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The Wedding Planner, Times Two

One summer, two events and a season full of joy.

Special To The Jewish Week
11/19/2014

‘Happy for all her maternal feelings was the day on which Mrs. Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters,” Jane Austen writes in “Pride and Prejudice.” If not quite with the gleeful triumph of a Mrs. Bennet, still with a sense of personal accomplishment, I married off both my children last summer.

The author’s children, Alex, (with husband Sol). Photos courtesy of Gloria Kestenbaum

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11/19/2014

Carlyle of Lawrence

Carlyle of Lawrence is one of the most majestic venues on Long Island. Celebrate your union within the stained-glass walls of the incredible gothic sanctuary, ascend the sweeping staircase and enter through stately entry doors to the impressive avant-garde cocktail room with its full length bars and fire and ice décor, and end your night dancing beneath the illuminated crown moldings in the magnificent ballroom. Non-kosher custom catering is standard, while kosher and glatt kosher catering can be provided. With only one event at a time, our experienced event planners will make sure every intricate detail is attended to and will meticulously set the stage for your perfect day.

‘It’s Our Big, Fat, Jewish Wedding’

In Polish city, a tying-of-the-knot celebrate Jewish rediscovery and revival.

11/19/2014

Wroclaw, Poland — When Katka Reszke and Slawomir Grunberg tied the knot last summer at the historic White Stork synagogue in this southwestern Polish city, they were determined that the occasion would be more than just a wedding.

Friends, family and media crowd in front of the chuppah at the wedding in Katka Reszke and Slawomir Grunberg.

Let Them Eat … Lions And Gorillas

College student (and ‘Cake Boss’ intern) Melissa Alt is honing her craft of high-end cake decorating for simchas.

Special To The Jewish Week
11/19/2014

Melissa Alt has both a lion head and a gorilla head on display in her family’s dining room. No, she’s not an avid hunter, but a budding cake decorator displaying the remnants of her most prized works of art.

Sweet vocation: Teaneck’s Melissa Alt delights in crafting cakes in creative shapes, including members of the animal kingdom.

The Eighth Day, For Girls

New book offers a cultural and religious history of the ritual behind baby naming.

Culture Editor
11/19/2014

Sharon Siegel rethinks the first lifecycle event for newborn girls, presenting a ceremony — and the research and halachic thought behind it — for the eighth day of life.

Lawyer-author Sharon Siegel has written a guide for welcoming girls that avoids denominational distinctions. Sharon Siege

A Simcha That’s Cinematic

Jerusalem’s Cinema City complex mixes the modern and the traditional.

Israel Correspondent
11/19/2014

Jerusalem — Only in Jerusalem could a single events venue offer an educational celebration in a Bible museum and a bash in the VIP lounge and movie theater. 

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A Simcha That’s Cinematic; The Eighth Day, For Girls; Let Them Eat … Lions And Gorillas

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‘If You Can Move, You Can Dance’

Teaneck dance instructor (the former Miss Motion) often leads, but sometimes follows.

Culture Editor
12/11/2013

Weeknights in Teaneck, a high school gym is transformed into a make-believe ballroom, as couples circle around the floor, waltzing or doing the tango or a fox trot to Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon.” The instructor, a magical dancer named Lauren Faustini, gently guides them, adjusting their stance, and sometimes preventing them from colliding.

Lauren Faustini with her husband, Gus Faustini.

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12/11/2013

The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts (CKCA) of Brooklyn, New York
Is the worldwide destination for those seeking culinary education in an uncompromised kosher environment. Over 400 professional training students have traveled to study at CKCA from within the US and from as far away as Australia, Panama, Mexico, the UK, Italy, and Canada since it is the only Kosher Culinary School outside of Israel. CKCA has been featured FOX5-TV, The New York Times and many other publications.

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