Jewish singles

Tuesday, The Rabbi Went Out

The largely uncharted (an unspoken-of) territory of being single in the clergy.

Special To The Jewish Week
12/07/2010

There’s probably not another profession, outside of royalty, where the spouse gains a title upon marriage. Even if the traditional role of the rabbi’s spouse, or rebbetzin, has changed considerably in this generation, there’s still recognition of the supporting role a spouse might play, publicly and privately. (And there’s no name yet for the husband of a female rabbi, but plenty of playful attempts like rebbitz-sir).

Directions December 2010

A New York Romance: Jewish Singles Today, Loving and Longing. Single rabbis looking for love; best first-date spots; to be young, gifted, Orthodox -- and divorced.

Staff Writer
12/07/2010
Directions December 2010

How Marvin met Oshrat

12/05/2010
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

Where the Boys Are

The point of her story was her job interview and the possibility of gainful employment, but I had other possibilities in mind.

“Did you say the company is located in the high tech valley?” I asked, even if in Jerusalem, the high-tech area is not really a “valley.”

She said it was.

“Where there are tech companies there are men!” I said, giving her a friendly punch on the arm to wake her up.

Her eyes opened wide.

“I never thought of that,” she said.

Has My Dating Life Become 'Friday the 13th Revisited?'

“You know when you’re watching a horror film and the girl is about to head into the shed because she forgot her sweater? And you’re sitting there watching the whole thing and cringing, saying, ‘No, no, no!! Just don’t go into that shed! Just forget about your sweater!’”

“Well, that’s how I feel when I read your dating columns.”

This from a friend whom I saw at a party on the Upper West Side. Which is another way of saying, this is the first I had heard of the “Abby as singles’ horror columnist” before.

Table For One: For Singles, A Different Kind Of Judgment

The Days of Awe and the nagging marriage question.

09/07/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

The days of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are supposed to be days of judgment by God. But for singles, they are often days of judgment by family and friends who ask the inevitable — and inevitably annoying — question: “Why aren’t you married yet?”

Queens Cantor Yossi Lisauer said praying for a mate is good, but praying and taking action is better.

Spiritual Housecleaning, Indian Style

08/31/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

 ‘Where was I?”

Which was really another way of saying, “What in the bleep was I doing?”

I asked myself these questions through my haze as I lay prone on a couch in the living room of an Israeli couple I barely knew.

How Gennady met Nurit

08/31/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

They have different skin colors and different mother tongues. But Ethiopian-born Nurit Beru Kuchuk says: "We have so much in common. We both moved to Israel with our families at a young age and both served in the Israeli army." Her Moldova-born husband, Gennady Kuchuk, adds: "We both spent time in the U.S.; and we are both film professionals." Nurit is a photographer; Gennady is a script writer and film director.

Nurit Beru Kuchuk  and Gennady Kuchuk

The Perfect Night for Romance

It was a perfect night.

First the drive from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, which is often more like a “extended standstill” than an actual drive, was smooth sailing and without incident.

And even the weather, which has been so hot and oppressive, managed to cooperate.

Which is another way of saying that by the time we got to Tel Aviv, I even sensed a slight breeze and did not feel the need to remove every item of clothing, including and not excluding my bones, just to get a little relief.

Love On The LIRR

08/03/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

In the mood for a Real, Honest-to-Hashem Love Story?

Something that does not end with the phrase, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry?” 

Something, for that matter, that does not end in disappointment and loneliness? Or worse: Penury and woe?

I mean, something with teeth. Preferably involving the Shoah? Because I don’t know about you but I love a good Holocaust love story. 

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