The origins of Valentine’s Day are linked to a saint, though, the connections are dubious and even the Catholic Church has removed Valentine's Day from the church calendar.
Ketubah means “written” and has come to refer to the Jewish marriage contract. An ancient document, the ketubah represented an advancement in women’s status by protecting the rights of the bride.
Writing "G-d" instead of God is a fairly recent custom in America. Here are its origins.
Though Purim is a minor holiday on the Jewish calendar, it is widely observed and a favorite of children.
What is the Reform position on clergy officiating at the wedding of a Jew to a person brought up in a different faith? My fiancée is not Jewish, and doesn't want to convert at this time. We want a Jewish wedding, and plan to raise our children as Jews.
Historically, since the Rabbinic period (post 70 CE), Jewish status was passed down by the mother.
Your first step should be to approach the organization Nefesh B'Nefesh, which works with the Israeli government and The Jewish Agency for Israel to “remove or minimize the financial, professional, logistical and social obstacles of aliyah and the move to Israel.” They will walk you through the process.
On the Jewish calendar, holidays begin in the evening, at sundown, and they continue through the next day.