Saturday evening- Gail Zucker, Ron Monat, along with Frank and Brenda Cantor will be hosting a "Pre-Wedding Fiesta" for family and out of town guests at their home anytime after 5 pm, they are located at Two Biltmore Estates, Unit #114 in Phoenix. Join for margaritas, mojitos, and tacos before the wedding day!
**There is NO ADDRESS. If you take Uber/Lyft, please type in "Desert Foothills Events and Weddings" or Jomax & Scottsdale Road intersection and it only a few minutes from that intersection based on the below directions.**
Coming from the 101 Freeway, Take the Scottsdale road exit and head NORTH. Then take a left turn on Jomax (WEST). Look for the Coyote sign on your left side (see photo below!) , which is just after 70th Place on your LEFT. Turn left down the dirt road and make your way to the barn. We will have valet.
Please drive slowly once you turn left onto Jomax, otherwise you might miss it! Please review the map and photo below.
Desert Foothills Map & Coyote Sign
The Wedding Party Frank and Brenda Cantor (Sam's parents) Tony Cantor (pretty good men) Matt Cantor (pretty good men) Jacob Daye (ring bearer)
Gail Rosenberg Zucker (Kara's Mom) and Ron Monat (Gail's partner) Amanda Zucker (best lady) Becca Varon (best lady) The Three Dad's: Bob Hartman Robert Pickering Harry Papp
*For additional explanation about Jewish ceremonies, please scroll down for information.
This is when we raise the roof of that ole' barn. Bring your par-tay hats.
Chuppah The ceremony takes place under the chuppah (canopy), a symbol of the home that the new couple will build together. The Ashkenazi custom is to have the chuppah ceremony outside under the stars. The bride follows the groom, both are escorted to the chuppah by their respective sets of parents. Sam and Kara will be using the tallis from Kara's late grandfather, Marvin Rosenberg to honor him during the ceremony.
Chuppah Blessings of Betrothal (Kiddushin) Two cups of wine are used in the wedding ceremony. The first cup accompanies the betrothal blessings, recited by the rabbi. After these are recited, the couple drinks from the cup. Wine, a symbol of joy in Jewish tradition, is associated with Kiddush, the sanctification prayer recited on Shabbat and festivals. Marriage, called Kiddushin, is the sanctification of two people to each other.
Giving of the Ring In Jewish law, a marriage becomes official when the groom gives an object of value to the bride. This is traditionally done with a ring. The ring should be made of plain gold, without blemishes or ornamentation (e.g. stones) - just as it is hoped that the marriage will be one of simple beauty.
Ketubah (Marriage Contract) The ketubah outlines the couple's responsibilities ― to provide one another with food, shelter and clothing, and to be attentive to each other's emotional needs. The document is signed by two witnesses, and has the standing of a legally binding agreement. It is often written amidst beautiful artwork, to be framed and displayed in the home. Kara and Sam have each selected two witnesses on both sides to sign the ketubah: Brent Swift, Becca Varon, Becca Korn and Jonathan Volfson. The reading of the ketubah acts as a break between the first part of the ceremony ― Kiddushin ("betrothal"), and the latter part ― Nissuin ("marriage").
Breaking the Glass A glass is now placed on the floor, and (traditionally) the groom shatters it with his foot. This serves as an expression of sadness at the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, and identifies the couple with the spiritual and national destiny of the Jewish people. A Jew, even at the moment of greatest rejoicing, is mindful of the Psalmist's injunction to "set Jerusalem above my highest joy." This marks the conclusion of the ceremony. With shouts of "Mazel Tov," the groom and bride are then given an enthusiastic reception from the guests as they leave the chuppah together.
Blessing The Challah The wedding meal begins with a blessing over the challah, an elaborately braided bread. The couple's parents or another honored guest can make the hamotzi, or blessing.
The Hora No Jewish wedding is complete without the Hora, or chair dance. In this tradition, a few strong and brave guests hoist the bride and groom high above the crowd on chairs to the infectious sounds of "Hava Nagila". Friends and family dance around in an ecstatic circle as the elevated couple tries not to look (or fall) down. Everyone who is able to shake their body should assume this the time to get on the dance floor.