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All Aboard the Anat Hoffman Wedding 'Love Boat'

By Anne Cohen

Are you Jewish, Israeli and worried you won’t be able to marry under the auspices of the Chief Rabbinate? Anat Hoffman has a solution for you.

The Women of the Wall leader has put out a call for a cruise ship that would allow Israelis to have extraterritorial weddings.

“I am seeking a large used ship, a captain, and a few willing rabbis to launch a love boat that will travel in and out of Israeli territorial waters to perform marriage ceremonies, Hoffman said, at the end of an article written for the Israel Religious Action Center, Haaretz reports.

This out-of-the-box proposal comes in tandem with a push to relax Israeli marriage laws, which rely heavily on the Orthodox Chief Rabbinate recognizing one’s Jewishness. Since there is no civil marriage option, if they say no-Jew, it’s basically a no-go. In the same article, Hoffman gave the example of her son Ariel, who chose to get married in Cyprus so he and his wife could have a non-Orthodox Jewish wedding that would still have legal standing in Israel.

“This situation is unparalleled in any other democratic country,” Hoffman wrote. “Over 20,000 Israeli couples get married outside of Israel every year. On their flight to Cyprus, Ariel and his wife observed that the plane was filled with Israelis who were also going there for a civil marriage. The Israelis waited in line together, took photos of one-another, and sat together at a nearby Haagen-Dazs for celebratory ice cream afterwards.”

Now, sing it with me: “The Love Boaaaat…”

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5 Jewish Things About Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Wedding

By Maia Efrem

The crème de la crème of Hollywood, fashion and music worlds will descend on Paris this weekend for the royal Kimye nuptials.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s rumored Versailles (or Florence?) May 24th, wedding has the world watching and waiting with bated breath. What will the bride wear? Will North crawl down the aisle? Will Kanye finally smile? How soon will they divorce?

With only 100 on the guestlist, the intimate, and if we know anything about the Kardashians, extravagant affair will be an unforgettable and custom affair replete with the best money can buy. But did you know that some of Kardashian’s best accessories throughout the years have been her Jewish friends? We count the top five Jews in Kardashian’s life.

1. Lorraine Schwartz

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but a custom15-carat Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring is a girl’s soul mate. West proposed to Kardashian at San Francisco’s AT&T Park with the help of a Jumbotron displaying “PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!.” But more instrumental was the flawless ring Jewish jeweler to the stars, Schwartz, designed for the couple. Here she posts a photo of North West holding the ring.


2. Alber Elbaz

Kardashian’s new favorite designer Alber Elbaz, the creative director of Lanvin, one of the world’s most respected fashion houses. Elbaz, the Israeli Moroccan designer has made a name for himself in the high fashion world. He recently dressed Kardashian for her Vogue cover story and the 2014 Met Gala. (Elbaz is on the bottom left)

3. Scott Disick

Let’s just call him Jewish-boyfriend-in-law. Older sister, Kourtney Kardashian’s long-time boyfriend Scott Disick is a Long Island Jewish boy who has become part of the Kardashian klan and made a name for himself as Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ black sheep with a drinking problem.

4. Jonathan Cheban

The title of Kardashian’s BFF goes to none other than PR extraordinaire Jonathan Cheban. The Russian Jewish native of Fort Lee, NJ ascended up the celebrity ladder as a PR consultant to the stars to eventually become Kardashian’s best friend. Kardashian even executive produced his short-lived reality show The Spin Crowd. He will no doubt be front and center as Kimye take their vows.

5. Bar Refaeli

The second Israeli on the list is one of the world’s most popular supermodels, Bar Refaeli. Kardashian and Refaeli have become friends over the last few years and the Israeli beauty and Leonard DiCaprio’s ex is among the select few to be invited to the wedding.

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Bar Refaeli Gets Invite for Kim and Kanye's Wedding

By Anne Cohen

You are cordially invited to the biggest celebrity wedding of the year.

Well, Bar Refaeli is.

The Israeli supermodel is among the 100 guests who received an invitation to the Kim Kardashian-Kanye West wedding over the weekend. The ceremony is set to take place in Paris on May 24. The three apparently became friendly during Paris Fashion Week in July 2012. Tres chic!

According to Haaretz, the invitations were printed on simple paper in gold lettering, with little information (guests will reportedly receive further instructions upon arriving in Paris). However, the invite did come with a 15-page pamphlet of the dos and dont’s of Kimye wedding etiquette.

Needless to say, Instagram is a no-no. Bar Refaeli will have to leave her 1. 3 million followers at home.

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Are Liev Schreiber an Naomi Watts Ready to Tie the Knot?

By Anne Cohen

After nine years and two kids, Naomi Watts and Liev Schrieber may be getting ready to say “I do.”

“While Naomi and Liev have had their ups and downs, including a cancelled New Year’s Eve wedding right before 2008, they’ve finally worked out their differences and are rethinking marriage,” a friend of the couple reportedly told RadarOnline.

Watts, 45, and Schrieber, 46, have been together since 2005, when they met at the Met Costume Institute Gala. They have two sons, six-year-old Alexander and five-year-old Samuel, and seem to be raising their kids somewhat Jewishly: On a 2009 family trip to Israel Schreiber was seen wrapping tefillin with his older son at the kotel. The family also planted trees in Galilee with Jewish National Fund.

According to RadarOnline, the disaster that was Watts’ foray as Princess Diana for the aptly named biopic “Diana” ultimately brought the couple closer together.

“Naomi and Liev are more in love than they’ve ever been and are definitely serious about getting married,” the unnamed source said. “It’s a big step after all this time, but they’re ready to marry.”

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Andy Samberg Ties the Knot

By Anne Cohen

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Joanna Newsom and Andy Samberg

Andy Samberg married Joanna Newsom this weekend, dashing the hopes of Jewish singles ladies everywhere in one fell swoop.

The couple, who have been together for five years, tied the knot at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur California, USA Today reported.

Samberg, 35, and Newsom, 31 announced that he would be putting a ring on it in February: “He liked her music and would go to her shows,” an acquaintance told Us Weekly. “He had the biggest crush on her.”

Will the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star and the singer-songwriter harpist ever collaborate? Probably not, Samberg told Glamour magazine in their September issue. “We’ve talked about [collaborating.] But we’ve decided ultimately that her fans would probably kill me in my sleep,” he said. “What she does is so, like, actually beautiful and important.”

Aww.

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Adam Levine Engaged To Victoria's Secret Model

By Anne Cohen

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Adam Levine

Well ladies, if you had any dreams of bringing Adam Levine home for Shabbat dinner, you can cast them aside.

The Maroon 5 singer and “Voice” judge announced last night that he was engaged to Behati Prinsloo, his third Victoria’s Secret model girlfriend. The couple, who have been dating for a little over a year, broke up briefly this spring, but are now back together and more serious than ever — clearly a very well thought out proposal.

Levine’s publicist issued the following statement:

“Adam Levine and his girlfriend Behati Prinsloo are excited to announce they are engaged to be married … The couple recently reunited and Adam proposed this weekend in Los Angeles.”

Mazel Tov!

[via The Cut]

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Elizabeth Taylor's Wedding Dress Is Up for Auction

By Reuters

The wedding dress worn by film star Elizabeth Taylor for her first marriage to hotel heir Conrad Hilton in 1950 will go up for sale next month, auction house Christie’s said on Friday.

The simple, but elegant garment created by Hollywood costume designer Helen Rose for the then 18-year-old Taylor is an oyster shell-coloured, floor-length satin gown with a fine silk gauze off-the-shoulder illusion neckline.

The dress, which was a gift from MGM film studios, has a top estimate of 50,000 pounds ($75,300). Rose also designed Grace Kelly’s wedding dress for her marriage to the Prince of Monaco.

By the time Taylor married Hilton she was already a veteran actress and was just a year away from her Oscar-nominated performance in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s “A Place in the Sun”.

The A-list of old Hollywood - Greer Garson, Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Esther Williams, and Van Johnson - were among the many stars who came to congratulate the bride.

The star of “Cleopatra” surpassed Michael Jackson as the highest-earning deceased celebrity in a survey released by Forbes in October 2012, with her estate pulling in $210 million, much of it from a 2011 auction of jewels, costumes and art work.

The auction of Taylor’s jewels took in $116 million, more than double the record for a single collection, and set new marks for pearls, colourless diamonds and Indian jewels.

Taylor, who died in 2011 at the age of 79, was married eight times, twice to actor Richard Burton, and had a career spanning seven decades.

She first gained fame in 1944’s “National Velvet” at age 12, and was nominated for five Oscars, winnning best actress for “BUtterfield 8” (1960) and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966), which also starred Burton.

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Jodie Sweetin Secretly Married...Last Year

By Anne Cohen

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Jodie Sweetin

Talk about keeping a wedding on the down low.

People Magazine reported that Jodie Sweetin, a.k.a. Stephanie Tanner on “Full House,” secretly married fiancee Morty Coyle in an intimate ceremony in Beverly Hills on March 15, 2012 — last year.

The couple’s one year anniversary present to themselves was to share their union with the wider world. “We wanted to keep it quiet and intimate for a while, but felt that on our first wedding anniversary, it was time to share,” Sweetin told People.

Musician Coyle apparently proposed to Sweetin on her birthday, in January 2011. The couple originally said they wanted to put off getting hitched until anti-same sex marriage laws were struck down, but subsequently reconsidered.

The wedding was officiated by Coyle’s All Day Sucker fellow band member and songwriting partner Jordan Summers, at whose home the ceremony was held.

According to People, Sweetin, 31, wore a mid-length Oleg Cassini dress. Her daughter Zoie (with ex-husband Cody Herpin), 5, and the newlyweds’ daughter Beatrix, 2, were in attendance.

Fans of intimate ceremonies, take note.

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Should Kate Moss Get a New Wedding Dress?

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

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Despite her Jewish last name, Kate Moss is not a Member of the Tribe.

Proof positive? At her faux-secret wedding, she will reportedly be wearing a wedding dress designed by John Galliano, who, as you’ll recall, was caught on tape during a drunken, anti-Semitic rant.

She may be a supermodel, but that’s no guarantee of good taste.

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A Brush With Aristocracy: The Day I Covered a Royal Wedding

By Jane Eisner

Alas, intrepid journalist though I am, I cannot finagle a way to cover this royal wedding, the Friday nuptials of William and Kate. But I sure remember being there the last time an heir to the British throne ceremoniously tied the knot, and that day — July 23, 1986 — was both my most aristocratic moment, and my most humbling.

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A handful of American correspondents based in London were offered seats in Westminster Abbey, for the wedding of Prince Andrew to Sarah Ferguson, and I was one of the lucky ones. I had to buy a hat (one must always wear a hat in the presence of the Queen), the only time I was ever able to put such an item on my expense account. And I had to wear a long, fancy dress. Fortunately, the dress I had purchased for my sister’s wedding that following September — a gorgeous, hot-pink number, with a cut-out drape in the back — was already in my closet, and available.

So off I went that cool, drizzly morning, in my dress and hat, interviewing the famous and very famous guests as they arrived at the Abbey, in shiny black boat-like cars, dressed in gowns and morning suits and every kind of finery I’d ever imagined. Once the reporters were ushered inside the magnificent building, we were treated to the splendor of royal theatrics as only the British can do, elegant, sweeping and historic.

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Going for Guinness: Israeli Claims ‘Smallest Wedding Proposal’ Ever

By Nathan Burstein

It was a marriage proposal for the record books — or at least that’s what the engaged couple is hoping.

An Israeli physics student is seeking a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records after popping the question to his girlfriend, in what the pair claim is the “smallest wedding proposal” in history.

Rather than a champagne dinner or a diamond ring, 25-year-old Elad Dekel asked for his girlfriend’s hand in marriage with a tiny silicone chip, on which he’d inscribed the fateful question alongside an image of the couple. Plated in silicon and gold, the chip measures 1 square centimeter and had to be viewed under a microscope before Dekel’s girlfriend, Chen Mendelowitz, realized what she was seeing.

Dekel, a physics student at the Israel Institute of Technology, created the chip while working at a nanotechnology research center during an exchange program in Dresden, Germany. He presented the chip to Mendelowitz while leading her on a tour of the facility.

Mendelowitz told Israel’s Ynetnews Web site that she felt a “hot flash” of excitement after reading the marriage proposal — but said it was so tiny she didn’t immediately realize what it was. “I looked for quite a while,” she said, “zooming in and out, magnifying the image, and finally detected a weird shape. I magnified it and slowly began to realize it was a photo of the both of us. I magnified it more and saw there was something written, and then I realized it said, ‘Chen, will you marry me? Elad.’ “

The couple is now preparing for the wedding back in Israel.

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'L'Chaim': Broadway Composer Lin-Manuel Miranda's Wedding Surprise

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

At the September 5th wedding of Tony Award-winning Broadway composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda and attorney Vanessa Nadal, the groom organized a surprise for his love.

It was a wonderful take on the classic song “L’Chaim” from the fantastic 1971 movie “Fiddler on the Roof.”

You can see the recent wedding’s version here.

It wins my vote for the best-ever rendition of a classic Jewish song at a non-Jewish wedding.

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Clinton Wedding: So, Who's the Guy?

By Lauren F. Friedman

If you’ve been reading all of the Chelsea Clinton-Marc Mezvinsky wedding news and wondering, “Chelsea who?”, then happy fifth birthday. But for everyone else, the big question is: Who is this Marc fellow, and how did he win the heart of America’s least drunk first daughter?

1) Marc is the Jewish half of this interfaith union. He was raised Conservative — along with his 10 siblings — on Philadelphia’s tony Main Line. His Bar Mitzvah video has not been found on YouTube. Yet.

2) While no Mezvinsky has ever been leader of the free world or uttered the phrase “sexual relations” on national TV, Marc has grown up around politics and scandal, just like his bride. His parents (now divorced), Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky and Edward Mezvinsky, both served in Congress and have been longtime allies of the Clintons. (You could say Marc’s mom is an excellent wingman: She cast the deciding vote in favor of Bill’s 1993 tax bill.) Edward Mezvinsky, meanwhile, was convicted of fraud in connection with various Nigerian email scams; he served a seven year prison term and was released in 2008.

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Clinton Wedding: No Comment, Shut Up, Go Away

By Lauren F. Friedman

With the (reportedly) $2 million wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky just days away, the press is all over this historic affair, spending many hours getting all the deets — or at least trying to.

Every day this week, as the country’s best investigative reporters blanket the Hudson Valley, Shmooze will update its readers on the latest developments emerging around what New York Magazine has dubbed The Most Important Wedding in the World. If there are no notable developments on any given day, don’t worry: We’ll update you anyway. Why? Because we are The Press, and this is The Story.

To start, let’s review what we know so far:

1) The wedding will probably be this Saturday in Rhinebeck, a picturesque Hudson Valley town, although the Clintons have not officially confirmed this. The Wall Street Journal, for one, has an article called “Rhinebeck Conspiracy Theory” that quotes the town’s mayor saying it might be a “decoy location.” Truth-telling or smoke and mirrors? Nobody knows. Fear not: After a careful investigative analysis — The New York Times’ two reporters embedded in Rhinebeck wrote that “you can practically feel the shopkeepers biting their tongues” and described another local who was forbidden from disclosing details as “stricken-sounding.” If that’s not evidence, nothing is.

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Clintons: Surviving as MOTB, FOTB and Converting

By Ilana Arazie

“If you can survive being an MOTB, being the special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism seems like a relief,” Hillary Clinton quipped recently to fellow MOTB – Mother of the Bride – U.S. Special Envoy To Combat Antisemitism Hannah Rosenthal at an event honoring Rosenthal in Washington.

Clinton has been taking time from Middle East policy to help her daughter Chelsea with tastings and dress fittings for her upcoming wedding to Marc Mezvinsky on July 31. Specifics of the wedding have been kept so quiet that “details are harder to ferret out than the president’s Afghanistan strategy,” the New York Times Style Section declared this Sunday.

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