Bob and I are in our late 50's and will be visiting Jerusalem for the first time in late October/early November of this year. We both have always wanted to visit the Holy Land! We were hoping to be able to renew our marriage vows somewhere in or around close to Jerusalem (Mount of Olives, or elsewhere). Bob is Jewish and I am Catholic. This might be difficult given our mixed faith situation. We did not want to do this at Cana (many seem to want this location). We have been in contact with a Messianic Rabbi who will perform a ceremony for us. Since a Church or synagogue is out of the question in Jerusalem, we were wondering about having the ceremony in a public location. Is this possible, given our situation? There would only be the Rabbi, Bob and I, and two witnesses present. Are there Holy sites where this could take place without causing disruption or controversy? We would be grateful for any information or suggestions you may have!
God Bless you for your help.
Here's a suggestion: Contact the folks at The Garden Tomb and ask if it would be possible. It is a very serene peaceful location operated by a non profit group and may well be the location of Christ's burial. Look up this location on the web and yoiu will see many pictures and get a feel for the place and get contact info. I was just there last month.
We have contacted a Messianic Rabbi who has said that trying to hold even a short wedding ceremony anywhere on mount of olives is dangerous. He said that a fellow rabbi friend of his was conducting a vow renewal recently and a few Muslims began to riot. He suggested another location. Are there locations in Old City Jerusalem...east Jerusalem...where a very short ceremony can be held. Not in a church or temple. Because I am Catholic and my fiancé is Jewish. A place with a view of the old city?? Thank you. We will be there the first 10 days of November this year. Bless you for your suggestions and advice.
Check the church of God on Mount of olives area , I think it is more suitable to make the wedding over there
Since you don't think a church or synagogue would work, how about the top of the Mount of Olives? There is a overlook toward the Temple Mount. If you look down, you see the Jewish Cemetery. But there is a place where people take pictures, buses stop, (when I was there someone had a camel and a donkey), there is a seating area kind of like a small amphitheater. We sat there to listen to our guide tell us about the area. It is VERY public but it would probably not require permission from anyone. You could even just go to the side and find a spot that you like. I wish I could tell you what it is called, but your rabbi is probably familiar with it. I just looked on googlemaps and found the name of the road as: rabaa al adwaya on the top of the Mount of Olives. It is the only road that has a loop where buses can turn around so I'm pretty sure this is the place that I think will work. Good luck with this!
Palestine is a lovely place to renew your vows. The chapel of ascension at the top of the mount of olives would be a perfect place to do this. When we were there in Al Quds, it was empty. It is small and cosy which would be perfect for your limited number of guests.
Yes I know several places to do it , you can contact me directly and we can discuss it
Zafer Barakat (tour guide)
How wonderful! What a beautiful place (Israel) to renew your wedding vows. I don't know specifically about the amount of Olives but I'm sure the rabbi doing the ceremony would or could suggest some sites. A few years ago some friends of mine renewed their vows at the facility of the Garden Tomb. There are some little semi-secluded garden areas there. It was a beautiful spot. My suggestion is to get in touch with the rabbi who is going to do your ceremony and ask him for suggestions. Many blessings on your trip.
You bring up an important point. The more "Holy" the location the more controversy and disruption it could cause.
I would like to suggest Trotner Park Jerusalem which is on the southern part of Jerusalem with a beautiful view of the old city from afar. The park is large enough and far enough for you to hold your ceremony in peace with a great view of the holy places of Jerusalem. Probably a good time to hold the ceremony will be before sunset so you enjoy the golden color over the city. You can Google it and get an impression of the location.
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