Celebrate

Art Of The Deal

03/12/2008
Staff Writer
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.      

How I Met Your Mother

03/12/2008
Staff Writer
Ellen Braunstein likes to joke that she met her husband, Mark, on an Internet dating site back when “people worried they’d meet ax murderers online. We were pioneers. Back then, no one was doing it.”   

Make Your Simcha Truly Joyous By Doing a Mitzvah

Staff Writer
10/30/2009

American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem Sharon Goldwyn 49 West 45th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10036 212-764-8062 Website: www.acsz.org Email: sgolRead more »

Can’t Hurry Love

Special to the Jewish Week
10/30/2009

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.

Reel Wedding Advice

Staff Writer
10/30/2009

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.

Financial Tips For Newlyweds

Staff Writer
10/30/2009

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,
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Rainbow Chupah

Special To The Jewish Week
10/30/2009

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.

The Bride Who Looked Like Oatmeal, And Other ‘Green Wedding’ Myths

Staff Writer
10/30/2009

When planning her wedding, the Jewish commitment to the concept of ba’al tashchit, of not wasting unnecessarily, was paramount to Miriam Brosseau. Brosseau is a songwriter for Stereo Sinai, a socially responsible and environmentally conscious band whose "Biblegum Pop" fuses traditional gospel music with Hebrew verses from the book of Judges.

She and fellow band member Alan Sufrin were married on Tu b’Shvat, the New Year for the trees. "We liked the idea of getting married on a day associated with growth and renewal," she says.

Air Of Celebration

03/24/2009

Assistant Managing Editor
Calling in an Israeli air strike may not be your first thought for bar or bat mitzvah party preparation. But the popularity of aviation history is growing, as evidenced by enhanced exhibits at the Intrepid and the Cradle of Aviation museums here. So Long Islander and Israel-native Arye Sachs is hoping his expanding fleet of vintage aircraft and cockpits, which he has salvaged and faithfully restored, will add an adventurous touch to kids’ celebrations.

A DJ’s Spin

03/24/2009

Assistant Managing Editor
When planning a celebration, few choices are as important as the music selection, which not only sets the tone and pace of the event but sends a message to guests about the host’s values and taste. Jeff Neckonoff has been a party DJ since the days when they actually spun vinyl records on turntables under disco balls. But since he took up Orthodox observance in 2004, he’s changed his perspective on the impact of music on kids and on the Jewish quality of a celebration.
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