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

How Yoni Met Tali

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

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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.

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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

How Jackie Met David

A Moishe House brings two midwestern dog lovers together.

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They were both looking for community.  “That’s what we found at Moishe House St. Louis,” says David Elias, 30. And that’s where they found each other.  In the words of its founders:  “Moishe House is a place for young Jews to connect post-college. Moishe House is a community.” 

David Elias and Jackie Medintz. Tristan Scobie

How Noa Met Yair

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Their story has a bitter beginning. Noa Ofir and Yair Zribi met at a house of mourning. They were both grieving the death of their mutual friend, Oded Ben Sira.

Yair and Noa. Shai Zecharia

How Maria Met Yitz

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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

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

A Girl From Rio Meets A Guy From Brooklyn

Two people who refused to settle reap the rewards of their patience: a wedding, and a baby on the way.

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Can you really find your soul mate?

Guests hoist the happy couple aloft. Leticia Schwartz/JW

How Matti Met Abby

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Abigail (Abby) Duman Baer nods in agreement with the pronouncement at the Chabad website:  “In certain circumstances, it is permissible or even commendable to lie.” She then smiles and adds: “Still, I only told a white lie.” Matti Baer interjects: “Anyway, she didn’t fool me. I understood what Abby was trying to tell me, and I liked what I heard.”

Matti and Abby

How Jesse Met Becca

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Rebecca Stern and Jesse Wenger met in first grade. She was his first love and he was her first love. They were separated a year later when Jesse transferred to a public school in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and Becca remained at the Solomon Schechter in Elkins Park. Becca, 25, sometimes wonders what would have happened if they had remained in the same class through high school. Would they have ended up as a couple? “Probably not,” she concludes.

Jesse and Becca. Jessie Sandler

How Michal Met Joey

A woman in her late thirties and a man at the mid-century mark refused to give up.

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“It was just me and my cat,” says Michal Cohen Eckstein, when she was a 38-year-old religious single living in Jerusalem in 2012. But she didn’t give up hope and continued repeating her mantra: I will get married. She also decided to heed the Talmudic notion that if you change your place, you will change your luck. 

It all checked out. Courtesy of Joey and Michal Eckstein
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