The handout from this evening's class can be found here.
We will discuss the extent to which the Song of Songs material establishes several important Jewish wedding themes (romantic love, the seasons, etc.) Some of its famous words also provide the lyrics to several popular Jewish wedding songs.
We'll also touch on JDate (http://www.jdate.com/) - suffice it to say, it is the place to go for Jews intent on meeting other Jews online. Do you know someone who has met their significant other there?
I hope we'll also have time to talk about the actual content of a ketubah. Check out sample ketubah texts here. Let me know if you have any questions or comments about them.
In terms of the issue of intermarriage, everyone should take the time to look at the results of the 2000-2001 National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) - the unofficial American Jewish census (done every 10 years). Its section on intermarriage begins here. In terms of resources for interfaith families, I would reiterate my suggestion of http://www.interfaithfamily.com/. A more academic look at the question of Jewish identiy and intermarriage can be found here.
As far as wedding receptions go, check out the video clip below. It's a montage of wedding reception scenes from the 1926 black and white film "Benya Krik" about Jewish life in Odessa, and the 1969 film "Goodbye Columbus" (based on the famous Roth novel of the same name).
A question for us to consider: If a couple is actively seeking to have a Jewish wedding ceremony, to what extent should that particular wedding reception also reflect Jewish values and norms? How might this impact scheduling of the wedding? Menu of the wedding? Lavishness of the wedding? Etc etc etc.