Be'chol LashonChinese and Chosen is an interactive report by student journalists Candy Cheng and Brad Stell for Columbia University’s Garduate School of Journalism. It explores how Chinese and Jewish cultures intersect in New York City through interfaith couples, adoptive families and those born with duo identitiies.

Yehudit Steinberg of Sacred Events’ Jewish Interfaith Wedding Network, was the wedding ceremony consultant for the Marriage section of this site.

Brad and Candy announced today that their project, “Chinese and Chosen” was selected by the Be’chol Lashon Media Awards judges as the most outstanding entry in the New Media category. The awards ceremony is on Saturday, May 22  in San Francisco, CA. ” We could not have done this without you, so thank you for your participation and willingness to share your stories with us. We hope to continue this discussion, so please let us know if you would like to add photos, updates or thoughts to our blog.” Candy & Brad

With the help of  Yehudit Steinberg and David L. Senk of  Sacred Events and Jewish Interfaith Wedding Network, Aaron and Becky’s interfaith wedding was full of tradition and respect, honoring their religions while gave me plenty of eye candy. From the games played at the door of double happiness, where Becky’s friends made him dance before he could “steal her away” to the tea ceremony, to the classic Jewish Hora Dance, which is fun for everyone except those precariously perched in the hoisted chairs (see below). Large demonstrations are great for the camera, like smashing a wine glass or cake on one’s nose. I wish I could show them all, as this wedding pulled out all the stops.

via Timber Cove Inn, Sonoma County Wedding – Becky and Aaron » Luke Snyder Studio – The Blog.

Happy Passover and Easter

by yehuditsc on March 29, 2010

Tonight is the first seder night for the eight day Jewish Holiday. This is an ancient practice that brings family and friends together for both religious and cultural Jews around the world. This coming Sunday is the major Christian Holiday of Easter. May you all enjoy your holidays together in peace and love.

Jewish Interfaith Wedding Network wishes you a beautiful time together with your families and friends.

According to news source USA Today and ECanada, Chelsea Clinton, daughter of President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton will not be having a traditional Christian wedding but are planning a Jewish wedding since her future husband, Marc Mexvinsky is Jewish. However, the Clinton’s are not revealing their plans, as of yet?

The Name Equality Act of 2007 (Effective January 1, 2009)

The Name Equality Act of 2007 (PDF) gives specific rights to parties at the time they are applying for a California marriage license to choose and list on the marriage license the new name that each party will go by after marriage.

The new law pertains to marriage licenses issued on or after January 1, 2009. It does not apply to marriage licenses issued prior to January 1, 2009.

Parties are not required to have the same name, nor are they required to change their name.

If one or both of the parties want to have their new name(s) shown on the marriage license, the new name must be entered on the marriage license application at the time they are applying for the marriage license. The parties may choose any of the following middle or last names as the name they wish to be known as after marriage
[FC § 306.5(b)(2)]:

  • Current last name of the other spouse
  • Last name of either spouse given at birth
  • A name combining into a single last name all or a segment of the current last name or last name of either spouse given at birth
  • A hyphenated combination of last names

NOTE: You may not change your first name using this process.

IMPORTANT: You may not amend the marriage license after it has been issued to add or change the name you wish to be known as after you are married. The name you indicate on the marriage license application will be your name on the marriage license/certificate and cannot be changed by the County Clerk.

A certified copy of the marriage certificate containing the new name, or retaining the former name, shall constitute proof that the use of the new name or retention of the former name is lawful [FC § 306.5(b)(3)(a)].

It is unlawful for our employees to answer questions of a legal nature. County Clerk staff cannot advise you how to complete the marriage license application as it relates to your entry of a new name or retention of your former name on the marriage license application. For your protection, if you have any questions regarding whether you should or should not list your new name on the marriage license application, and/or how the Name Equality Act of 2007 may affect you, please contact local, state, federal and private agencies to verify their requirements or consult an attorney prior to applying for your marriage license.

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