Two Glasses Underfoot

For American-Israeli couple, married life is a delight — except for DOMA.
Staff Writer
06/12/2013 - 20:00

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
06/12/2013 - 20:00
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
06/12/2013 - 20:00

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
06/12/2013 - 20:00

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
06/12/2013 - 20:00

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.
06/12/2013 - 20:00
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
12/03/2012 - 19:00

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?
12/03/2012 - 19:00

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
12/03/2012 - 19:00

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.
12/03/2012 - 19:00

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
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