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Tzohar Rabbis to Offer Circumcision

As the struggle to conduct weddings continues, Tzohar is expanding its activity by offering additional religious services. The organization’s rabbis have announced a new initiative: Tzohar Mohels, who will offer friendly, inclusive circumcision ceremonies. The rabbis have promised to meet with clients before and after the ceremony and not charge a higher fee than that [...]

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Columbia Celebrates Its First Chassidic Wedding

The sea of bearded men in black frock coats and fedoras, lifting their voices in ancient Hebrew chants, was the first hint that this was no ordinary South Carolina wedding. Then there was the striking brunette bride, her eyes shielded by a rectangular face covering, led by her parents and grandparents seven times around the [...]

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Drew Barrymore Converting to Judaism

Drew Barrymore Converting to Judaism

Is Drew Barrymore Jewish? The answer is that she currently is not, but she appears to be interested in converting to the Jewish faith. She is engaged to marry Will Kopelman this year. While many non-Jews preparing for conversion to Judaism reach out to rabbis or Jewish friends for guidance, Drew Barrymore has sought out [...]

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Yes, An Orthodox Rabbi Can “Do” a Commitment Ceremony

Our colleague and teacher, Rabbi Steve Greenberg, is an Orthodox rabbi who will go down in history as being the first Orthodox rabbi to officiate a Jewish commitment ceremony and civil marriage for two men. In a recent article in The Jewish Week, Rabbi Greenberg explained that this ceremony which took place in Washington D.C. [...]

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Without the Rabbinate, I’ll thee wed

Without the Rabbinate, I'll thee wed

The people who attended Yehiel and Tamar’s wedding ceremony two and a half years ago thought they’d come to a typical wedding of a graduate of a hesder yeshiva (combining religious studies with military service ) and a graduate of a religious studies institute for women. The mesader kiddushin (officiating rabbi ) was a well-known [...]

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Paul McCartney’s new bride gets synagogue blessing ahead of wedding

Former Beatle Paul McCartney married American heiress Nancy Shevell on Sunday, after receiving a blessing at a local London synagogue. McCartney wed the divorced New Yorker in a civil ceremony at London’s Marylebone Register Office before 30 invited guests, ahead of a reception in his back garden in north London, reports said. He reportedly serenaded [...]

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Baptist Village

Baptist Village is Israel’s pride. Within a few minutes from the town of Petah Tikva, you would feel as though you are in an entirely different world. The serene atmosphere, magnificent landscape and the beautiful tress and citrus groves around the place welcomes you to the enchanting Holy Land. Everyone can visit the place anytime [...]

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Is Caroline Kennedy’s Husband Edwin Schlossberg Jewish?

Yes, Edwin Arthur Schlossberg is a Jew. All four of Schlossberg’s grandparents were Russian (Ukranian) Jews born near Poltava and arrived in the United States at Ellis Island. In 1986 Schlossberg married Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at Hyannis Port when Caroline was 28 and Ed was [...]

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Palestine flag outside haredi wedding

One of the most talked about weddings in the ultra-Orthodox sector was held last weekend under a veil of secrecy. Chaya Sara Nehama, 19, granddaughter of the late leader of the extreme Neturei Karta faction, Moshe Hirsch, married 16-year-old Menachem Mendel Reuven.The family became known for its ties with the Palestinian Authority leadership: The father [...]

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Gay, Jewish New Yorkers: Mazel tov to the newlyweds!

Maybe you’ve heard: As of last Sunday, same-sex marriage became legal in the state of New York. The law, which passed in June, went into effect over the weekend. Let’s recap some of the Jewish highlights this new law brought about, shall we? There are quite a few of them! At the stroke of midnight [...]

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Tips in Welcoming Non-Jewish Guests to a Jewish Wedding

Are you having a Jewish wedding and inviting some non-Jewish friends over? Traditional Jewish weddings are in many ways different to other types of weddings so it is important to do every effort to make them feel comfortable during the occasion. Here are some tips to make your non-Jewish friends welcome during your Jewish wedding. [...]

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700 Chuppas in New Jersey

700 Chuppas in New Jersey

11 couples celebrated their Jewish marriage ceremony Sunday with Bris Avrohom in New Jersey, at their annual gala dinner attended by Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger. In a procession, they were led one by one from the hotel lobby of the Sheraton hotel in Parsippany, NJ. Surrounded by family, friends and supporters of Chabad they merged [...]

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Weddings in Israel

Israel is a country made up of a salient variety of landscapes, dozens of historical landmarks juxtapose with oscillating cities, breath taking white sand beaches and outstanding desert landscapes, and a myriad of both wildlife and human cultures. Aloft the great city of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are some of the most arresting and artistic [...]

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Jewish Marriages

Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.’ So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would [...]

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Jewish Wedding Canopy

“He is the half part of a blessed man Left to be finished by such as she, and she, a fair divided excellence whose fullness of perfection lies in him.” – By William Shakespeare A marriage is forged by destiny; it should be a new beginning of life and a new starting point for happiness [...]

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Mitzvah Invitations – Planning in Advance

According to traditional Jewish traditions, the thirteen year old child who is still a fan of Saturday morning cartoons and is not even considering dating or driving anytime soon, is old enough to become a full fledged member of the Jewish congregation. Preparation for this mitzvah ceremony and celebration begins long before the child in [...]

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Traditional Jewish ceremonies

Baby naming ceremonies Every individual is born different. They say that no two individuals are alike, twins may look identical, but not everything about them is the same. But what’s special and unique about each and every one of us, is our names. One of the most exciting times for a parent is naming their [...]

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How to Prepare Your Own Jewish Wedding Program

Jewish wedding programs are a great way to outline the events of your wedding. The program is specifically important if you have guests who are non-practicing Jews or if you have an interfaith wedding. It will guide your guests to unfamiliar rituals incorporated in your wedding. Here’s how you can create your own Jewish wedding [...]

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Jewish Wedding Traditions: Breaking the Glass

Breaking the glass is part of Jewish wedding ceremonies. This ritual often concludes the wedding ceremony. The groom stomps on a glass with his foot and the guests shout “Mazel Tov.” Several meanings are associated with the smashing of the glass during a Jewish wedding. Some believe that this symbolizes the fragility of marriage, while others believe [...]

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Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding Guest List

Chelsea Clinton's Wedding Guest List

Now that Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky have gotten married in Whitebeck, NY, some details of the wedding have been reported. The New York Times reports that the interfaith ceremony was co-officiated by Rabbi James Ponet and Reverend William Shillady. Jim Ponet, a Reform rabbi, is Yale University’s Jewish chaplain. His official title is director [...]

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Rabbi co-officiates at Clinton wedding

Rabbi co-officiates at Clinton wedding

Chelsea Clinton was married under a chuppah in a ceremony co-officiated by a rabbi. Rabbi James Ponet, head of the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, was joined by Rev. William Shillady, a Methodist minister. Clinton and the groom, Marc Mezvinsky, reportedly were married under a chuppah, in a ceremony that featured friends [...]

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Spiritual Elevation of Physical Reality

Judaism views marriage as one of the core aspects of Torah living. In fact, the first incident in the Torah involving people was the story of the marriage of Adam and Chava. In addition, the first commandment in the Torah is “Peru U’revu”-Be fruitful and multiply. The highlight of the marriage ceremony , that which [...]

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Tips for Creating a Huppah

A Huppah or Chuppah is a Jewish wedding canopy with a piece of cloth or any covering draped over four poles.  The Huppah represents the home that the couple will build. There are no Halakhic requirements as to how big it should be and how it should appear. However, it should be big enough for the bride and groom to [...]

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How to Observe Brit Milah

Brit Milah is a Jewish ceremony performed on a baby boy eight days after he is born. Also known as Covenant of Circumcision, this ritual is done as a covenant between God and the children of Israel as written in the book of Genesis 17:1-14 and Leviticus 12:3.  The circumcision is done by cutting the foreskin of [...]

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Things to Consider When Planning for a Jewish Wedding

Planning for a Jewsih wedding can be exciting and stressful at the same time. Aside from the usual wedding details, the bride and groom need to consider important factors with regard to the wedding ceremony. Whether you’re planning for an Orthodox, Conservative or Reform wedding, the list below will help you plan for a beautiful [...]

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Wedding Kiddush Cup – A Kiddush Cup for a Very Special Day

Kiddush cups are a very important piece of the Jewish religion.  They are used to honor the mitzvah and the reciting of the Kiddush is important in every Jewish home.  But a day like a wedding deserves a remarkable wedding Kiddush cup, not just your ordinary one that you use at home.  It’s important to [...]

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Nambe Kiddush Cup – A Contemporary Option

It’s no secret that there are many options out there when you are shopping for a Kiddush cup.  We’ve covered what sterling silver can bring you and what to consider if you are looking for something special like a wedding Kiddush cup.  But what if neither of these fit the bill and you are hoping [...]

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Honor Your Jewish Heritage with Decorative Kiddush Cups

Whether celebrating Shabbat, a wedding, or any of the Jewish holidays, the reciting of the Kiddush is an important part of the ceremony, so the Kiddush cup that is used should convey the proper respect and dignity that the ritual deserves. With so many styles available, choosing the perfect one is not always an easy [...]

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Bar Mitzvah DJ – How to Find the Right DJ

When you are planning your son’s Bar Mitzvah, one of the things with which you need to use careful consideration is the Bar Mitzvah DJ. Your reception most likely will have about an equal mix of children and adults. They probably do not have the same taste in music so the difficult part is finding [...]

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The Real Complete Jewish Wedding Party

50 Most Important Songs & Traditions The most comprehensive Jewish Wedding Collection ever! Songs for: Bedekin (veiling the Bride) and Tish (pre-wedding reception), the Ceremony and the Seven Blessings, processionals, horas, music for toasts and dancing and much more. Label: World Wide Success, 2000

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