I created Arkline in 1995 in England. Its official opening in February 1996 took place at the Cyberspy cafe in Soho, London and was reported by the Jewish Chronicle, the Jerusalem Report and various other magazines both in Israel and abroad.
At first it ran off servers in London, but less than a year later I was requested to remove it from those servers because already so many people were accesing it every minute that it was blocking access to other companies using the servers. Today it runs from the USA although it is operated from Israel. This is because those servers offer the fastest response time available.
Hundreds of Jewish singles worldwide have met their match on Arkline and below are some extracts from email received from the lucky ones.
Arkline was created at a very sad time in my life. A few months earlier my son was kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists in Israel as he returned home from his army base. After that I left Israel and returned to England where I was born and during the year I spent there I created a memorial website with Arik's poetry. Later I looked for something to attract people to see the site. I tried to imagine what Arik would have liked, something in the spirit of his philosophy of life and I remembered the strange conversation we had several months earlier in the car park under Kikar Atarim in Tel-Aviv.
Arik was smoking and I had asked him to stop, Yiddisher mother after all! He laughed and said that as he was going to die in the army anyway he wanted to enjoy all that life offered while he could. Upset I said that he shouldn't even say that and that I would die if anything happened to him. He replied that I wouldn't die at all and that I would live and be happy and have a good life.
A very strange thing happened then and I could almost hear a voice in my ear warning me to tell him not to take lifts from anyone. We argued about this and he told me that he only took lifts from religious people. This surprisingly got me very very upset and I started to shout - don't take lifts from religious people. Sadly he didn't listen and several months later Arab terrorists dressed as religious settlers kidnapped him.
But our conversation that day did not end there, we were talking about what he would do when he left the army and he told me that he knew that he would head a large international organisation that would one day help people all over the globe. People will search for it all over the world he said. I laughed at the absurdity of it. Strangely today people search for Arkline on internet computers from all corners of the world, from Alaska to Zimbabwe there are visitors to the website.
Over the years I have spent a lot of effort to create a website that is as user friendly and as effective as possible in helping people to find someone to love. You too can help Arkline, tell your friends about the site, let Jewish singles in your area know about it and where possible help others who do not have computer access to use the site. Your kindness will be rewarded, sometimes faster than you expect. One of our successes is a girl who told an ex-boyfriend about the site. He told friends and one of them joined and met the ex-girlfriend - life can be like that.
Enjoy Arkline, bookmark it to return and see the new people every few weeks and do visit Arik's poetry pages before you leave.
Some of the lucky ones:
Date: Sun, 23 May 1999 17:31:21 -0700 From: Stewart Gorenstein <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thanks to you I found the woman of my dreams and married her on April 6, 1999. Please remove my files from your computer database. Please feel free to use me as a reference for your outstanding service.
Sincerely, Stewart Gorenstein
As I have now found a girlfriend, who located me via your web page, and things are going quite well, could you please remove me from the page :)
Jonathan , Spacecraft Engineering consultant, Darmstadt ,Germany.
thanks a lot
Good Morning Rebecca,
I wonder if you can remove me from the list as I have met someone. Thank you for your wonderful service, and Hag Sameah.
I would like to remove my ad as fortunately I found already what I was
looking for many many years. Your web worked for me in the most wonderful
and fastest way.
My ad is in the 30's age group, Leah .
Jeffrey , Dallas, Texas
was married in Las Vegas yesterday, 4 March 1999.
To a nice Jewish woman, he found on the internet, upon returning from Israel 2
Thanks to your site I've found the man I was looking for.
So can you please remove my description from the list.
Please delete me from the Arkline service as I have met somebody.
Member Cathy - 0867
I'm Eugene, member #0589. I'd like to thank you for all what you did
for me. Fortunately I've found my second half and I'd like to delete my
profile. Thanks a lot.
Thank you for offering people a chance to meet other people. I had no
idea that it could work. But for me: it worked. I met a wonderful woman
on arkline (we both were on your web page) and we want to get married.
Can you please delete my (personal)details from your web site and make
sure that they will not be shown to people anymore.
My details are:
Mr. Tswie (0699)
In real: Tswie
I want you to knwo that I appreciated using the Arkline.
It truly works because I met a wonderful girl from Brazil.wow
and yes it is serious.. soI am requesting that you remove my name from your
services and again thank you for everything..
enjoy Hanuacah and I miss you all th ebst in the New Year!
I've met someone very special whom I'm seeing exclusively. Therefore,
would you kindly remove my name from the single women?
I've enjoyed the Ark immensely, and highly recommend it to other Jewish
singles. Many thanks!
Please can you remove me from your list as I have met someone and am
getting engaged this week
Many thanks and all the best
I wish to thank you all at Arkline. I have found a wonderful woman. I
ask to be removed from your very professional and efective opperation.
Once again, thank you all so much,(and I hope we don't work together
Hi. First I want to wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year. The second thing is
will you please remove my name from the profiles. I have found someone on your
arkline that I responded to and we seem to be hitting it off. And since no one
responded to mine -I guess I don't need it. I want to thank you for your
services and I hope this works out. Again Happy New Year.
Pam (41- speech pathologist)
Would you kindly delete my profile from your site...I have met my Mr.
Thanks for everything
Please can you remove me from your database. I am currently with someone
very special and no longer require your service!
Please remove me + photo, asap from the website, as I have a partner now.
As you can see, quite a list and I could go on a lot longer but would be enourmous........