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UK Portal Launches Jewish Services Directory

The UK's first Jewish Web portal jewish.co.uk has introduced a Jewish Services Directory.

Competition among portals for Jewish users in the UK is now becoming intense, with new offerings being announced regularly by three different sites.

"People have been asking for a dedicated services directory and we are pleased to be able to deliver it," said a jewish.co.uk spokeswoman.

"Our intention since day one way back in 1996 has been to deliver a Jewish Web site that offers something for all sections of the community and provides a useful service to them. The new directory will save people time and energy as it gives them an ever growing list of people, businesses and communal projects who can provide the Jewish interest services and needs they are after."

The new services at jewish.co.uk enable users to plan a wedding, arrange a Bar-mitzvah, or organise catering for other events. Soon, the directory will also offer listings of Jewish communal services that cater for people's social and personal needs.

Competing with jewish.co.uk for users amongst the UK's estimated 90,000-strong online Jewish community are: jewishnet.org.uk and Kosher Online, both of which have a substantial following.

To keep ahead of the pack, jewish.co.uk is planning other services that will appear over the next six to eight weeks, including a Jewish dating service, additional message boards, and more extensive advance information about Jewish festivals.

jewish.co.uk says it will consider listing any Jewish business or communal service if applications are made by e-mail giving the business/service name, address and telephone number.