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Married On The Mediterranean — But Not In Israel

An entire industry has grown up in Cyprus (and the Czech Republic) catering to civil weddings overseas.

Israel Correspondent
06/13/2013

Jerusalem — Located in the eastern Mediterranean, the island of Cyprus feels very familiar to Israelis, due to its warm climate, its arid stretches of mountainous land filled with olive trees, and its beautiful beaches.

Every year, 20,000 Israeli couples marry abroad, many of them in Cyprus. Photo courtesy the Golden Bay Hotel, Larnaca, Cyprus

This Summer, It’s Comfort Food And Mason Jars

What’s in store, food and drink-wise, for the season’s weddings.

Special To The Jewish Week
06/13/2013

When I mentioned to someone recently that I was writing about “Jewish wedding food trends” they asked me — “what are Jewish wedding food trends? The dessert stinks and the caterer charges double?” Not so far from the truth.

A mojito from Prime Catering.

The Jewish Wedding Today June 2013

The new wedding food.
Israeli couples: We’ll always have Cyprus.
Gay marriage and the Jewish community.
Latter-day style for bridesmaids’ dresses.

06/13/2013
The Jewish Wedding Today June 2013

The Bat Mitzvah Wanderings

From rural Vermont to the Western Wall, several generations of a family come of age in the most eclectic of ways.

Special To The Jewish Week
12/04/2012

I was not the only Jewish child in our small town in Vermont in 1980. I had a sister, two years younger. The Brooklyn-born science teacher at our public school had two young children. We were friends with another Jewish family who lived a few towns away.

The author and her son, Theo Canter.

A Wedding Menu That Transcends Borders

When marrying someone from a different background, what is the best way to provide a menu everyone will love?

12/04/2012

As borders become more faint, and online dating services more prevalent, many of us are pushed out of our respective ethnic bubbles and into the arms of a special someone from a different background.

While Jews share many customs and traditions, we also have our share of diversity— including the kosher and not, and Ashkenazim and Sephardim, to name a few. Attempt to fuse these different customs into one wedding, and you’ll undoubtedly run into conflict. Particularly in an area that all Jews, regardless of background, feel quite passionate about: food.

The cuisine at a wedding table often melds various ethnic, cultural and religious preferences. tracy hunter

Vintage Capsouto

Jacques Capsouto delves into the Israeli wine market with a vineyard in northern Israel.

Special To The Jewish Week
12/04/2012

There is an iconic Tribeca restaurant known for its delicate soufflés and its old-world charm. Though the restaurant is not kosher, its wine list includes many Israeli options (18 to date) and it holds an annual Passover seder.

Jacques Capsouto with the rabbi certifying the kosher wines in his new vineyard.

Your Presence Is Requested…

Electronic invitations a growing trend, but many still want traditional paper keepsakes.

12/04/2012

Washington — My bat mitzvah invitation had bright purple embossed text on a hot pink card with my name enlarged in decorative script at the top and daisies adorning the bottom.

Twenty-plus years later, I remember eagerly waiting for my friends to receive the invitations and running home weeks later to check the mailbox for the return of the RSVP envelopes. Secured in a scrapbook, the invitation is a treasured memento.

No envelopes or stamps needed: Online simcha invitations are quickly replacing the traditional printed version. JTA

Food Coexistence

Diverse culinary traditions come together in ‘Jerusalem’ cookbook.

Jewish Week Book Critic
12/04/2012

I was once chatting about food with a cab driver in Jerusalem on a Friday at midday, and he offered a detour to his mother’s apartment to see the Kurdish Shabbat dishes she was preparing. I happily agreed, and soon was lifting lids on the many pots still simmering on her stove — fragrant soup, stuffed vegetables, spiced rice, with Moroccan-inspired salads already on the table. This was Jerusalem home cooking at its best: fresh ingredients, bold flavors, great hospitality but no recipes. She cooked it all, literally, by heart.

“Jerusalem: A Cookbook” is based on the authors’ families’ recipes.

Weddings In A Time Of War

The recent Gaza conflict was tough on simcha preparations. ‘I was prepared to get married in the backyard if necessary,’ a bride says.

Israel Correspondent
12/04/2012

Jerusalem — Months ago, when Pnina Weiss was planning her late-November wedding, she spent a lot of time choosing the hall, the menu, the photographer.

What Weiss couldn’t anticipate was that a war would make it impossible to tie the knot in her fiancé, Shimon’s, hometown of Ashkelon, located just a few miles from Israel’s border with Gaza.

A week before their big day, Israel’s Home Front Command began prohibiting gatherings of over 100 people in the south of the country.

An Israeli couple, posed for photos at the Western Wall while a prayer vigil,held during the recent war between Israel and Hamas

Celebrate December 2012

Weddings in a time of war, food coexistence in “Jerusalem” cookbook, Jacques Capsouto delves into Israeli wines, and more.

12/04/2012
Celebrate December 2012
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