An occasional feature from Leah Hakimian, a matchmaker and marriage expert, who finds the best "how we met" stories.

Matchmaker: How Mike Met Chloe

09/05/2016 - 11:21
Jewish Week Online Columnist

It generally takes two to make a match.  But in order for Chloe Leavitt, 27, to meet Michael (Mike) Fabiani, 30, it took an additional three: Chloe’s mom, Lauren; Mike’s mom, Marcy; and Lisa, a friend of both Lauren and Marcy.

Chloe Leavitt, 27, & Mike Fabiani, 30, on their wedding day. Photo courtesy of Annie Mcelwain & Raya Carlisle

How Michael met Julie

07/28/2016 - 16:48
Jewish Week Online Columnist


Michael Biblowit and Julie Cannold were married on April 2, 2016 in Manhattan. Hechler Photographers

How Isaac Met Allyson

06/17/2016 - 10:33
Jewish Week Online Columnist

The credit for the match goes to Rabbi Matthew Reimer.  He was the organizer of his temple’s Friday night service where Isaac Hattem, 29, met Allyson Stone, 28.

Isaac Hattem, 29, met Allyson Stone, 28. Courtesy Ryan Brenizer Photography

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

How Yehiel Met Rachel

04/07/2016 - 16:50
Jewish Week Online Columnist

“This is a story how music and dancing can bring people together,” writes the Times of Israel editor. He was referring to the production of Hairspray.  It’s also the story of Rachel Weisblatt and Yehiel Lock.

Rachel Weisblatt and Yehiel Lock. Courtesy of Adina Weisblatt

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

How Claudia Met Dan

02/03/2016 - 09:50
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“If Dan doesn’t text me by 5 PM, then I’ll text him,” decided Claudia. He didn’t; so she did. Dan explains: “In 2011 I was 21 and didn’t think I was ready to date.”

Dan and Claudia. Roni Weiss

How Michael Met Allison

A mutual love of running enhances a young couple’s relationship.

11/12/2015 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

“Look for guys by following your hobbies,” suggests wikiHow. “Ask yourself what you really love to do.” Allison Dwyer, 26, was doing what she really loved – cheering for the track team of her alma mater, Emory University. Michael (Mike) Rothbart, 29, was at the Armory Track and Field Center for the same reason. “No way was I there to look for guys,” insists Allison.

Similar backgrounds brought two Emory alums together. Danny Weiss

How Yoni Met Tali

Something good came out of a high school math class, after all.

09/30/2015 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Tali Brown and Yoni Kozlowski were classmates at the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, a co-educational Modern Orthodox Jewish Day School in Rockville, MD. They lived in the same neighborhood and both went to the Kemp Mill Synagogue, where their families were friends. 

The young couple likes to think of themselves as a start-up. Michael Temchine

How Samantha Met Ben

In Israel for a service program, first she got lost, then she found her husband.

08/31/2015 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

About two weeks after her arrival in Israel, Samantha traveled to the town of Rishon LeZion to visit her friend, Melanie. From the bus station, she called for directions. Melanie, herself a newcomer, couldn’t help, but said that her roommate, Ben, was a runner and knew the city. 

Ben’s cake box held a big surprise. JF Photography/Jessica Frykman
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