Mazel Tov! The uniting of two families in a wedding helps fufill Isaiah's vision: "May there soon be heard in Jerusalem the sound of gladness and rejoicing; the sound of bridegroom and bride."
It is a benefit of membership to engage our Clergy and space in your wedding plans. Please contact Antoinette Nunez at [email protected]/773-868-5120 to begin scheduling your simcha (happy occasion) and for more information about Jewish wedding ritual needs.
General Scheduling Guidlines for Jewish Weddings
Jewish weddings do not take place on Shabbat or the following Festivals: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, First and Second Day of Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, and Shavuot from sundown on Friday (or the eve of the Festival) through nightfall on Saturday (or the day of the Festival).
Jewish weddings also do not take place during these traditional times of communal mourning: from the second day of Passover through Lag B'Omer and from the 17th of Tammuz through the 9th of Av. The online date converter at www.hebcal.com can help you with converting English dates to Hebrew and vice-versa.
The Shabbat before the wedding is a traditional time for an Auf Ruf (pronounced oof-roof). Groom and Bride are called to the Torah and receive a blessing.
Sunkist Fruit Gems are the candy of choice for throwing at the couple to symbolize a "sweet life" as these candies do not melt and are soft. They are available at Jewel grocery stores.