April 10, 2008
Couple stands under the chuppah—60 years on
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Boris also has kept busy. Until several years ago, he filled his afternoons helping Russian children with their math, because their busy parents couldn't afford tutors and often didn't understand the English terminology. "I could talk math," said Boris, who was known as Dada Borya (Uncle Boris) to his students, many of who have stayed in close contact. "What would we do without you," they tell him.
While Maria is still devoted to her Na'Amat work, the couple's days are now mostly filled with medical appointments. Boris, who underwent open-heart surgery in November 2007, goes to rehabilitation three times a week. And Maria receives regular treatments for back and hip pain, among other ailments.
But on the day of their anniversary party, having reconsecrated their wedding vows in Hebrew under a chuppah, they appeared robust and radiant. And clearly devoted to one another as they spoke before all the guests.
"Boris, I can't imagine that one day you were a stranger to me," Maria said. "We are so close."
Cantor Alexander Berkovich holds the microphone and Maria Shvarts looks on as Boris Shvarts prepares to break the glass, concluding the reconsecration of their wedding vows. Photo by Alex Goldenshtein
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