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How Maria Met Yitz

Special To The Jewish Week

Yitz Lauterbach met Maria Kharina in an international relations class at the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Appropriately, their own backgrounds made for an interesting international relationship.

Yitz and Maria Lauterbach. Courtesy of yarovinsky.co.il

How Eli Met Tova

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For eleven years, Dr. Tova Goldfine was an agunah, the victim of a recalcitrant husband who refused to give her a gett (a Jewish divorce), after abandoning her and their 2-year-old daughter. “Never in a million years did I think I could trust another man,” says Tova.

Tova and Eli. Courtesy of Tova and Eli Vermouth

How Yakira Met Michael

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Yakira Wiesel was the only girl on the crowded rooftop of a rickety bus. She was in Nepal, on a nine-hour ride, heading toward the Frozen Lake Trek. She heard some of the guys speaking Hebrew, which was comforting for a 20- year-old Israeli girl. When the bus began to shake, she turned to one of them and asked: “Can I lean on you?” Michael Azulay, who was 23 at the time, was happy to oblige. He recalls: “I immediately felt an attraction.” 

Yakira and Michael Azulay: Their road to destiny went through Nepal.

How Maor Met Eliav

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He followed her to Los Angeles. She followed him to Jerusalem.

Maor and Eliav’s wedding was Israeli, American, Jewish, outdoorsy and hip. Elliot Glassenberg

How Dan Met Katherine

Drawn together again by a brit, a kiss over chicken soup seals the deal.

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They ate together and prayed together. The love came later.

Dan and Katherine dated briefly and broke up, then reunited years later. Photo courtesy Katherine Eckstein

How David Met Lisa

Neurotic Jews who share chemistry, a birthday and 'hair solidarity' connect despite starkly different careers.
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“We’re both neurotic Jews with roots in the New York area,” says David Jacobsen. “We share the same birthday, adds Lisa Schwartz.  “And we have the same hair,” continues David.  “We have hair solidarity.”  According to the matching algorithm of an online dating service, David and Lisa were compatible.

Lisa Schwartz and David Jacobsen

How Yeshai Met Lital

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 Lital Mosan happened to be in the right place to find her future husband. All she had to do was go  to work every day.

Lital was working in the mayor's office at the Jerusalem City Hall. For months, she would enter the pretty stone municipal complex and greet the security guards on duty. It was just “hello, hello” each time. Security guards – many of them young and unmarried – are omnipresent in Jerusalem.  They are generally seen but not often noticed.

Lital Mosan and Yeshai Gordon, married May 22nd, 2013.

How John Met Jen

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“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.
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