jewish is an integral part of this. It’s a very Jewish idea.” And often when discussing the website, “People assume [we’re Jewish] the way we carry on together.”
“You can look as it as meddling,” says Brin, “but we’re a family. We can yell and scream at each other across the table,” but the bonds remain strong.
“It takes a lot of chutzpah for moms to do this kind of stuff,” notes Colby, “and Jewish mothers have the chutzpah.”