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Bridal Jewelry Going Less Traditional

Special To The Jewish Week
05/26/2010

Jerusalem — On their wedding 

             day, brides wear the most beautiful

     jewelry they can buy or borrow. To the groom, his finance’s deliberations over which necklace or headpiece to wear can feel like an obsession.  

While many Israeli women, especially if they are very religious, continue to choose traditional strands of pearls or a diamond pendant with matching earrings for their wedding day, an increasing number of Israeli brides are going the less-traditional route. 

This Negrin necklace is made of clusters of crystals. Inset: A lyrical necklace from the Hedya Design Studio.

No Texting During The Haftorah!

Welcome to etiquette boot camp for the bar/bat mitzvah set.

Special to the Jewish Week
05/26/2010

Send in your RSVP on time. Don’t show up at the bar mitzvah party in sneakers. And no text messaging during the bar mitzvah boy’s speech.

Has Miss Manners gone Jewish? Maybe not but a growing number of yeshiva day schools are arming their students with such etiquette tips before they take their spin on the bar/bat mitzvah circuit.

The Gifted Child

Special To The Jewish Week
05/26/2010

 When my niece Simone turned 4, I instinctively knew what she would treasure: a set of miniature-sized nail polish in brilliant hues of red and pink. She smiled at those tiny bottles all evening; even with the lids closed, lined up like dolls on our coffee table, they delivered endless amusement. 

The Book on Gifts: "The Book Thief"

Adding Meat To The Kosher Indian Plate

Special To The Jewish Week
05/26/2010

 At certain times of the day, the stretch of Lexington Avenue from 26th to 30th streets is fragrant with the aroma of cardamom, cloves, cumin, ginger and the other spices that fire up Indian cuisine. Taxis park all along the side streets, as their drivers take their breaks in the Indian restaurants, fast-food places, sari and spice shops that dominate the neighborhood known alternatively as Curry Hill and Little India. Diners include couples, colleagues and families, with men in turbans as well as kippot, as several of the restaurants are under rabbinic supervision.

The soon-to-open Shalom Bombay on Lexington Avenue just north of Curry Hill. courtesy of shalom bombay

Celebrate May 2010

Hot Indian food, the quest for the perfect bar mitzvah gift, simcha etiquette boot camp, edgy bridal jewelry and more

05/26/2010

Hot Indian food, the quest for the perfect bar mitzvah gift, simcha etiquette boot camp, edgy bridal jewelry and more

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Allowing Kids To Make The Decisions

03/12/2008
Special To The Jewish Week

It’s not surprising that a committee at UJA-Federation of New York is now in the process of reviewing grant proposals, looking at agency budgets and visiting those same agencies. It’s the sort of work that typifies the allocation of money by any large charity, be it federation or another organization.

Celebrate - November 2009

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BRIDAL COUTURE

11/17/2009
NM Sandy 325 W. 38TH Street, Suite 1508 New York, NY 10018 • 212-842-0324 Nicolas Martinez • nmsandyny@gmail.com www.NMSandy.com NM Sandy is a compilation of custom-made gowns created by designer Nicolas Martinez. Designs include Cocktail dresses, Evening gowns, Mother of the Bride, Wedding Dresses. CATERERs RAM Caterers Congregation Shaare Zion Brooklyn, NY • 718 336 0300 Congregation Magen David Deal, NJ • 732 517 0100

The Rayze And Raisel Hadassah Project

Special To The Jewish Week
11/17/2009
The other day, after an especially grueling week on call, I read something about a traditional healer somewhere in Africa who was chronically cranky and sick because her healing technique involved taking on so much of her patients’ ailments. I had never met that lady, but I knew just how she felt, because I too felt like I had just given birth to seven babies, undergone three C-sections and was barely recovered from a life-threatening post-partum hemorrhage.

‘Choofing’ It At The Simcha

Special To The Jewish Week
11/17/2009
It started as a joke. After a tap show in early 2008, Shelby Kaufman and some other dancers were out celebrating. When they counted the number of Jewish tappers among their ranks, they started referring to themselves as “choofers” a play on “hoofer,” a common term for the style of dance Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers made famous, and more contemporary icons like Gregory Hines and Savion Glover carried into subsequent generations.
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