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Greek Orthodox Wedding

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 10, 2016


My officemate Nicola (the groom) was married a couple days ago at Mar Elias monastery just outside Jerusalem. I attended as a guest and took a few photos. The entire photoset is on Flickr.



My husband is close to the camera (white kippah with black stripes). My boss is in the row in front of him (blue kippah). There were a couple other guys from work at the church service.



Nicola and Reem entering the church.



Impatient flower girl. The service was only about 40 minutes but that’s a long time to stand at the front with a basket of flower petals!


Bishop, framed by the arm of a chair.


The priests and bridal party join hands and walk around the table near the end of the service.


Leaving the church.


Kosher wedding hall. Although Nicola and Reem are Palestinian Christians, Nicola chose a kosher venue so that his Jewish friends would be able to eat. Very thoughtful! 🙂


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Posted by Avital Pinnick on January 4, 2015


I’ve been pretty quiet for a couple months because a lot has happened. The biggest event in our lives was our son’s wedding! I didn’t bring a big camera with me to the wedding, so most of these photos were taken by a coworker.

Other stuff was work-related: on Nov. 2, my birthday according to the civil calendar, I was laid off at work. Three days later, on my Hebrew birthday, my layoff was cancelled. In a nutshell: My boss and his boss fought for to keep me.

Binyamin standing between the fathers (taken with my smartphone).

Groom and Fathers

Binyamin with his grandmother, aunt, and cousin (also taken with my smartphone).

Son with relatives from England

The bride, Ayala, on her way to the chuppah. She’s a lovely girl and we’re very pleased with the match.


She comes from a very large family. She is the youngest of 8, and her 7 siblings are all married with children. We think that’s a very good thing, because if anything were to happen to us, Binyamin would still have family in the country.


The hall, Eretz Kedem, was gorgeous. It’s in the middle of nowhere–Park Britannia in the Beit Shemesh region (taken with my smartphone).

Eretz Kedem Hall

Near the end of the evening my son sang with the band. Photo taken with my smartphone.

Son singing with the band

The chuppah was mobbed with friends and relatives. I briefly contemplated climbing over the barrier, but it was a bit high, my coworker was there with his camera, and I didn’t want to ruin the dress….


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