Covering All The Bases

Drawn to its symbolism, non-Jews are increasingly getting married under the chupah.

Special To The Jewish Week

When Lorelei Gilmore, the unwed Connecticut mother on the award-winning sitcom, “Gilmore Girls,” was about to tie the knot in a 2001 episode, she was astonished to see her friend, Luke, drag an elaborate wooden chupah onto her lawn. She reminded him that neither she nor the groom, Max, was Jewish. “Don’t you have to be Jewish to get married under one of these?” she asked, gesturing to the structure, with its hand-carved images of birds, flowers and a sacrificial goat. “Won’t God smite us?”

A non-Jewish couple under the chupah in Austin, Texas. Sarah Q. Photography

Latter-Day Fashion

A Modern Orthodox bride searches long and hard for appropriate bridesmaids’ dresses.

Special To The Jewish Week

We’ve all seen the movies.

In “27 Dresses,” Katherine Heigl parades around in a series of truly hideous bridesmaid dresses, each one puffier, shinier and more ungaptchka than the last. In “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” the well-intentioned cousin reveals a sky-blue taffeta monstrosity with a mermaid frill and a plunging neckline.

The author’s sisters, and bridesmaids, Hannah Zuber, Aviva Gomberg and Zoe Gomberg.

It Still Takes A Village

In crowdsourcing for weddings, new methods for an old idea.


When Amanda Melpolder began planning her wedding to Jeff Greenberg, she hoped the ceremony would be unlike others.

Melpolder had become involved in an independent minyan in Brooklyn after converting to Judaism several years ago, and she and Greenberg wanted their wedding this June to reflect the prayer group’s community spirit and sense of do-it-yourself camaraderie.

Ned and Nahanni Lazarus standing under the chupah. Photo courtesy Nahanni Rous

Two Glasses Underfoot

For American-Israeli couple, married life is a delight — except for DOMA.

Staff Writer

In certain circles, the idea of an Israeli-American romance is extremely alluring. The American cherishes the stereotype of Israelis as sexier, more dashing versions of the Jews they grew up with: bronzed, muscled and comfortable with a gun. For the Israelis, an American represents access to the big world outside Israel, where life promises at once more opportunity and less stress.

Uri and Matt Tratner-Katz fell in love in Israel, married in Central Park and live in Queens. Photo courtesy Matt Tratner-Katz

Liberals Taking Historic Change In Stride

While fight for benefits continues, sense of normalcy about gay nuptials.

Associate Editor
Two minutes after the clock struck midnight on May 1, Fran and Anna Simon became the first LGBT couple in Colorado to legally unite, under the state’s new civil union law.
Jewish couple Fran and Anna Simon celebrated their civil union. Photo courtesy Fran and Anna Simon

The Art Of The Vow

Ketubah designer says it’s too early to tell if flurry of same-sex marriage legislation will affect business.

Associate Editor

When Aliza Boyer started making ketubahs, or Jewish wedding contracts, in 2008, the irony was that she and her girlfriend, who was helping with the business at the time, could not legally marry.

While many same sex couples have immediately had civil marriage ceremonies, fewer have opted for Jewish weddings with a ketubah,

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

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

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.

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

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.
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