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 our shul in your wedding plans. Please contact Rabbi Brian by email (click here) /608-784-2708 to begin scheduling your simcha (happy occasion) and for more information about Jewish wedding ritual needs.
General Scheduling Guidelines 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 Aufruf (pronounced oof-roof). Groom and Bride are called to the Torah and receive a blessing.
Soft candies are the preferred candies for throwing towards the bride and groom, as these candies do not melt and are soft. The candies represent showering the couple with a sweet life. They are available at grocery stores.