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...
Tuesday Nov 05, 2013
They had been friends for about six years. Lauren Karmely thought she would marry someone like Michel – his name is pronounced the French way. Then she began thinking of marrying him.
Lauren had invited Michel to a Sukkot party, along with other guys, family and lots of girlfriends. They dropped off a friend and were left alone in the car. He suggested a cup of tea at Dunkin Donuts. “It wasn’t a date,” says...
Monday Oct 07, 2013
They ate together and prayed together. The love came later.
Katherine Eckstein was living in Manhattan on 9/11 and was so shaken by the tragedy she felt she had to go to a religious service the following Saturday. This wasn't her usual practice. But it felt right.
The Saturday service was in Riverdale, New York. Dan Nadel, a guitarist and composer, was the musician-in-residence. The rabbi of the congregation was...