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New app helps Jewish students find roommates who meet their needs, interests

This story was published by the Jewish News Service

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The Jewish pluralistic teen movement BBYO introduced a mobile app to help Jewish high school seniors or current college students find roommates.

Joomie — which was launched during the BBYO International Convention in Dallas last weekend—prompts users to answer questions on their Jewish youth group affiliations, levels of Shabbat and kosher observance, music preferences, sleeping habits and more. After answering the questions, students can view profiles of other users who have downloaded the app, are planning to attend or currently attend the same institution, and might match their needs and interests.

Sample results on the new roommate-finder app Joomie. Credit: Google Play.

“One of the most exciting aspects of Joomie is that it was thought up by teens as they sought ways to make it easier for students who are leaving their familiar Jewish communities behind to build new ones on campus,” said Matt Grossman, BBYO’s CEO. “We believe that usage of Joomie will help facilitate the transition to college for many students, and ultimately promote a greater engagement in Jewish life in campuses across North America.”

The idea for the app was formulated during a “hackathon” event sponsored by Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation’s ROI Community, in which teenagers brainstormed ways to use technology to connect with BBYO or summer camp friends while they transition to college. Joomie is available for both iOS and Android devices, and can be downloaded in the Apple app store or Google Play.

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