Chelsea Wedding 311.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
The dress, the food, the guests, the party - every wedding is a big hoopla. But when you're also the daughter of the US secretary of state and a former president - the excitement is on a different scale.
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After weeks of clandestine planning, Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky wed Saturday at a riverside estate in the small village of Rhinebeck, New York.
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 Mezvinsky were reportedly married under a chuppa, in a ceremony
that featured friends and family reciting the seven traditional
blessings and a ketuba, the traditional Jewish wedding contract. The
event took place before the end of Shabbat.
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."