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Russian City Sees First Traditional Jewish Weddings in Eight Decades

January 26, 2009 2:05 PM
For the first time in 80 years, Jews in the walled Russian city of Smolensk celebrated a traditional kosher wedding when two local couples held a joint ceremony on the grounds of the Chabad-Lubavitch center. Rabbi Levi Mondshine, director of the center and chief rabbi of Smolensk, officiated at both weddings, which despite the cold and snowy weather, took place underneath the traditional Jewish wedding canopy known as a chuppah
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Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Levi Mondshine, chief rabbi of Smolensk, Russia, reads the marriage contract of one of two couples whose ceremonies were the first kosher Jewish weddings to be witnessed in the southwest city in 80 years.
Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Levi Mondshine, chief rabbi of Smolensk, Russia, reads the marriage contract of one of two couples whose ceremonies were the first kosher Jewish weddings to be witnessed in the southwest city in 80 years.

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