Vegan Marries Jew in 'Wedding of the Century'
Last night, in what was billed as the "wedding of the century," a vegan married a Jew. I don't think of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky as the biggest celebrities in the land, but I would have loved to have gone to the event to cover it for heebnvegan!
Rev. William Shillady, a Methodist minister, and Rabbi James Ponet, the head of the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, co-officiated at the ceremony. A blogger for the Forward called the wedding "the most high-profile interfaith ceremony in American history."
Mezvinsky wore a kippah and a tallis, and the couple stood under a chuppah (canopy) and in front of a ketubah (wedding contract). Friends and family reportedly recited the traditional blessings of the sheva brachot. The Los Angeles Jewish Journal pointed out, "No word on whether the bridegroom shattered a glass, or whether President Clinton yelled, 'Mazel tov!'"
Clinton has reportedly been vegan since she was a teenager. Although the menu apparently did include organic grass-fed beef, the affair reportedly included significant vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, including a vegan, gluten-free wedding cake. Some are speculating that the high-profile wedding could lead to a spike in the volume and creativity of vegan and gluten-free options at weddings and elsewhere.