Jerusalem — The bride and groom, in their 20s, ordered a wedding cake adorned with their image, but unbeknownst to them it arrived on their wedding day featuring an image of an elderly couple with the words, “Mazal tov Bubbe and Zeide on your 60th Wedding Anniversary.”
Had their wedding planner, Shani Falik-Roth, not caught the mistake in time, the guests would have been slicing into grandma and grandpa.
First came the date for the bat mitzvah. Marcy Marbut and her parents picked that out three years ago.
Then the invitations. They were mailed out a month and a half ago.
And there was the bat mitzvah tutor, the party planner, the outfit for the simcha and other details.
"This was very organized: everything was planned," Marcy said. "The only thing I didn't plan on was getting sick."
The snag: a ruptured appendix.
Suddenly in Jewish Westchester, land of spacious homes and ample backyards, nothing seems to fit.
Westchesterís Jews, once limited by upper-crust restrictions, are experiencing a 40-percent population surge in the past 10 years, only to find that their infrastructure of schools and shuls now seems too small, tight around the seams.