Matchmaker

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

How Jesse Met Joyce

08/01/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Tying the knot is not the first choice of every couple these days. Joyce Silver and Jesse Koch got hitched in part because of the grandchildren.

A new trend in retirement is for couples to live together outside the marriage bond. In fact, unmarried seniors living together are the fastest growing segment of cohabitants in the United States. People don't want to put up with loneliness. They want to live together. But they are likely to remain unmarried to avoid tax issues and inheritance questions.

Joyce Silver and Jesse Koch

How Isaac met Abby

06/05/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

"The happiest couples, it seems, are those who met through church," concludes Laura Blue, Time Magazine correspondent. "These partners report the highest overall relationship satisfaction."

Abby, 26, and Isaac, 28, agree. They started dating when they were both working at Chizuk Amuno Synagogue in Baltimore.

Abby Kogen and Isaac Woloff

Godsend: How Josh met Michelle

05/01/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Gary Garrison, a playwright and author, is not even Jewish. But he gets the mitzvah points for introducing two of his friends in New York, Michelle and Josh.

In May 2009, Michelle Fadem dropped by to see Garrison. He was her former professor and a colleague in an online social network for over 3,000 playwrights called The Loop. "Most importantly, he's one of my favorite people," adds Michelle.

Josh Kashinsky and Michelle Fadem

How Steve Met Sara

04/04/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

A New York comedian is likely to say clever things. Here's one from Steve Hofstetter: “It’s a scary thought when you’ve known the condiments in your refrigerator longer than your fiancée.”

Steve Hofstetter and Sara Tenenbein

How Avi met Suzanne

03/02/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Suzanne took a leap of faith and traveled 7500 miles to pursue the guy she hoped would be her husband. “I didn’t have a clue,” says Avi.

In December, 2008, Suzanne Anziska was a 28-year old business school student at Northwestern University. Her family was celebrating her dad’s 60th birthday; not in Teaneck, where her parents lived, but in her dad’s hometown of Cape Town, South Africa.

 Suzanne Anziska and Avi Kawalsky

How Barry met Rachel

02/10/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Rachel was a rising star in the Democratic Party and she left her home base to follow her man. A Republican, no less.

Rachel Storch was a state representative in the Missouri House and had been chosen to head its Democratic campaign. Then another opportunity knocked.

Rachel Storch and Barry Akrongold

How Larry met Shelley: A Congressional Romance

01/03/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Larry Lehrner trumps Maureen Dowd.

Maureen Dowd, New York Times columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of the best-seller, Are Men Necessary?, claims that men are put off by women in power. In fact, she suggests that the more successful the woman, the less likely it is she will find a husband.

Larry Lehrner married his Congresswoman, Shelley Berkley.

Larry Lehrne and Shelley Berkley

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

How Jonathan met Lainee

10/31/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Jonathan was simply looking for a weekend away. Lainee was somewhat reluctant, thinking, “These men—none of them are serious!” Yet both took a chance and went to a 2008 Memorial Day singles weekend at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires.

Neither Lainee nor Jonathan had been married before. Both dated a lot, always looking for the right person. “But we never gave up,” says Lainee.

Lainee Cohen and Jonathan Grauman

How Jacob Met Dolly

10/04/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Thirty years after Jacob Chinitz, a Conservative rabbi, and his wife Ruth and two children moved to Israel, he took an interim post at a Montreal synagogue. A woman in his Bible class there would turn out to be his next wife. But not yet.

Jacob was widowed in 2005 after 50 years of marriage. He was back in Israel and still had the company there of two children and six grandchildren. But it's not the same as a partner. "Two years later, I was still lonely," says the rabbi.

Jacob Chinitz and Dolly Dezsofi
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