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The Monday Mazel: Jewish (And Gentile) Geography

Always nice to see those who you know you’re distantly related to, or that girl who lived in your freshman dorm at NYU, or that TV writer you wish you knew in The New York Times wedding announcements. Let’s go through them, shall we….

We’ll start with the non-Jews. I was pleasantly surprised to come across the nuptials of Jessica Lubin (sounds Jewish…) to James Hall (sounds not-so Jewish…) in this week’s announcements. Jessica may not remember this, but I believe we share some mutual (Facebook) friends after living in the same freshman dorm at New York University. She also may be the only person I know not related to me that follows my blog, so I’m a fan of hers already. Considering her past interest in my ramblings, I figured I’d throw her and her groom a shout out and wish them a hearty Mazel Tov.

On to the Jewy McJews and those I may or may not find on a distant branch of my family tree. I noticed he who may be the brother-in-law of my second cousin (yes, that counts), Michael Caras and his Jewish media Exec. callah in this week’s simchas as well. Leah Larson, said callah, age 20 (translation: bride) and the Chief Executive of Yaldah Media. Yaldah, meaning girl b’Ivrit, is “a magazine and book publishing business in Sharon. The bride started the magazine, which is for Jewish girls, when she was 13.” The groom, “21, is a rabbi who was ordained at Yeshiva Ohr Tmimim in Kfar Chabad, Israel. In August he will continue his rabbinical studies at Kollel Menachem in Brooklyn.” Likely story. I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome Leah onto the distant, by-marriage branch of my mishpacha while I wonder if our mutual involvement in the Jewish media circuit is genetic…

The final challah nugget worth discussing in this week’s Weddings came in the form of “Jews-You-Wish-You-Knew”… but cannot seem to find a familial or social connection to via the iota of information you were given about them via The New York Times. Caren Mintz and Joseph Grossman made it official this past weekend and seem pretty cool based on said iota. “The bride, 32, is keeping her name. She works in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, for Ralph Lauren as a manager overseeing environmental efforts that involve waste reduction, energy use, transportation and packaging.  The bridegroom, 35, is a writer for the “Late Show with David Letterman.”  Dear Caren and Joseph, you two sound cool – be our friends?

Thanks and Mazel, Jewcy Staff.

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