One red wine was compared to a really great passionate kiss. Another was praised as earthy, like wet leaves, like the earth itself.
Participants in the Israeli Wine Lovers Club are encouraged to share their reactions to the wines they taste, to speak about aromas, flavors, oakiness, acidity, balance and, mostly, how all of the above strikes their palettes.
Ilana Segal loves stories and the process of uncovering them, which is why she worked as a curator for many years, examining and unearthing the tales behind objects for New York’s Central Synagogue, the library at the Jewish Theological Seminary and North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Chicago.
“I love pulling out the stories of lives, people and places,” she said. “I’m driven by the rich stories that lay hidden in objects, and doing the right research to expand those stories.”
Jerusalem — The bride and groom, in their 20s, ordered a wedding cake adorned with their image, but unbeknownst to them it arrived on their wedding day featuring an image of an elderly couple with the words, “Mazal tov Bubbe and Zeide on your 60th Wedding Anniversary.”
Had their wedding planner, Shani Falik-Roth, not caught the mistake in time, the guests would have been slicing into grandma and grandpa.
Jerry Cahn, a professor of strategic management at Baruch College, is also a serial entrepreneur. The Upper West Sider, whose varied career includes work on Capitol Hill and a stint as director of research and evaluation at Planned Parenthood, has launched three companies with the same name: Brilliant Image. He sold the first, a presentation graphics company, in 1999 to C2Media. The second, which he later renamed Target 3 Communications, is a branding, investor/public relations and marketing communications firm.
Tying the knot at 50: The romance, the run-up to the wedding and the post-wedding reality. For my 16th birthday, my father gave me a yellow toolbox filled with screwdrivers and wrenches. For my 18th birthday, he gave me an electric drill. For my 21st birthday, he gave me a book, "You Don’t Need a Man to Fix It!" Is it any wonder I didn't the end of the wedding ceremony it is customary for the groom to break a glass. Some say it represents a dose of reality being introduced into the marriage bond. Like many never-been-married 50-year-old women, I was self-sufficient.
Almost every movie about a wedding has the scene where the bride is about to walk down the aisle, and the camera pans to the groom’s face, which tells all: about the groom, the marriage, the movie. From "Late Marriage" to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," from "Bride Wars" to "The Syrian Bride," new wedding films from Israeli and American directors are released almost every season. These romantic comedies, dramas and ethnic tales untie the knot and tie it again.
1. Don’t blow your wedding money on a cruise or any other short-term purchase; invest it so that one day you’ll be able to use it to put a down payment on a home. If you plan to buy in the next year, keep it liquid by stashing it in a CD or a high-yield online savings account. If buying a house is three to five years away, consider investing in no-load index funds through a company such as Vanguard or Fidelity.
2. Sign up for a free online financial management program, such as Mint.com, Thrive (justthrive.com) or Quicken. These tools allow you to view all of your saving,
If they’d met a generation ago, Shayna Peavey, a cantor, and Melissa De Lowe, a first-grade Judaic studies teacher, might very well have fallen in love. They might have waltzed across Israel together, setting off for little-known destinations in their leisure time — as they did when they first met as Hebrew Union College students abroad in Jerusalem. They might have regrouped in New York City, where Peavey, now 30, finished her cantorial studies, and De Lowe, 27, moved after dating Peavey for three months in Israel.