By Ignatius Pereira:-
Getting married in Israel is not only the perfect way but even a dream for many among the Jewish Diaspora. Avithal Elias, 25, from Kochi (Kerala) realised the dream on April 15 at Acre city in Israel when she tied the knot with Ronan Lautman, a U.S. Jew.
About 100 Jews from India were among the guests. They were declared man and wife by a rabbi under a typical Jewish wedding canopy on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea at Acre. The ceremonies culminated with the presentation of the ketubah (marriage certificate) and the ritual in which the groom stomps and breaks a glass placed on the ground by the rabbi.
Avithal and Ronan were contemporaries at Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), Haifa. Like the Biblical Jacob and Rachel, it was love at first sight, says Avithal.
Both are now employed in Israel, though in different companies.She says that when she arrived in Israel for the first time in 2011 to join Technion, she felt like getting reconnected to the land where she belonged.
Avithal is from a lineage of Jews who arrived in Kochi in 72 BC. While she says Kochi is always her home, she also says “Israel is my homeland.”
The couple now intends to settle in Israel for good. And that will contribute towards further bringing down the already dwindling Jewish population in Kochi.
Avithal’s father, Elias Josephai, is one among the known senior Jews of Kochi running his own concern, Cochin Blossoms, inside a synagogue complex on Market Road, Ernakulam. He says that while he is very sentimental about Kochi and will not like to leave the place, he is also happy that his daughter had “finally settled where she has to settle.”
Courtsey source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/A-dream-come-true-for-Kochi-Jewish-girl-in-promised-land/article14249474.ece