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On a Birthright trip, love is born

by Claudia Boyd-Barrett

3 weeks ago

Sagi Alkobi and Daniella Elghanayan. Photo by Sanaz Photography

Sagi Alkobi almost didn’t go on the Taglit-Birthright Israel trip.

It was August 2008, and the then-20-year-old student at The City University of New York had applied months in advance... read full article

  • Wedivite: Online wedding planning and sharing

    by Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c

    3 weeks ago

    More than 7,000 couples around the world already have used Wedivite, the first free, socially integrated digital platform exclusively for weddings. Appropriately, its alpha launch happened in the traditional wedding month of June.

    Conceived and built by Israeli groom-to-be Ben...

  • Event planners cater to vegetarians and vegans

    By Elyse Glickman

    August 20, 2014 | 10:46 am

    The prospect of finding satisfying wedding or b’nai mitzvah reception food has long been daunting to most vegetarians and vegans, no matter how expertly the dishes are executed. Sides and substitutions can only fill up a person so much. 

    Those who’ve done their family celebration...

  • Giving your leftovers to charity

    By Elyse Glickman

    July 16, 2014 | 10:50 am

    Anybody who has grown up in a Jewish home and attended key family functions, from bar mitzvahs to weddings, knows that the food served during celebration is the life of the party.  

    It’s comforting to know, though, that meals created to celebrate life also can help sustain it for...

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  • For new dad, a stronger bond from circumcising son

    by Debra Rubin

    July 16, 2014 | 10:43 am

    Natan Zaidenweber thought the mohel was kidding. His wife, Linda Raab, thought it was some kind of religious formality and didn’t give it a second thought.

    But the mohel, Cantor Philip Sherman, was serious. Although most fathers demur when he invites them to perform the bris on...

  • ‘HoneyBook’ takes a leap forward in event planning technology

    by Ruthie Blum

    June 25, 2014 | 1:20 pm

    Naama Alon planned her wedding during a stressful academic year at Tel Aviv’s Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. Soon after the nuptials, but before finishing her degree in graphic design and interactive media, she and her new husband, Oz, birthed a startup that would soon...

  • Re-imagining and recycling traditional wedding objects

    Cora Markowitz

    June 25, 2014 | 1:08 pm

    Artists and creative newlyweds are finding new ways to make the trappings and ceremonial elements of Jewish weddings their own — and then to have these mementos live on and remain useful long after the actual ceremony.

    The evidence? Broken shards of glass turned into art,...

  • Bands enter b’nai mitzvah music mix

    by Rachel Wizenfeld

    June 12, 2013 | 4:58 pm

    While b’nai mitzvah parties have long featured DJs to mix tunes and rouse the crowd, some celebrants are choosing something else: teen bands.

    Make all the One Direction or — for those of a certain age — New Kids on the Block jokes that you want, but this option for musical...

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