An interfaith, intercultural wedding in Italy, highlighting Jewish traditions – with a twist.
With guests from Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Thailand and the U.S. present, Nad and Alex’s wedding was easily one of the most cosmopolitan I had ever officiated. With a fairly traditional inclusive Jewish ceremony, bookended by Thai customs, it was definitely one of the most intercultural. Throw in the fact that I was upstaged by an elephant, and you have the backdrop for a great story!
Meeting a former president of the United States at an interfaith wedding prompts this rabbi to consider how far American Jewry has come toward full acceptance in the US.
I’ve officiated at many interfaith weddings, but this was the first one I did on television.