A Hasidic synagogue has banned public weddings in Brooklyn for fear it will attract 10,000 people, saying “unwarranted attacks” forced it to cancel a planned celebration to avoid a “paparazzi” event.
The congregation Etev Lev D’Satmar received an order Friday night from New York, banning Monday’s public wedding in Williamsburg from the grandson of his great rabbi Zalman Leib Teitelbaum.
But the synagogue struck an order, saying it had taken special measures to ensure the wedding met the requirements of the coronavirus, but “no one checked our plans before attacking us.”
“The unjustified attacks on this event by those who fascinated the community are separated from the facts,”; said the synagogue’s secretary, Chaim Jakobovitz.
Unlike the sea of admirers and guests invited by officials, only a “narrow circle of close family members” participated in key sections of the wedding, and the rest of the community could only participate for a short period of time, Jakobowitz insisted.
“The greeting sign would be controlled according to the rules of social distancing. Appropriate measures have been taken for this purpose, ”the statement added.
Now the publicity of the state order, as well as the expected mass turnout have forced the family to cancel the initial plans.
“Advertising will turn this wedding into a paparazzi and attract spectators, making it impossible to control the crowd to maintain social distancing,” Jakobovitz said.
“It will also keep from the festive and spiritual atmosphere suitable for such a novel.
So we decided that the wedding would not take place as planned, but would take place [be] visited by close family members. “
Teitelbaum heads the Satmar sect in Williamsburg, while his brother Aaron, who reportedly contracted COVID-19 in March, heads Satmar in the Kiryas Joel enclave in Orange County.
Previous marriages of Zalman Teitelbaum’s relatives have gathered hordes of participants, whether on the streets of Brooklyn or in Israel.