Jewish Journal

Jewish and Christian traditions at Clinton-Mezvinsky wedding

by Brad A. Greenberg

August 1, 2010 | 10:53 am


The results, and photos, are in. Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky are married, and their ceremony was tinged by Christian and Jewish traditions—to the point that it was “co-officiated.”

From JTA:

Rabbi James Ponet, head of the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, was joined by Rev. William Shillady, a Methodist minister. Clinton and the groom, Marc Mezvinsky, reportedly were married under a chuppah, in a ceremony that featured friends and family reciting the seven traditional blessings and a ketubah, the traditional Jewish wedding contract. The event took place Saturday night before the end of the Jewish sabbath.

Mezvinsky, who is Jewish, wore a yarmulke and prayer shawl.

Ponet, a Reform rabbi, has been the Jewish chaplain at Yale since 1981. He currently teaches a college seminar with Dr. Ruth Westheimer on “The Family in the Jewish Tradition,” according to the bio on the Slifka Center website. He and his wife, Elana, also “lead a weekly discussion in Slifka Dining Room on the value of peace in Jewish life and thought.”

Interesting. Typically, an interfaith wedding ceremony would only involve an officiant from one of the couple’s religion. I wonder here if the minister and the rabbi—I sense a joke coming on ...—were both in order because Clinton and Mezvinsky both consider themselves deeply committed to their own religious traditions or because of all those onlooking eyes and what it would have meant if, say, the groom got to pick whether they went with a rabbi or a minister.

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