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Mazel Tov - you are planning a wedding! This will be a time for personal joy and celebration. It is more. It is a time to link yourselves to the Jewish people and God.

It is God, as the source of joy, about whom we sing in the wedding ceremony itself in the last of the Seven Wedding Blessings, sheva b'rakhot: Blessed are You… who created joy and gladness, bride and groom, pleasure, song, delight and happiness, love and harmony, peace and companionship.

These blessings go on to link the joy of the bride and groom to that of the Jewish people: May there always be heard in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem voices of joy and gladness, voices of bride and groom, the jubilant voices of those joined in marriage under the bridal canopy.

Your wedding is an occasion for joy for the entire Jewish community, since it marks the beginning of a new Jewish home. It is a promise for our future. Thus, it marks your commitment to the Jewish people.

A Jewish wedding adds additional dimensions of meaning to a most significant personal event. It is a public statement that recognizes that the step you are taking has within it an element of sanctity. The ceremony evokes God's presence.

We hope that you will contact Rabbi Melody if you are planning a wedding and strongly encourage the use of our facility to host your special event.