Marriage

Colliding Visions Of Marriage At The Supreme Court

04/29/2015

Washington - As the nine Supreme Court justices took up the vexing question of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage on Tuesday (April 28), the case came down to two competing visions of marriage: what it’s been, what it should be, and who gets to decide.

Report: Young Russians Edging Closer To Community

01/07/2015
Editor and Publisher

Young people of Russian background, coming from secular homes and with little or no formal Jewish education, are considered among the most unaffiliated and at-risk of American Jews in terms of Jewish identity. But a comprehensive new study of that cohort finds that a Brooklyn-based program founded in 2006 to address the problem has produced some striking results.

Gary Rosenblatt

How Jesse Met Becca

11/04/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Rebecca Stern and Jesse Wenger met in first grade. She was his first love and he was her first love. They were separated a year later when Jesse transferred to a public school in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and Becca remained at the Solomon Schechter in Elkins Park. Becca, 25, sometimes wonders what would have happened if they had remained in the same class through high school. Would they have ended up as a couple? “Probably not,” she concludes.

Jesse and Becca. Jessie Sandler

Swiffer Redux: Helen And Maurice Celebrate Eightieth Anniversary

09/04/2014
Editorial Intern

A pair of British Jewish centenarians are challenging Lee and Morty Kaufman of Swiffer commercial fame’s claim to the title of Cutest Old Jews.

British Jewish couple Helen and Maurice Kaye celebrate 80 years together. Via telegraph.co.uk

Nicky Hilton To Wed James Rothschild

Exactly how Jewish is the heir to the Rothschild billions?

08/25/2014
Staff Writer

It’s a match made in Jewish paparazzi heaven.

29-year-old hotel heiress Nicky Hilton is set to wed James Rothschild, scion and direct heir of the wealthy Jewish banking family.  The couple got engaged last weekend during a romantic boating trip, according to People magazine.

29-year-old hotel heiress Nicky Hilton is set to wed James Rothschild. Courtesy of gossipcafe.com.

How David Met Ronit

'Meet your spouse at Hillel House,' even if you're in your late thirties.

08/04/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist

“Meet your spouse at Hillel House” – was the chant of student leaders at the St. Louis Hillel, according to the late Rabbi James Diamond, the respected executive director of Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) from 1972 until 1995.  Rabbi Diamond wrote:  “I always regarded matchmaking among the items on Hillel’s hidden agenda. What better way to promote the Jewish future? Marriages are made in heaven, but Hillel helps.”

David and Ronit. Kevin Dern

How Ellie Met Yonatan

06/03/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Ellie Schneiderman remembers how her boss, Stuart Levy, told her about the trip. He said: “I have some news for you. A part of it you’ll love – we want you to lead a Birthright trip; and a part, you’ll hate – your co-leader will be Yonatan Hochman.” Stuart knew how Ellie felt about Yonatan.

Yonatan got a second chance with Ellie. Courtesy of Yonatan and Ellie Hochman

How Judy Met Trevor

03/04/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist

“My late husband wished me to re-marry,” said Judy Brown, “but it took me sixteen years. At first, I couldn’t even think about a second marriage, and then when I was ready, there was no one waiting in line to meet me.”

Trevor Davis and Judy Brown married recently; both have been long widowed. Courtesy of Trevor Davis and Judy Brown

How Andy Met Jason

04/07/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist

They’re both Americans – he’s from Missouri and she’s from Florida – but they met in Ra’anana, Israel. In the spring of 2011, Andrea “Andy” Surasky, then 20, was living in Ra’anana with her family, who had come to live in Israel after Andy graduated high school. Jason Ast, then 23, was living in another Israeli town, but would come to Ra’anana to visit his friend, Simcha. 

Jason has gone into Andy’s family business. Barbara Ast

Why Pressure On Chief Rabbinate Will Only Increase

02/20/2014
Special to The Jewish Week

A few years ago, I moderated a series of focus group conversations about Israel. The participants were mostly middle-aged Jews affiliated with Reform and Conservative congregations. As discussion touched on Israel’s policies on settlements, peace negotiations and civil rights, participants argued back and forth, with many expressing tempered criticism of Israeli positions. But when the conversation turned to the Chief Rabbinate’s authority over matters of personal status, including marriage, divorce and burial, debate gave way to expressions of bewilderment and outrage.

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