Category — Wedding Ceremony

DJ and Yoni: The Ceremony (Part 1)

Posted by DJ

Sorry for the delay! I’m back with some ceremony pictures and I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking here.  But imagine us walking down the aisle to Erev Shel Shoshanim and Dodi Li, as performed by our seven piece jazz band.

First down the aisle were Yoni and his parents.  Our Rabbi was already at the chuppah.


Followed by our bridesmaids and groomsmen
(Yoni’s brother and best friend, and my two best friends.)



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September 8, 2009   2 Comments

To Circle or Not to Circle? That is the Question

Posted by Polina F.

We met with our Rabbi yesterday, who just happens to be my Uncle Mark who also officiated my Bat Mitzvah. Jake and I  had a lovely time in his office talking about how we met. Mark collected funny anecdotes to recount under the chuppah and then we started talking about the ceremony. There are so many options of rituals and traditions in the Conservative Jewish wedding ceremony that Jake and I walked away with more questions than answers. For example do I circle Jake? Do we circle each other? There is a tradition of circling beneath the chuppah seven times.  Circling symbolizes many things, among them the seven days of creation. So my question is: If I don’t circle Jake will I feel like I am missing out on something? I have seen it done many times at other weddings and it’s a beautiful tradition, but I’m just not sure I identify with it personally.  Jake comes from a Secular Israeli family and I’m a Conservative Jew, and I view it more as an Orthodox tradition. Anyone out there have stories about circling?

Another tradition that we are debating is the Sephardic tallit wrap. We are not Sephardic, but there is a wonderful tradition that comes from the Sephardic Jewish community that takes place during the 2nd part of the ceremony, where the couple is en-wrapped in a tallit. The tallit symbolizes the mitzvot and brings the couple together in their first symbolic home -  the chuppah. I really like this ritual in that the bride and groom are often standing apart under the chuppah and the tallit brings them close together.


Me (center) and my cousins

One component of our ceremony that we are sure about including is the Sheva Brachot. Sheva Brachot (Hebrew: שבע ברכות‎) literally “the seven blessings” are blessings that are recited for the bride and the groom under the chuppah over a second cup of wine.  Instead of having our Rabbi recite the blessings, we are asking family members to recite the blessings in both Hebrew and English. I have 5 first cousins and we are all really close. In addition, we have family flying in from Israel, Germany, St. Petersburg and Canada. We thought this would be a special way to recognize, honor, and include those who have traveled from near and far to make it to our wedding.

May 15, 2009   8 Comments