The app works like this: when someone downloads the app, it asks for access to some of the individual's Facebook data, such as job, location and age.Tribe then asks for information on the user's denomination as well as the denomination they prefer in a partner, their favorite first date activity (coffee, drinks or dessert), and how far away a potential match can live.
Like other dating apps, Tribe allows users to swipe left or right to indicate their interest in another user.
What makes Tribe unique is that if two users express interest in one another, they can not only message each other but set up a first date as well, according to the site.
If a user taps the “Ask Out” icon, Tribe will provide restaurant, bar and coffee house suggestions located close to where the user's match lives. In Rabbi Dovi Scheiner's eyes, it’s this "Ask Out" feature that really sets Tribe apart from other dating apps and has garnered his support.
Scheiner, 38, serves at the So Ho Synagogue, known for its young congregation and hip, urbane ambience.“I often hear about parents and grandparents who have met at a synagogue, but those days are largely gone.
The world has moved online," said Scheiner."If [Tribe] can be a vehicle to put people in the same room so they can meet — and not virtually — then ultimately that’s a good thing. The app has been well received so far, said Ackerman.
Over 3,500 people — including non-Jews who want to date someone Jewish — are on Tribe, which is free on i Tunes.
Ackerman has plans to offer Tribe on Android devices as well.
Sometimes the city makes it hard for people to meet their mensch the old fashioned way. Ackerman, a New York native and serial entrepreneur, launched a new dating app for Jewish singles in the city last month.
Ackerman asserts that the app, Tribe, will aid in ensuring the continuity of Jewish identity in generations to come."Tribe is an avenue where Jews can meet other Jews, and thereby help maintain the continuity of the Jewish people," he said.