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A group of J-Date singles went to Israel to get it on during the Gaza crisis

Because wartime is a great time to travel overseas and find your Jewish-American soul mate, even if kids are dying


Jenny Kutner
July 25, 2014 2:28AM (UTC)

People have terror sex sometimes. It's a phenomenon that tends to happen in the midst or wake of devastating tragedies, particularly acts of violence or warfare, but it's not something that many of its participants seek out. Except for a group of Jewish-American singles between the ages of 30 and 45, who recently embarked on a J-Date-sponsored voyage to the war-plagued Land of Israel in search of their perfect matches, or just a good time.

The trip, organized by the Jewish National Fund, had several participants drop out with the heightening of the Gaza crisis -- but 24 other Americans remained undeterred, according to the Jewish Daily Forward:

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The launch of Operation Protective Edge forced the organizers to tweak the original itinerary, which included tours through “the trendy neighborhood clubs of Tel Aviv, the wide expanses of the Negev, and the hi-tech center of the Gush Dan region.”

Far from putting a damper on the experience, a JNF statement reports that the alternative route “served to enrich the trip experience.” Said one participant from New York: “Because we were unable to go to some of the typical tourist sites in the center and the south, we got a chance to see another side of Israel. The main sites are important too, but this way we felt like we were really getting to know the country and its people.”

The fragile security situation also created “an especially fertile ground for meaningful interaction,” (read: fear makes people horny).

And when people are horny, you know, they occasionally have sex. And when Jewish people have sex, they occasionally make Jewish babies -- which, as one participant named Lori implied to the Forward, seems to have been the goal of the trip. Lori went on to explain that the ongoing warfare actually helped facilitate closeness:

Over half of the original group cancelled. On this kind of trip, it can be overwhelming to connect one-on-one in a large group. But touring with a smaller group, with everyone’s emotions running extra high, made it a much more intimate experience.

Hopefully all of the participants enjoyed themselves and safely made it home, where they can watch news reports from afar about the increasing number of casualties in Gaza.

(h/t Gawker)


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