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  • Re-imagining and recycling traditional wedding objects

    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,...

  • Conversion 101

    May 8, 2013 | 11:31 am

    Conversion to Judaism is not easy. It requires a change in beliefs, actions and lifestyle. It involves extensive study, practice, a leap of faith, a shift in perception and some sacrifice. However, for those who feel it’s the right decision, it can be an exciting and rewarding...

  • Over-the-top nuptials an Israeli specialty

    July 18, 2012 | 4:36 pm

    Born into a poor Moroccan immigrant family that settled in the development town of Dimona, Yardena Ovadia always dreamed of giving her daughter a fairy-tale wedding.

    A millionaire who made a fortune doing business in New Guinea, Ovadia spent almost $2 million on the Venetian-themed...

  • The unconventional dress

    May 15, 2012 | 7:14 pm

    After Talya Ilovitz (née Strauss) got engaged, the hunt for a dress for her Orthodox wedding felt endless. She never imagined her best option would be a sleeveless white cocktail dress a few sizes too big. But after searching widely, every other possibility was either too expensive...

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  • Garden wedding in Israel

    March 14, 2012 | 6:26 pm

    When Miriam Sushman and her then-fiancé, Owen, were planning a summer wedding, they searched for an outdoor venue that would reflect their love of nature. 

    “Israel is such a beautiful country, and I couldn’t imagine not getting married outdoors if the weather was nice. Also,...

  • To each his own… Ketubah

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    May 10, 2011 | 5:20 pm

    For Rabbi Mike Comins and his bride-to-be, Jody Porter, the decision to commission a custom ketubah was a no-brainer. Comins, who had advised many couples about matrimonial matters over the course of his career, firmly believed in the centrality of a ketubah to the covenant of...

  • These bridal gowns are icing on the cake [SLIDESHOW]

    May 10, 2011 | 5:13 pm

    Israeli wedding dresses typically run the gamut from over-the-top ballroom showstoppers to gracefully minimalist renditions. While these three prominent Israeli designers showcase very different trends, they all appeal to the masses with their signature styles. From Victor...

  • Bringing more than one culture to the wedding table

    May 10, 2011 | 5:00 pm

    When Debbie Miller and her then-boyfriend, Ofer Valkurlker, decided to marry, they knew their wedding would be a fusion of East and West. Miller is American-born and Ashkenazi while Valkurlker, who is a member of the Bnei Menashe community, was born in India.

    Although the couple...

  • Living chuppah can serve as family heirloom

    December 12, 2008 | 1:51 am

    Imagine standing under a beautiful, hand-embroidered chuppah that 25 years earlier your parents stood under as they became husband and wife. That is the legacy Los Angeles artist Robin Van Zak hopes to create every time she designs a one-of-a-kind heirloom lace bridal canopy.

    The...

  • Briefs: Big results and rewards at Big Sunday, Former Weiss deputy enters Fifth District race

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Big Sunday Is L.A.'s Makeover Weekend

    Big Sunday, which has morphed from an annual Sunday event into a full weekend of volunteer opportunities, once again thrived on May 3 and 4. Organizers say that this year the number of volunteers again reached about 50,000, working at about 325...

  • Couple stands under the chuppah—60 years on

    By Jane Ulman

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    "What is this chuppah? We didn't order it."

    Maria Shvarts, 80, spotting the wedding canopy standing on the dance floor at West Hollywood's Cafe Troyka, asked the restaurant staff to remove it. She and her husband Boris, 84, were hosting a 60th anniversary party. Guests were arriving,...

  • Blending cultural traditions in the name of love

    By Merissa Nathan Gerson

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Kirin and Babak might not seem like your ordinary Jewish couple. Kirin grew up Jewish in Anchorage, living the typical western American life. Babak was raised with the traditions of a large Persian Jewish family.

    The pair met in Los Angeles, got engaged, and then threw a raucous...
  • Same-sex unions roil Jews in former Soviet Union

    By Vladimir Matveyev

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The resignation of a longtime leader of one of the largest Reform congregations in Ukraine has thrown the spotlight on a bitter controversy over homosexuality within the post-Soviet Reform movement.
     
    Boris Kapustin, 70, founder and chairman of the Reform congregation in the Crimean...
  • When a couple divorces, the custody battle goes beyond dishes and children

    By Wendy Jaffe

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jews are not immune to America's divorce endemic. With one in two marriages ending long before the expiration date contemplated by the ketubah, rabbis frequently find themselves in the difficult position of having to officiate at bar/bat mitzvahs and weddings with families who...
  • Fight the Enemy by Being More Jewish

    By David Suissa

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I was at a big, beautiful Jewish wedding two weeks ago when something unusual interrupted the traditional chuppah ceremony: someone came up and read a poignant prayer in English in support of our suffering Jewish brethren in Israel.

    Initially, there was no doubt in my mind that...

  • When Just ‘I Do’ Just Won’t Do

    By Pearl Salkin

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The traditional Jewish wedding ceremony as we know it has evolved over thousands of years. But suddenly, today, in what seems like a nanosecond out of all of recorded Jewish history, couples standing under the chuppah are seeking a whole new script.

    It's in to take the traditional...

  • New Chuppah Honors Terror Victim

    By Carin Davis

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    On the eve of her wedding, 20-year-old Naava Applebaum and her father, Dr. David Applebaum, the director of emergency medicine at Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center, sat at Jerusalem's Café Hillel. The two were celebrating her upcoming nuptials with a father-daughter talk....

  • Creative Chuppahs Are Labor of Love

    By Donna Gordon Blankinship

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Nancy and Kim Goldov wanted to personalize everything about their wedding. She sewed her own gown. He composed music for the ceremony. They both created a new last name to share: combining Stolov and Goldschmidt into Goldov. So it probably didn't surprise anyone that the couple spent...

  • A Portrait of My Wedding

    By Soriya Daniels

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    After only two hours of sleep, I woke up on Aug. 13, 2000, to the sounds of drizzle hitting my hotel window. With a pit in my stomach, I got out of bed -- terrified and excited all at once. It was my wedding day, the culmination of three months of harried planning. I desperately...

  • Writer’s Race to the Chuppah

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    If the summer's wackiest movie groom is Jewish, credit "American Pie" franchise creator Adam Herz. The Jewish screenwriter based the fictional Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs) and friends on himself and his high school pals. His iconic 1999 "Pie," with its infamous pastry-nooky scene,...

  • My Very Own Chuppah

    By Carin Davis

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Hold onto your son's baby blanket. Don't give away your daughter's cheerleading uniform. If they hold precious memories and deep meanings, you may be able to recycle them -- as part of your child's chuppah.

    Chuppahs and ketubahs are long-standing Jewish wedding traditions. But Los...

  • The Meaning of Marriage

    By Rabbi Janet Ross Marder

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Late spring in Los Angeles: cool, foggy mornings, with sun breaking through around midday. The strawberries are sweet and luscious; the gardens are full of roses. It's the season of simchas. Our calendars are crowded with graduations and family parties, but most of all with weddings....
  • The World is More Than a Wedding

    By Linda Feldman

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "The Invention of Life," by René Magritte, 1926.

    When my kids were still preschoolers,young enough to be influenced by my every word, I used to have thisspiel about marrying out of Judaism. It went something like this:"It's an insult to the 6 million who died only because they...

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