Olive Stohlman, Christopher Bettis

Olive Remington Stohlman and Christopher Michael Bettis were married Nov. 17 at the Mambo Room Cultural Event Center in Norfolk, Va. Melissa Charnes Gibson, a friend of the couple, was granted a one-time civil celebrant authorization from the Henrico County Circuit Court to officiate. Ms. Stohlman, 34, is a research aerospace engineer at the NASA…

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Laura Berke, Jonathan Mottel

Laura Nicole Berke and Jonathan Brett Mottel were married Nov. 17 at Oheka Castle in Huntington, N.Y. Rabbi Dr. Janet B. Liss officiated. The bride, 28, is a consumer marketing manager in New York at Oxygen Media, NBCUniversal. She graduated from N.Y.U. She is a daughter of Linda G. Berke and Dr. Andrew D. Berke…

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Are Jared and Ivanka Good for the Jews?

Image Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem in 2017.CreditStephen Crowley/The New York Times On election night in Beverly Hills, Jason Blum, the hot shot horror-movie producer, was accepting an award at the Israel Film Festival. The polls in a string of midterm contests were closing, and…

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A Picnic, a Proposal and a Delicious-Looking Sandwich

Alison Emma Schumer and Elizabeth Anne Weiland are to be married Nov. 18 at 501 Union, an events space in Brooklyn. Rabbi Rachel Timoner is to officiate. Ms. Schumer (left), 29, works in Manhattan as a product marketing manager at Facebook. She graduated from Harvard. She is a daughter of Iris Weinshall and Senator Chuck…

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Mini-Vows: A Soul Mate to Help Heal Wounds From the War

Carsen Alexa Zarin and Florent Ahmed Groberg were married Nov. 17 at the Willard InterContinental in Washington. Julian Zarin, the brother of the bride who became a Universal Life minister for the occasion, officiated. The bride, who is 28 and will be taking her husband’s name, is the director of marketing for Capture2, a government…

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How to Talk to People, According to Terry Gross

It’s fair to say Terry Gross knows some things about talking to people. The host and co-executive producer of NPR’s “Fresh Air” has interviewed thousands of personalities over the course of her four-decade career. It all started in the early 1970s, when, floundering a bit in her post-college life, she landed a gig at WBFO,…

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Encounters: Brian Tyree Henry Finds Wisdom at an Arcade

Brian Tyree Henry looked to the heavens and let out a primal roar. He was playing the arcade game X-Men: Children of the Atom and his avatar, Storm, the silver-haired weather-controlling mutant, had just been laser blasted by Cyclops. “Aw, man! Come on,” he said, along with some unprintable phrases. Mr. Henry was spending a…

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SURFACING: For Jewish Israelis of Yemenite Heritage, Reviving a Past

Bride Meyrav Yehud, 24, has the final accessories of her henna outfit adjusted. Groom Or Dochan, 25, wears a triangular necklace, symbolizing the three life principles: the Torah, work, and doing good deeds. At a recent henna celebration at the Yemeni Heritage Center in Rosh Ha’Ayin, Israel, the bride had three ensemble changes, each representing…

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