Marriage

How John Met Jen

11/04/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

“I had to make sure that she was converting for herself, and not for me,” says John Newmark. Jen says: “I fell in love with both the man and his faith.”

John, a St. Louis grant writer by day, spends much of his free time on penning science fiction and poetry. He performs at poetry slams under the stage name Gavroche. For the constructive criticism and the friendship, he has belonged for more than a decade to WUTA (Writers Under the Arch).

John Newmark and Jen Wallace, married Aug. 22, 2012.

How Pete Met Grace

09/07/2011 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

On paper, they didn’t seem like a match. “Like so many other people, I too had my shopping list when I started dating,” says history teacher Grace McMillan. “And I might have overlooked Pete were it not for a colleague.” 

Pete and Grace.

How Jesse Met Joyce

07/31/2011 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Tying the knot is not the first choice of every couple these days. Joyce Silver and Jesse Koch got hitched in part because of the grandchildren.

A new trend in retirement is for couples to live together outside the marriage bond. In fact, unmarried seniors living together are the fastest growing segment of cohabitants in the United States. People don't want to put up with loneliness. They want to live together. But they are likely to remain unmarried to avoid tax issues and inheritance questions.

Joyce Silver and Jesse Koch

How Avi met Suzanne

03/01/2011 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Suzanne took a leap of faith and traveled 7500 miles to pursue the guy she hoped would be her husband. “I didn’t have a clue,” says Avi.

In December, 2008, Suzanne Anziska was a 28-year old business school student at Northwestern University. Her family was celebrating her dad’s 60th birthday; not in Teaneck, where her parents lived, but in her dad’s hometown of Cape Town, South Africa.

 Suzanne Anziska and Avi Kawalsky

How Barry met Rachel

02/09/2011 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Rachel was a rising star in the Democratic Party and she left her home base to follow her man. A Republican, no less.

Rachel Storch was a state representative in the Missouri House and had been chosen to head its Democratic campaign. Then another opportunity knocked.

Rachel Storch and Barry Akrongold

Is Marriage Obsolete?

01/03/2011 - 19:00

Is the institution of marriage on the verge of extinction? Referring to declining marriage rates and changing views toward marriage in the United States, a recent cover of Time magazine asked: “Who Needs Marriage?” What is the Jewish perspective on this important community issue?

Marriage Just Is

How Larry met Shelley: A Congressional Romance

01/02/2011 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Larry Lehrner trumps Maureen Dowd.

Maureen Dowd, New York Times columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of the best-seller, Are Men Necessary?, claims that men are put off by women in power. In fact, she suggests that the more successful the woman, the less likely it is she will find a husband.

Larry Lehrner married his Congresswoman, Shelley Berkley.

Larry Lehrne and Shelley Berkley

How Marvin met Oshrat

12/04/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

“As soon as I saw Marvin, I liked him,” says Oshrat Kidron of Petah Tikva. She liked his look – a baseball cap with a skull cap underneath. Marvin's attentions were on someone else. When Oshrat asked for his phone number, he replied: “I lost my phone.”

She didn't think he was telling the truth (he was).

Oshrat Kidron and Marvin Casey

The Chicago Blues Tour

11/01/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

‘Going on a whirlwind, round the world tour?” the mover asked me as he packed up my china.

I explained that I lived in Israel. And since the next tenants for my condo in Chicago wanted it unfurnished I had to pack up and store everything.

Because he was my mover he did not ask the kind of probing, Talmudic question that this situation begs, namely: If I am living in Israel for nearly two years already, why don’t I just up and ship everything to Israel or sell it off?

Good question.

But he did ask about my china.

Abigail Pickus

How Jonathan met Lainee

10/30/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Jonathan was simply looking for a weekend away. Lainee was somewhat reluctant, thinking, “These men—none of them are serious!” Yet both took a chance and went to a 2008 Memorial Day singles weekend at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires.

Neither Lainee nor Jonathan had been married before. Both dated a lot, always looking for the right person. “But we never gave up,” says Lainee.

Lainee Cohen and Jonathan Grauman
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