Jewish Marriage

How Gil Met Maayan

The couple first met as young journalists at The Jerusalem Post.

05/04/2016 - 11:51
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Editor's Note: A quote within the article was edited for clarity. It was originally published as, '“I was looking for a mother for my children,” says Gil,' and was adjusted to, '"I was looking for a [step] mother for my children,” says Gil.'

“Elections, shmelections…Of course, I have time for you,” said Gil Hoffman, when responding to a Facebook question from Maayan Jaffe. It was a hectic time for Gil, chief political correspondent for The Jerusalem Post – only a month before the Israeli elections in March 2015.  Still, Gil made the time. “And I always respected Maayan,” he adds.

Gil Hoffman and Mayaan Jaffe first met as young journalists at The Jerusalem Post. Devorah Rose

Matchmaker: How Josh met Robyn

Two Cornell alums, Josh Tamaroff and Robyn Finklestein, bonded over their love for animals and NYC

03/07/2016 - 14:57
Jewish Week Online Columnist

He says: “We met at Cornell University in 2004.  I was a freshman, and I tried to pick up Robyn at a fraternity party.”  She politely disagrees: “We met six years later when we were neighbors in a Manhattan apartment building.  We first noticed each other on a day when I was wearing my Cornell sweats and doing my laundry.” Who is right? “We agree to disagree about when we met,” says 30 year-old Josh (Joshua) Tamaroff. Robyn Finkelstein, 31, adds: “But we agree that we were lucky to have met.”

Josh Tamaroff (right) and Robyn Finklestein. Susan Stripling

Private Conversions Causing Stir

New effort seen as rebuke to Chief Rabbinate.

08/18/2015 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Growing up in Belarus, Natya was considered Jewish because of her Jewish father — the son of Holocaust survivors.

Rabbi Nahum Rabinovitch, center in suit, during a session of the new conversion court. Courtesy of Itim

Summer Camp, Meet Online Dating

The secret to Jewish continuity might be at hand, new website baits.

10/07/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

For Lucy Cohen, now Cohen-Cirlin, marrying Jewish was always a priority. The daughter of a Conservative rabbi and a Jewish educator, marrying out was “not really an option,” she said in a recent phone interview.

Jaclyn and Max Gorney met at Camp Ramah California, during the summer of 1988, married January 2013. Courtesy of Reshet Ramah

Withholding A Get: Between Leverage And Extortion

12/25/2013 - 19:00

All too commonly, we read about a man who refuses to grant his wife a Jewish writ of divorce (a “get”). We are told her story, culminating in her demand for a get and a plea to help pressure the recalcitrant husband to grant it. As for the man’s version of events – they do not matter; according to the approach promoted by the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (“agunah” refers to a woman chained to a failed marriage by a husband unable or unwilling to grant her a get) and numerous others, it is never justified for a man to withhold a get as leverage during the divorce settlement.

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