Once in a while dreams do come true!

Match #: 189&190

So, do you think that you cannot turn back the hands of time?
Do you think that you can’t go home again?
Usually not. But every once in a while dreams do come true. Not only ordinary dreams but the type one dares not envision because they are beyond the pale of personal believability.
This is the story of one such dream….
This is the story of Yehudis and Yisroel. It begins with Judy from Long Beach, Ca. and Ivan from Newark, N.J, two children of the sixties. They had both been searching for G-d as teenagers and their quest brought them independently to Shlomo Carlebach’s House of Love and Prayer in San Francisco. The Haight Ashbury was in full swing. Young people looking to be free. Flower children challenging convention. Spiritual seekers searching for a deeper meaning to life. At The House of Love and Prayer we experienced all this beauty.
Judy and Ivan arrived independently at The House in 1970. Both became commune leaders and fast friends. At the end of the year they went their separate ways, Judy to Chabad, with a journey that took her to Crown Heights, eighteen years in Tzefat, Boro Park and Los Angeles. Ivan went to Denver, then Back to San Francisco, Lancaster, Pa, Syracuse and two decades in New York followed by a recent relocation to Key West where he is the community rabbi. Both adapted their Hebrew names, married, raised families, divorced and began their searches once again for meaning in their lives. Both understood that their failed marriages produced wonderful children (a total of fifteen). Both understood that their experience within the frum world left them scarred and unfulfilled. Both clearly comprehended the need for a devout adherence to the romanticized and pure Chassidus of the Ba’al Shem Tov, a strong commitment to

halacha

, a profound non judgmental acceptance of all people coupled with a personal need to live within the American secular culture of their upbringings.
But where and how does one find a mate with whom to share such an iconoclastic view of life? Enter JWed, the website that dares classify Carlebachian as a form of Jewish (although they did deem Yisroel’s picture of him ministering to a bear cub in the woods as inappropriate). We simultaneously viewed each others’ profiles in November, began communicating, soon realized our past connection and fast forwarded to our thirty years apart. We discovered our parallel lives and common philosophies. We met in March with Yehudis coming to Key West, followed two weeks later by Yisroel’s visit to Los Angeles. On Motzi Shabbos while walking on the Venice Pier, the words, “Will you please marry me?” seemed to eminante almost by themselves from Yisroel. Yehudis was speechless except for a spontaneous, “Absolutely.” Thank You JWed for bringing us together! - we could not have done this without you!
Proof positive that tradition (a shadchun) coupled with contemporary culture (online technology) is also a match made in heaven!


Yehudis and Yisroel, JWed Match #95, were married on 21st of Sivan, 10th of June, 2004.



Once in a while dreams do come true!

So, do you think that you cannot turn back the hands of time?
Do you think that you can’t go home again?
Usually not. But every once in a while dreams do come true. Not only ordinary dreams but the type one dares not envision because they are beyond the pale of personal believability.
This is the story of one such dream….
This is the story of Yehudis and Yisroel. It begins with Judy from Long Beach, Ca. and Ivan from Newark, N.J, two children of the sixties. They had both been searching for G-d as teenagers and their quest brought them independently to Shlomo Carlebach’s House of Love and Prayer in San Francisco. The Haight Ashbury was in full swing. Young people looking to be free. Flower children challenging convention. Spiritual seekers searching for a deeper meaning to life. At The House of Love and Prayer we experienced all this beauty.
Judy and Ivan arrived independently at The House in 1970. Both became commune leaders and fast friends. At the end of the year they went their separate ways, Judy to Chabad, with a journey that took her to Crown Heights, eighteen years in Tzefat, Boro Park and Los Angeles. Ivan went to Denver, then Back to San Francisco, Lancaster, Pa, Syracuse and two decades in New York followed by a recent relocation to Key West where he is the community rabbi. Both adapted their Hebrew names, married, raised families, divorced and began their searches once again for meaning in their lives. Both understood that their failed marriages produced wonderful children (a total of fifteen). Both understood that their experience within the frum world left them scarred and unfulfilled. Both clearly comprehended the need for a devout adherence to the romanticized and pure Chassidus of the Ba’al Shem Tov, a strong commitment to

halacha

, a profound non judgmental acceptance of all people coupled with a personal need to live within the American secular culture of their upbringings.
But where and how does one find a mate with whom to share such an iconoclastic view of life? Enter JWed, the website that dares classify Carlebachian as a form of Jewish (although they did deem Yisroel’s picture of him ministering to a bear cub in the woods as inappropriate). We simultaneously viewed each others’ profiles in November, began communicating, soon realized our past connection and fast forwarded to our thirty years apart. We discovered our parallel lives and common philosophies. We met in March with Yehudis coming to Key West, followed two weeks later by Yisroel’s visit to Los Angeles. On Motzi Shabbos while walking on the Venice Pier, the words, “Will you please marry me?” seemed to eminante almost by themselves from Yisroel. Yehudis was speechless except for a spontaneous, “Absolutely.” Thank You JWed for bringing us together! - we could not have done this without you!
Proof positive that tradition (a shadchun) coupled with contemporary culture (online technology) is also a match made in heaven!


Yehudis and Yisroel, JWed Match #95, were married on 21st of Sivan, 10th of June, 2004.



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