Erin Leib, Daniel Smokler

From the New York Times:

Erin Dana Leib, the daughter of Naomi R. Leib and Dr. Martin L. Leib of Riverdale, the Bronx, is to be married Sunday to Rabbi Daniel Jonathan Smokler, a son of Carol S. Smokler and Irving A. Smokler of Boca Raton, Fla. Rabbi Irving Greenberg will officiate at the Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan.

The bride, 30, is a candidate for a Ph.D. in social thought at the University of Chicago. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. She teaches Jewish philosophy and studies the Talmud at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education in Manhattan.

…Both the bride’s and the bridegroom’s previous marriages ended in divorce.

The couple’s paths first crossed in 1995 when they took part in Nesiya, a summer program in Israel, during high school.

“Dan was a rather charismatic hippie in his youth, meaning a cool, long-haired, spiritual guy,” Ms. Leib said.

Mr. Smokler, in turn, said he was “definitely intrigued by her, but our paths never crossed long enough.” After that summer Ms. Leib went back to New York and Mr. Smokler to Ann Arbor, yet they remained in contact and would often see one another a few times each year at Jewish events.

About Luke Ford

Raised a Seventh-Day Adventist at Avondale College in Australia, Luke Ford moved to California in 1977. He graduated from Placer High School in 1984, reported the news at KAHI/KHYL radio for three years, attended Sierra College and UCLA, was largely bedridden by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for six years, and converted to Judaism in 1993. From 1997-2007, Luke made his living from blogging. Living by Beverly Hills (, he now teaches the Alexander Technique (moving the way the body likes to move). Lessons cost $100 each and last about 45 minutes. In 2011, Luke completed a three-year teaching course at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. His personal Alexander Technique website is Luke is the author of five books, including: » The Producers: Profiles in Frustration » Yesterday’s News Tomorrow: Inside American Jewish Journalism
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