Interfaith wedding at the Call of Girona.
In 2010 I had the pleasure to officiate a marriage ceremony, according to the Jewish liturgy, of a lovely couple from Canada. We had several online meetings where to talk about all the details, their wishes and their dreams.
The emotional and unforgettable wedding was held in Girona
The highlight of this wedding is not only that it was probably the first Jewish wedding, held in the Patio de la Estrella, in many centuries.
Undoubtedly, it was the first interfaith wedding held, according to Jewish traditions, in the Jewish Quarter of Girona, in all its centuries of history.
The Courtyard of the Star is located in the Bonastruc ça Porta Center, an emblematic building, in which, in the 15th century, was the last synagogue of Girona.
As a Chazan and Jew, I have lived a very special and exciting moment, which I will always remember.
After many centuries, in the ancient synagogue of Girona the voice of the Chazan has been heard again celebrating a Jewish wedding.
The voices of joy and happiness of the boyfriends and their families were heard again, exclaiming and singing Mazal Tov!!! “Call” is the traditional denomination that was given to the Jewish Neighborhoods under the Crown of Aragon.
The Call of Girona.
The Call of Girona was, from a cultural point of view, one of the most important Jewish communities in the West. It is currently one of the best preserved in Europe.
A document of the year 888, already mentions the presence of some 25 Jewish families in Girona.
The Call of Girona began to form from the twelfth century, in the street of La Força, when Jewish families who previously lived in the area of the cathedral were installed.
They reached an average number of 800 people. In the city, various philosophers developed their theories.
The most important representative of this era was, without a doubt, the Ramban. Ramban is the acronym of Rabbi Moshe ben Nahman, also known as Nahmanides.
He was a doctor, a poet, a philosopher, known according to Christian documents, as Bonastruc ça Porta.
Also, the school of the Kabbalah of Girona have legacy great Kabbalists.
Jews from all over the world and tourists in general, come to visit, every year, the Call of Girona.
Camila and Jeff came from Canada, along with their 50 guests, looking for a special and historical place to celebrate their Jewish wedding.
In El Patio de La Estrella, they found the magic, the history, the beauty and the romanticism desired.
In conclusion, in a very emotional and unforgettable celebration, the couple enjoyed their dreamed Jewish wedding.