Non-Jewish Weddings

Covering All The Bases

Drawn to its symbolism, non-Jews are increasingly getting married under the chupah.

Special To The Jewish Week

When Lorelei Gilmore, the unwed Connecticut mother on the award-winning sitcom, “Gilmore Girls,” was about to tie the knot in a 2001 episode, she was astonished to see her friend, Luke, drag an elaborate wooden chupah onto her lawn. She reminded him that neither she nor the groom, Max, was Jewish. “Don’t you have to be Jewish to get married under one of these?” she asked, gesturing to the structure, with its hand-carved images of birds, flowers and a sacrificial goat. “Won’t God smite us?”

A non-Jewish couple under the chupah in Austin, Texas. Sarah Q. Photography
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