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Under The Chuppah

The effort to build inclusive Jewish communities.

12/07/2016 (All day)

Newsflash: “A rabbi under the chuppah may boost Jewish engagement in intermarried homes,” according to a recent study by the Brandeis University Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies.

Adina Lewittes and Amichai Lau-Lavie

New Fare For Your Next Party

Parve Nutella and other must-try new kosher foods
for kids’ birthday parties and other bashes.

12/07/2016 (All day)

Secaucus, N.J. — At Kosherfest, the world’s largest kosher trade show, Yiddish and Hebrew is heard alongside English. Some 6,000 kosher-food insiders packed the massive hall, chatting, networking, and tasting samples.

Dyna Seas’ faux-crab cakes took home best new product honors at recent Kosherfest.

‘Chopped’-Style Events Are Tasty Trend

Cook-offs for fun or charity are catching on in the wake of the TV series.

Food & Wine Editor
12/07/2016 (All day)

At the recent Chop Hunger event benefiting the Brooklyn-based Masbia soup kitchen network of three restaurants, Rabbi Avi Levy presided over three competing chefs and three judges, all professionals in the food industry. As emcee of a “Chopped” event, Levy’s job was to simultaneously run the competition and keep the event attendees interested and engaged.

Miami chef Asaf Hadad at recent “Chop Hunger” fundraising event. Photos by Nora Wesson/JW

Suddenly, Frugality Is Hot

Acting on their values, more and more young Israelis are downscaling their wedding parties. A potluck, anyone?

Contributing Editor
12/06/2016 (All day)

Jerusalem — Tzipi Polisar and her husband could have held their wedding in an upscale wedding hall with catered food, but like a growing number of young Israelis getting married for the first time, they opted instead for a frugal wedding.

Noa Hazony and her husband, Shimmy, organized a potluck wedding on a synagogue balcony in a West Bank settlement.

Making Challah By The Book

Breads Bakery reveals its secrets.

Culture Editor
12/06/2016 (All day)

‘Start with challah,” Uri Scheft suggests to a rookie baker.

Scheft is the creative force and co-owner of the much beloved Breads Bakery in New York City, owner of Tel Aviv’s Lehamim Bakery, and now the author of “Breaking Breads” (Artisan Books). Just published, the cookbook instructs home bakers in making the delicacies served in his bakeries.

The bread of affection: The cover of “Breaking Breads.”

Celebrate (December 2016)

Making Challah by the Book; Frugal Weddings Are In Vogue; ‘Chopped’ Events Are A Tasty Trend; More

12/06/2016 (All day)
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Bring On The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Videos

Tweens do have a story all their own.

Israel Correspondent
07/21/2015 - 20:00

We’re in the final weeks of preparing for our twin sons’ bar mitzvah, and one of the things on our never-ending To Do list is a simple video. Our goal is to chronicle our boys’ development from cute newborns to precocious teens without boring our guests in the process.

The author’s bar mitzvah boys. The family is in the final week of preparations for the event.

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06/23/2015 - 20:00

Your Event at Carnegie Hall

Matching the artistry and grandeur of the world’s most iconic music hall, the event spaces at Carnegie Hall lend elegance and style to a variety of events—from corporate dinners and conferences to non-profit galas, festive weddings, and intimate private celebrations. Just two blocks south of Central Park, the historic landmark building is conveniently situated in the heart of Manhattan.

Letter Of The Law

Prenup, catering contract, and who owns the wedding video, anyway? Better get a lawyer.

Special To The Jewish Week
06/23/2015 - 20:00

If you’re planning a wedding, you’ll undoubtedly seek, and receive, blizzards of advice. But one person you may not think to call is a lawyer, and my point — and I know this will come as a surprise — is that this is unfortunate.

On Your Case Book Cover.

Marking Birthdays With Dancing And Good Deeds

From fundraising massages to a flamenco performance, innovative ways to celebrate a new decade.

Culture Editor
06/23/2015 - 20:00

For her upcoming 70th birthday, artist Miriam Stern’s family is planning to publish a book about her artistic career, with essays about her work and color images. The idea was a surprise to her when they told her of their plans last year. Her family knew that she did not like parties with her as the center of attention and thought of this meaningful tribute in her honor. She was delighted, and is now involved in the process of selecting images and working with the writers (miriamstern.net).

Micki Kaplan Reiss marked a milestone birthday with a flamenco flourish. Teddy Reiss
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