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

    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

    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,...

  • Beauty of the Dead Sea makes a stunning wedding destination

    May 21, 2014 | 11:30 am

    Finding a truly unique wedding destination can be difficult. There are countless special wedding venues scattered around the world, but few offer the distinctive beauty and amenities of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth. 

    Although Ein Bokek, the Dead Sea’s hotel and tourism...

  • 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...

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  • Editorial Cartoon: Cutting the cake

    By Steve Greenberg

    October 17, 2012 | 4:12 pm

    Israeli weddings

  • Cost-conscious weddings back in style

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 18, 2012 | 4:46 pm

    Lavish weddings featuring guest lists upward of 500 people were seemingly de rigueur in Southern California’s Iranian-Jewish community just five years ago. But the growth of six-figure simchas strained middle-class families, leading some couples to either call off a wedding or...

  • 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 bachelor party grows up

    May 15, 2012 | 6:53 pm

    There are many things that come to mind when the words “bachelor” and “party” are said in the same breath, and often the sum of this equation is not pretty.  Despite Hollywood’s depiction of this rite of passage as a final gasp of protracted adolescence (from the Tom Hanks...

  • Am I Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Bitch?

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    May 10, 2012 | 1:28 pm

    I really didn’t like when you were mean to that girl on Saturday, my boyfriend mentioned in his sweet adorable soft spoken voice out of nowhere two days later when I saw him Monday night at the spectacular DCFC concert at Walt Disney Hall.

    I had totally forgotten about the whole...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • Brides reflect: the most important takeaways for wedding planning

    February 7, 2012 | 2:17 pm

    On my wedding day last fall, I was very nervous. My husband and I planned our celebration, to be held in Chicago, entirely on our own and all the way from Boston. We were also combining a Russian-Jewish family with a Sabra-Israeli family, and members of each took long flights to the...

  • Alternative religious weddings allowed to continue

    November 10, 2011 | 10:52 am

    An organization of Modern Orthodox rabbis that performs alternative religious wedding ceremonies for non-religious couples can continue to register the couples.

    The Tzohar organization can register the married couples in the community of Shoham, where the head of the organization...

  • Lawmakers slam end of aternative religious wedding project

    November 9, 2011 | 10:35 am

    Israeli lawmakers from diverse parties slammed the decision of the religious services minister to prevent an organization of Modern Orthodox rabbis from performing religious wedding ceremonies for non-religious couples

    The Tzohar organization said Tuesday that the religious services...

  • Focus on fitness

    October 20, 2011 | 5:49 pm

    From reality TV shows to ads for bridal boot camps, it’s no secret that many women want to slim down for their wedding.

    But the average bride-to-be endures months of parties, tastings and never-ending to-do lists leading up to her big day – and it can be a daunting feat to try...

  • Friends, Love, God & the High Holidays

    By Ilana Angel

    October 9, 2011 | 2:45 am

    I love my friend Rachel.  We met at Temple and over the past three years have become very close.  She is Canadian too, so what’s not to love?  Rachel knows every prayer and every song, from every Jewish holiday.  I like to think I know my stuff, but this chick rocks when it comes...

  • Iranian American Simin has a passion for fashion

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 14, 2011 | 11:32 am

    The bells at the door tinkle, and the fashion designer Simin jumps up from a velvet bench and politely excuses herself.

    “My next fitting is here,” she says, promising to return to her life story a little later.

    Outside her 4,000-square-foot Robertson Boulevard studio, a leggy...

  • Egg Rolls and Matzoh Brei: A look at Asian-Jewish marriages

    July 19, 2011 | 4:36 pm

    After her husband stepped on the glass at their wedding, and she survived the chair dance without falling, Emily Brecher changed into a traditional red Chinese dress.

    “Then my husband and I knelt down before my parents and my Jewish in-laws at the tea ceremony,” Brecher...

  • Extravagant Jewish celebrations — Have we gone too far?

    July 19, 2011 | 4:32 pm

    A wedding that costs $100,000? A bar mitzvah that costs $20,000? When did extravagance and luxury become such primary Jewish values? I can’t remember the last simcha (Jewish celebration) I attended at which there were not tremendous amounts of wasted food, overly expensive napkins...

  • While gays push to marry, heterosexuals fear commitment

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    June 27, 2011 | 12:53 pm

    Now that the tide has turned in favor of gay marriage by America’s second most-populous state permitting it, it’s time to put the debate behind us and focus on more important things, specifically saving American marriage.

    Yes, I know. The opponents of gay marriage have been...

  • Curaçao’s Sea Change

    May 10, 2011 | 5:26 pm

    Although most islands in the Caribbean have been an easy sell for honeymooners, Curaçao for years was a diamond in the rough, lost in the destination shuffle. However, in recent years, that diamond has been polished to such a brilliant shine that it has become as much of a paradise...

  • 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...

  • The sky’s the limit

    By Lauren Bottner

    May 10, 2011 | 5:07 pm

    The only requirement of a chuppah, or bridal canopy, is that it be a temporary structure open on all sides, just as Abraham and Sarah had their tent to welcome their friends and family. So anything is possible from a creative standpoint.

    The chuppah — which means “that which...

  • Bridal shower survival guide

    May 10, 2011 | 5:05 pm

    When a woman hits a certain age, she’s likely been to more bridal showers than she cares to remember. She’s sat through innumerable toasts, idle chitchat, wedding dresses made from toilet paper and hours upon hours of watching her nearest and dearest open boxes of linens and wine...

  • Words from the heart… but not too many

    May 10, 2011 | 5:01 pm

    Jeremy would be standing in front of 220 people the next day, including colleagues, friends, family and his bride. As he walked the streets, the groom-to-be mentally composed his wedding speech. The following evening, without missing a single beat, Jeremy had the audience in fits of...

  • 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...

  • Advice from the Yentas

    March 16, 2011 | 11:33 am

    These are not your grandmother’s yentas.

    The Wedding Yentas, a Conejo-based Web site offering planning advice to the modern Jewish bride, is the brainchild of Alison Friedman and Nicky Kahn.

    “While planning my wedding, I had the hardest time finding resources,” said Kahn, who...

  • 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,...

  • Beautiful bridal showers and receptions on a budget

    January 19, 2011 | 10:13 am

    Even if real life affects the bottom line of your bridal budget, you can still make your shower or brunch reception the first-class affair of your dreams.

    Event manager Renata Burian-Ferguson and sommelier Paul Bologna at the Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa in posh Palm...

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