Perfect day for couple hitched at hospice

By Rosa Doherty, June 30, 2016

When Simon Cooper saw the doctor in January he thought he had pulled a muscle in his chest.

He was shocked to discover he had lung cancer, having struggled for his whole life with cystic fibrosis. Mr Cooper started chemotherapy straight away, but after three weeks tests showed the cancer had spread.


The (Jewish) wedding season survival guide

By Louise Scodie, July 5, 2015

Get your hora dancing shoes on - it's the wedding season! Come rain shine or heat-wave, the summer months see more Jewish weddings than usual. It must be because we're such outdoorsy people. Jewish weddings place a special set of demands on guests. Below, some of the community's experts share their nous in our special Jewish wedding survival guide.


Labour's Luciana Berger weds music manager at historic Liverpool synagogue

By Marcus Dysch, June 22, 2015

Britain’s youngest Jewish MP has married at a ceremony in a historic Liverpool synagogue.

Luciana Berger married Alistair Goldsmith at the Grade I-listed Princes Road Synagogue, in the constituency neighbouring the Liverpool Wavertree seat which she represents for Labour.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis officiated at the wedding on Sunday.


Guests accidently shot at Waldorf Astoria wedding reception

By Naomi Firsht, June 16, 2015

A million-dollar Jewish wedding reception last Saturday was over before it began when the groom’s cousin accidentally shot four people.

Anna Goldschmidt had married Elan Stratiyevsky in a traditional Jewish ceremony earlier in the day.


The obscenity of extravagance

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 23, 2015

First, the bad news. I have to tell you that the quote of £55,000 obtained by the JC for a slap-up kosher wedding amounts to a considerable underestimate of the probable true cost.


Synagogues help to plan cut-price celebrations

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

Rabbis from across the communal spectrum have criticised the "shameful" amount spent on kosher wedding celebrations following our special report last week, which calculated that an average kosher wedding costs £130 a minute.


US rabbi: 'Do you really need a £100k wedding?'

By Simon Rocker, April 23, 2015

Ministers might be so relieved that their congregants are planning to marry within the faith that they might be reluctant to criticise the wedding arrangements.

But extravagant celebrations fly in the face of traditional modesty, according to the head of a major north London United synagogue, speaking on condition of anonymity.


The £130-a-minute simchah: Are we wedded to excess?

By Sandy Rashty and Josh Jackman, April 16, 2015

It should be the happiest day of your life - and will likely be the most expensive. Wedding planners say that the cost of a kosher celebration can comfortably exceed £50,000. Our £55,000 wedding quote works out at an eye-popping £130-a-minute for a seven hour event.


Popular London simchah venue to close

By Rosa Doherty, December 2, 2014

A popular London venue which has hosted simchahs for more than 40 years is to close next year.

The Royal Majestic Banqueting Suite in Willesden will shut in April when owner Helen Goide retires.

Mrs Goide said: “I have so much enjoyed serving the community all these years and it has been a privilege and a great pleasure.”


Bride faces life apart from her husband

By Rosa Doherty, October 2, 2014

A couple have been forced to start married life apart because the bride has been refused entry into the UK.

Israeli Sivan Ben Abu wed Londoner Oliver Stopnitzky in Tel Aviv last week, but Mr Stopnitzky returned home alone after the ceremony.

Mrs Stopnitzky said: "I'm devastated and he is inconsolable.