Immediately following sundown Amelia and Zachary will sign a marriage contract called the Ketubah. This agreement represents Amelia and Zachary’s love and commitment to one another and discusses the expectations of the couple once they are married as well as the principles upon which their lives, family, and home will be built.CIRCLING
Before entering the chuppah, Amelia and Zachary walk in seven circles around each other representing the seven days of creation,
the seven marriage blessings, and that they now stand at the center of each other’s world.
Amelia and Zachary will be married under the chuppah, the bridal canopy that represents G-d’s presence and the home that the couple will build together. It is customary for the chuppah to be open on all four sides to remind us that family and friends are always welcome in their home.
THE SEVEN BLESSINGS: (SHEVAH BRACHOT)
These ancient blessings proclaim the wonder of G-d’s creation. The miracle of life and love, and declare our hopes for the happiness of the bride and groom and for the wholeness of the world around us.
BREAKING OF THE GLASS
As the ceremony concludes, Zachary will break the glass under the chuppah. This ancient custom has many interpretations. A traditional interpretation reminds us of the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem and teaches that even in times of joy we remember that we live in a broken world which we have the ability to fix. The breaking of the glass also reminds the couple that relationships are fragile and must be treated with care, love, and respect. Please join in and
shout “Mazel Tov” when Zachary breaks the glass!
After the ceremony, Amelia and Zachary will spend their first moments as husband and wife together in “yichud,” or in private. The practice
of yichud allows the newly married couple precious time to take in the emotion of this momentous occasion as husband and wife.
The hora is a traditional dance performed at Jewish weddings where the newlyweds are lifted into the air while their family and friends dance in circles around them. During the hora, the couple each holds one end of a handkerchief or napkin to signify their union.
IN LOVING MEMORY
Rona and Bernard Gitelson
GRANDPARENTS OF THE GROOM
UNCLE OF THE GROOM
Maxine and Cornelius Toomey
GRANDPARENTS OF THE BRIDE
GRANDFATHER OF THE BRIDE
We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our family
and friends for sharing this exciting celebration with us.
It means the world to have you here. We feel so fortunate to
have such loving and supportive family and friends in our lives!
PARENTS OF THE BRIDE – Kathryn and Cornelius Toomey
PARENTS OF THE GROOM – Debbi and Brian Braunstein
GRANDMOTHER OF THE BRIDE – Ruth Allen
GRANDMOTHER OF THEGROOM – Carolyn Dinofsky
MATRON OF HONOR – Rachael Oberman, Friend of Bride
BEST MAN – Stuart Oberman, Friend of Groom
Katrin Allen, Cousin of Bride
Carrie Blumenthal, Friend of Bride
Danielle Braunstein, Sister of Groom
Taylor Criss, Friend of Bride
Clare Hildebrand, Friend of Bride
Taylor Walker, Friend of Bride
Jackson Allen, Cousin of Bride
Colin Blumenthal, Friend of Groom
Theodore Bross, Friend of Groom
Michael Karl, Friend of Groom
Daniel Kraus, Friend of Groom
Brian Myerson, Friend of Groom
OFFICIANT – Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh