Sunday Apr 06, 2014
He’s from Missouri and she’s from Florida. They met in Ra’anana, Israel. In the spring of 2011, Andrea “Andy” Surasky, then 20, was living in Ra’anana with her family who had come to live in Israel after Andy graduated high school. Jason Ast, then 23, was living in another Israeli town, but would come to Ra’anana to visit his friend, Simcha.
It was Simcha who brought Andy...
Monday Mar 03, 2014
“My late husband wished me to re-marry,” says Judy Brown, “but it took me sixteen years. At first, I couldn’t even think about a second marriage, and then when I was ready, there was no one waiting in line to meet me.”
She started asking friends about setting her up. Judy, 67, a popular teacher, dancer, and choreographer in Jerusalem, has a huge circle of friends who adore her. “Yet...
Monday Feb 03, 2014
She was a New York State Assemblywoman on a mission – to find the perfect guy for her best friend, Fran Reid. She had someone in mind for Fran – Gary Bixhorn, Chief Operating Officer of Eastern Suffolk Board of Educational Service (BOCES). But Gary, a recent widower, was still in mourning and wasn’t ready to hear any talk about dating. “Basically, I cut her off,” says Gary.
Sunday Jan 05, 2014
Yakira Wiesel was the only girl on the crowded rooftop of a rickety bus. She was in Nepal, on a nine-hour ride, heading toward the Frozen Lake Trek. She heard some of the guys speaking Hebrew, which was comforting for a 20- year old Israeli girl. When the bus began to shake, she turned to one of them and asked: “Can I lean on you?” Michael Azulay, who was 23 at the time, was happy to oblige. He recalls:...
Wednesday Dec 04, 2013
He followed her to Los Angeles. Later she followed him to Jerusalem. She’s the yin to his yang.
Eliav Rodman and Maor Shaffin were both regional directors for the World Zionist Organization when they met at a staff training session in August 2010. “I thought she was cute,” says Eliav, “and I proceeded to chat her up. But she blew me off.”
Maor retorts: “The next day, I did give...