Jewish Journal

Michele Chabin

  • Israel attracts nuptials with ambience, unique locations

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Soon after their engagement, Rosie and Abe Finkelstein, residents of the Tel Aviv suburb of Givatayim, checked out some hotels and traditional event halls but ultimately chose a kibbutz as the venue for their wedding.

    The minute Rosie Finkelstein, a holistic healer, viewed the...

  • Israel’s teacher strike highlights cracks in the system

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As much as he's been wanting to complete his master's degree in history, David Graniewitz would rather be standing in front of a classroom, teaching history or English to junior high and high school students.

    Instead Graniewitz, who has taught in Israeli secondary schools for almost...

  • ‘I Do’ in Israel Without Rabbinate OK

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The bride circled the groom under the chuppah. The groom stomped a wine glass at the end of the ceremony and was greeted with shouts of "mazel tov."

    Despite these traditional touches, this wedding was not performed by an Orthodox rabbi, and therefore not registered by the Chief...

  • Their Right of Passage

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Hundreds of Israeli children celebrate their bar and bat mitzvahs every week, and 13-year-old Asher Gorsky did not want to be an exception.

    Last fall, Asher, a handsome but frail boy with a radiant smile, realized his dream before two dozen relatives and friends. Asher has cerebral...