Jewish Journal

Crowdsource your Simcha

by Lilit Marcus, JTA

June 12, 2013 | 4:53 pm

Ned Lazarus and Nahanni Rous, at their wedding in 2004, stand under the chuppah made from fabric swatches brought by their guests. Photo ourtesy of Nahanni Rous

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... read full article

  • 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


    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.

  • B’nai Mitzvahs Simchas: Nov. 20-26, 2009

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 17, 2009 | 10:28 pm

    Seth David Wexler

    When: Nov. 28
    Parents: Millie and Paul Wexler
    GrandParents: Judith Wexler, Eddy and Irene Matalon
    Torah Portion: Vayetze
    Synagogue: Kehillat Israel
    Clergy: Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Cantor Chayim Frenkel

    Seth’s mitzvah project is collecting gently used sports...

  • Oy Caramba! Serve a Simcha Fiesta

    By Beverly Levitt

    September 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Your special family simcha (celebration) is just around the corner and you aren't feeling enthusiastic -- the caterer's offerings feel predictable, and the room you've rented seems impersonal.

    Whether you're organizing a bris, congratulating a bar or bat mitzvah, welcoming a new...

  • Friday night Shabbat services at Temple Akiba Culver City

    August 9, 2007 | 11:12 pm

    Friday night Shabbat services at Temple Akiba Culver City

    Rabbi Zachary Shapiro

    Cantor Lonee Frailich

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