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Inclusion and intermarriage

by Rabbi Zach Shapiro

November 13, 2014 | 2:20 pm

Rabbi Zach Shapiro has been the spiritual leader of Temple Akiba in Culver City since 2006. He is married to Ron Galperin, Los Angeles city controller.

"Do you officiate at interfaith marriages?” 

It’s a common question for many rabbis in our day, especially when the intermarriage rate is reported to be more than 50 percent (70 percent... read full article

  • Milken Archive’s new wedding album

    By Rick Schultz

    November 13, 2014 | 2:15 pm

    So you’re getting married and trying to decide what music to play on the big day. You could choose Pachelbel’s “Canon” for the processional and Bach’s “Air on the G String” for the recessional. And why not? Those pieces are perfectly functional. 

    For the reception, the Internet...

  • Richard Gere to star in Joseph Cedar movie filmed in Israel

    by JTA

    October 13, 2014 | 2:13 pm

    Actor Richard Gere is set to star in a new film by award-winning Israeli director Joseph Cedar.

    Cedar also wrote the screenplay for the movie, which will be filmed in New York and Israel, the Israeli daily Yediot Acharonot reported Sunday.

    The movie will be called...

  • Married couples’ contract ensures they can divorce fairly

    By Ryan Torok

    September 10, 2014 | 2:28 pm

    "I don’t get a rose until I sign,” Esther Macner said, as she and her husband, Chaim Plotzker, sat with a notary and reviewed a two-page postnuptial agreement document that set rules for them in the event of a future divorce.

    Macner and Plotzker were among the 82 couples who...

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  • Esther Macner: Agunah advocate promotes post-nuptials

    By Ryan Torok

    September 3, 2014 | 12:40 pm

    At 62, Esther Macner radiates feistiness and confidence. 

    During a recent interview at the Journal’s headquarters, she described herself as an “Orthodox Jewish feminist, which I’ve been all my life, before the word became a label.” 

    A former prosecutor and trial attorney in New...

  • On a Birthright trip, love is born

    by Claudia Boyd-Barrett

    September 3, 2014 | 11:29 am

    Sagi Alkobi almost didn’t go on the Taglit-Birthright Israel trip.

    It was August 2008, and the then-20-year-old student at The City University of New York had applied months in advance to participate in the educational tour of Israel for young Jewish adults. But a problem with...

  • Wedivite: Online wedding planning and sharing

    by Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c

    September 3, 2014 | 11:13 am

    More than 7,000 couples around the world already have used Wedivite, the first free, socially integrated digital platform exclusively for weddings. Appropriately, its alpha launch happened in the traditional wedding month of June.

    Conceived and built by Israeli groom-to-be Ben...

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

    by Ruthie Blum

    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...

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