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  • Re-imagining and recycling traditional wedding objects

    Cora Markowitz

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • Crowdsource your Simcha

    by Lilit Marcus, JTA

    June 12, 2013 | 4:53 pm

    When Amanda Melpolder began planning her wedding to Jeff Greenberg, she hoped the ceremony would be unlike others.

    Melpolder had become involved in an independent minyan in Brooklyn after converting to Judaism several years ago, and she and Greenberg wanted their wedding this...

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  • Getting ready for baby

    by Kylie Jane Wakefield

    June 12, 2013 | 4:50 pm

    Rabbi Julia Weisz found herself in a bit of a conundrum when she became an expectant mother.

    On the one hand, the rabbi and director of education at Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas was cautious about holding a baby shower. In the earlier stages of her pregnancy — she is due to...

  • Creating inclusiveness at interfaith b’nai mitzvah

    by Arlene Chernow

    April 17, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    For interfaith couples who choose a Jewish identity for their families — even ones who have shared holidays with their extended families and answered questions for years — a bar or bat mitzvah raises new questions.

    Am I welcome? If I attend, what will be expected of me? Should I...

  • Christine S. Sisley, Kenneth B. Garen

    December 16, 2009 | 2:50 am

    Christine S. Sisley and Kenneth B. Garen are to be married on Jan. 3, 2010. Rabbi Uri D. Herscher, founder and president of the Skirball Cultural Center, will officiate in a private sunset ceremony at the center.

    The bride is the executive director and treasurer of the Fletcher...

  • Chelsea Clinton to wed Jewish boyfriend

    JTA

    November 30, 2009 | 4:23 pm

    Chelsea Clinton is engaged to marry her Jewish boyfriend of two years.

    Clinton, 29, the only daughter of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, became engaged over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, 31.

    ...

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