Jewish Journal

The unconventional dress

by Lisa Alcalay Klug

May 15, 2012 | 7:14 pm

Talya Ilovitz, in her DIY gown, with husband Zev on their wedding day.

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... read full article

  • The bachelor party grows up

    by Elyse Glickman, Contributing Writer

    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...

  • Garden wedding in Israel

    by Michelle Chabin, Contributing Writer

    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

    by Alina Dain Sharon/ JointMedia News Service

    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...

  • Focus on fitness

    by Jessica Pauline Ogilvie

    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...

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

    by Kathy Seal

    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?

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    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...

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