A Chuppah in Lodz

You’re never too old for new beginnings.

Our second delegation to Poland had the opportunity and the honor of attending a wedding during their visit in Lodz.

This wedding was no ordinary wedding.

The couple in question are now in their eighties and this is their second time getting married (to each other) – but their first Jewish wedding.

The story does not begin (or end) here.

The story begins with the parents of the groom who had survived and escaped from the concentration camps. The couple found refuge and were taken in and hidden from the Nazis by a young Polish family who had a baby girl named Stanya. This family succeeded in keeping the Shneiatkovitz’ presence a secret from the Nazis at great risk to their own lives. Years later, Leshek (Leib) Shneiatkovitz, the son of these two survivors went to work and met a girl named Stanya. As they began to talk, they realized there was a special connection between them: Her family had saved his. The two eventually married and continued to live their lives in Poland as part of the Jewish community. Even though she was not Jewish, she was an active part of the Jewish life and activity there. Now, many years later, Stanya (Chaya), decided to officially convert, and the couple decided to remarry in a Jewish ceremony.

Our delegation were on hand for this momentous occasion, and were able not only to be a part of the celebrations but also take part in its preparations. Geula Twersky and Miriam Ceislar helped decorate the chuppa, and Rav Boaz Pash officiated at the wedding of this special couple.

OTS Amiel BaKehila wishes the happy couple many more years together in health and happiness.

Miriam Cieslar – Tour Guide

Miriam Ciesler grew up in a small village located in southern Poland. Her parents discovered their Jewish identity after they were married and decided to raise their six children as Jews. Miriam embraced the idea of living in Israel where a better education and a safer Jewish life awaited her. Miriam is a talented violinist, in Israel she joined the Yemin Orde choir and performed with them in the United States. She served in the Israel Defense Forces as a commander and educator working with new immigrant soldiers. Today, Miriam is working for Masa Israel as a guide and educator for young people from around the world.