I understand that they both mean I do not like, but I'm not sure what exactly 「好きではない」means. Moreover, does the particle 'では'make a difference, or could you have just used 'は'?

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    That is a tricky question with only one of the two sentences using a 「ん」. That 「ん」 is important.
    – user4032
    Mar 19, 2019 at 9:33

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Actually they are equal --> じゃ(JA)=では(DEWA)Not only you may find 「じゃ、では」ないです, but also「じゃ、では」ありません and their level of formality differs:

じゃない → most informal

ではない → more formal

じゃありません → more formal

ではありません → most formal

では is used in more formal situations. It really depends on the context, who you're speaking to, and how formal you want to be. For more information on their usage, you can visit [this page]

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    Read more closely. He's asking the difference between 好きじゃないです and 好きではないです.
    – Angelos
    Mar 19, 2019 at 9:57

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