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  • A wedding in Venice

    August 17, 2016 | 3:11 pm

    We were touring the Jewish Ghetto of Venice, Italy, which is commemorating its 500th year, when I struck up a conversation with a lovely couple, Lana Atlasov and David Mednick, from the San Francisco area.

    They had heard me testing the synagogue’s acoustics in my loudest...

  • Wedding of lesbian activists, both 76, is a celebration of Jewish and ‘Aquarian’ traditions

    July 8, 2016 | 10:53 am

    When Shoshana Dembitz and Abigail Grafton first met, they spent several long moments gazing into each others’ eyes.

    But this wasn’t a love-at-first-sight occurrence. Rather, the two were attending a Shabbat service in which participants were split into pairs to look into each...

  • Looking for a quickie Jewish wedding in Las Vegas? Call Rabbi Mel Hecht

    February 16, 2016 | 10:04 am

    Rabbi Mel Hecht clutches his black coffee and paces in front of the Dunkin’ Donuts just down the road from the Red Rock Casino.

    It’s 2:27 p.m., and the couple said they’d be here by 2:20. The photographer has an appointment at Bellagio at 5 p.m., and he wanted to get...

  • Valentine’s Day: An ideal date for Jewish weddings?

    February 8, 2016 | 10:49 am

    In December, around the time my wife and I were celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary, we received an invitation to an outdoor Jewish wedding to be held on Valentine’s Day 2016. Printed on a red postcard affixed with a heart postage stamp, the couple, Lena Silver and Aaron...

  • Cool Kiddush cups

    By Julie Bien

    December 14, 2015 | 11:58 am

    One type of wine glass is intentionally, and dramatically, broken during a Jewish wedding. But there is another — the Kiddush Cup — that is meant to be reused and treasured for years. After drinking from a Kiddush Cup during the matrimonial ceremony, couples often use the same cup...

  • Why did Cameron Diaz have a Jewish wedding?

    January 6, 2015 | 2:44 pm

    Last night Cameron Diaz married Benji Madden, the guitarist for the popular punk rock band Good Charlotte, at her Beverly Hills home.

    In an interesting twist, the couple had a Jewish ceremony — despite the fact that neither appears to be Jewish.

    Diaz’s father was Cuban, and her...

  • Group Jewish wedding held in eastern Ukraine

    September 16, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    The Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine held a group wedding for 19 Jewish couples.

    Most of the couples that wed Sunday were already married under Ukrainian law but had not had a Jewish wedding ceremony, or huppah, the director of the Dnepropetrovsk Jewish...

  • Give the unforgettable gift

    October 24, 2013 | 4:19 pm

    A wedding is more than the union of two people in love. For those in the community who join in the celebration, it’s a chance to give the perfect gift. Finding that, however, can pose a challenge to even the most experienced guest. Here are some suggestions for go-to gifts, many of...

  • Interfaith marriage, Rabbi Rosove, and Mormonism

    By Mark Paredes

    October 1, 2012 | 11:14 pm

    While I was single, I often found myself wondering whether it would be better to remain a faithful Mormon bachelor all of my life or to marry a wonderful non-Mormon girl. I had a few opportunities to do so, and in moments of frustration I almost regretted not having pursued them...

  • 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...

  • Does JDate care about Jewish weddings?

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 20, 2012 | 1:21 pm

    JDate may be a little confused about its mission.

    The online dating Website, which touts itself as “the premier Jewish singles community online” had a PR firm dredge up wedding-season publicity by releasing a list of the Top Five Jewish Celebrity Weddings of the past year.

  • Bills to relax marriage registration rules pass Knesset committee

    March 19, 2012 | 10:00 am

    Two bills that would allow Jewish couples in Israel to be married by Modern Orthodox rabbis in the city of their choice were approved by a Knesset committee.

    The so-called “Tzohar laws,” named for the organization of Modern Orthodox rabbis that performs alternative religious wedding...

  • Marriage, family pressure and Jewish geography

    By Pini Herman

    March 14, 2012 | 6:04 pm

    What is the difference between a pit bull and a Jewish Mother? The pit bull eventually lets go.

    It’s an old joke, but one that speaks to the role of familial connections among Jews, which play a large role in how we consider the Jewish geography of weddings and marriage. Where...

  • Romancing the Stone

    January 19, 2011 | 10:43 am

    Apryl Levine (nee Carson) had thought of everything the morning before her wedding. Every decision was made, from food to flowers, right down to the exact glass that her husband-to-be, Joshua Levine, would break.

    Or so she thought.

    During the rehearsal at Piru’s Rancho Camulos,...

  • Klezmer: Backward and Forward

    By Paul Wieder

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Three new klezmer recordings offer a listen into the genre's past, present and possible future.

    Klezmer was originally the soundtrack to the Jewish wedding, but no band has attempted to recreate such an event until recently. Working with people who were in Eastern Europe at the time...

  • Rebirth in Wroclaw

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When Curt Fissel stomped on the glass after his wedding in the southwestern Polish city of Wroclaw, the congregation erupted into loud applause and a resounding chorus of "Mazel tov!"But the joyous response went far beyond heartfelt good wishes to Fissel and his bride, Ellen...