The Next Day

Lauren & Steve Rutkovitz First Date:  March 1985, the Rusty Scupper Wedding Date: Sept. 20, 1986 Ceremony: Beth Israel Congregation Reception: The Forum Residence: Owings Mills Favorite Activity: Going to the beach Lauren Pollack and Steve Rutkovitz became friends while attending Randallstown High school in the late 1970s. Steve graduated and studied business at Frostburg… Read More

Simply Compatible

Linda & David Koren First Date: Jan. 10, 1986, Westview Cinema and Pargo’s Restaurant Wedding Date: Sept. 20, 1986 Venue: Chizuk Amuno Congregation Residence: Venice, Fla. Favorite Activity: Walking together   For a few years, David Koren, with friends Carl and Robin Goodman, rented a townhouse in Randallstown. The Goodmans set him up with Linda… Read More

Miles for Love

Rebecca and Max  Brondfield First Date: John Harvard Bar Mitzvah Event at Harvard Hillel, Nov. 7, 2009 Wedding Date: May 29, 2016 Venue: Vintners Inn, Santa Rosa, Calif. Residence: San Francisco, Calif. Favorite Activity: Wine tasting and cooking   As Harvard University Hillel’s president, Rebecca Gillette always was busy. So when a friend introduced Max… Read More

Love Deepens

Marilyn & Alan  Riffkin First Date: December 1962  for ice skating Wedding Date: July 3, 1966 Venue: Richfield Caterers,  Verona, N.J. Residence: Silver Spring, Md. Favorite Activity: Dining out A glance at a JCC dance in  December 1962 was all it took. Marilyn Friedman, a high school senior, spied Alan Riffkin, a student at Rutgers… Read More

Walk the Talk

Amanda & Noah  Isserman First Date: June 16, 2012, Golden West Café  in Hampden Wedding Date: Sept. 5, 2015 Venue: Westin Annapolis Residence: Arlington, Va. Favorite Activity: Running; dining out and  the movies In May 2012, Amanda Schnitzer traveled to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Bethesda, Md., office for a meeting. She spotted… Read More


Ellen & Chuck Donen First Date: January 1955 Wedding Date: June 24, 1956 Venue: Union Temple, Brooklyn, New York Residence: North Oaks in Pikesville Favorite Activity: Being together   Ellen Krakower and Charles Donen first met on a blind date in Brooklyn, N.Y. A friend arranged a blind date for Ellen and asked her to… Read More

Play Ball

Sandy & Brett Sanders First Date: July 4, 2005 at Panera Bread in Pikesville Wedding Date: Aug. 1, 2015 Venue: Celebrations at the Bay,  Pasadena, Md. Residence: Brewers Hill/Canton Favorite Activity: Dining Out Sandy Stutman met Brett Sanders on the Franklin High School varsity baseball team bus. Sandy was the team’s manager. Brett, the catcher,… Read More

Run to You

Jen & Eric Schulman First Official Date: July 13, 2013; bowling, dinner and drinks Wedding Date: Sept. 19, 2015 Venue: The Barn at Grimmel Farms, Jarrettsville, Md. Residence: Baltimore Favorite Activity: Running   On a warm Saturday in August 2014, Eric Schulman and Jen Winters set out on a seven-mile training run in advance of… Read More

In Sync

On New Year’s Day 2015, Alexander Schostak took Abigail Malis to the American Visionary Arts Museum, but this was no typical visit. Alex knew it was Abby’s favorite place in her native Baltimore, and he was going to have her mom, Shelly Malis, suggest they go there during a family brunch with her aunt, uncle… Read More

Having a Ball

Joanna “Joey” Morris remembers the day clearly. It was three weeks after her move to Richmond, Va., for a dietician internship. She had joined a softball team with a friend through the River City Sports & Social Club in an effort to meet people. For the first inning of the first game, Joey found herself… Read More