From the U.S, to Glasgow (U.K)... to JWed!
Shani & Marc
Match #: 19&20
The story begins in November, 2001. My cousin, who is serving in the U.S. Army, was stationed in Germany. He called me and suggested that we meet up in Glasgow, Scotland for a whisky-tasting tour. Sounded pretty good to me.
I reserved a hotel in walking distance of the lovely Garnethill Synagogue. On Shabbos, I was very kindly given an aliya by the Rav after which he asked if I was married. When I replied that I was not, he said that he would make a "special" bracha that I should find my wife within the year. While very appreciative, I was unsure just what impact it would have on the year ahead!
A few months later, I logged onto JWed. I saw a picture of a beautiful young woman and, from her profile, I could see that she was originally from the former Soviet Union. Since I speak Russian, I thought we might hit it off. Also, did I mention that she was beautiful?
I sent her a message in late March of 2002. We corresponded a bit, and agreed to meet. Our first date was April 28, 2002. It turned out that her beauty was far beyond skin deep. We got engaged in July of that year, and then married in October (comfortably within the year mentioned by the Rabbi!).
Of course we sent a 'Thank You' and invitation to JWed and additionally sponsored a Kiddush at Garnethill synagogue. We are probably the only couple on JWed to make the Glasgow Jewish Telegraph!
We were married almost a year ago. In February, we moved into a beautiful home in a very warm community, where many of the people from our shul graciously invited us for Shabbos meals.
My wife and I often joked that we would "pay" for our Shabbos meal by telling our hosts the wonderful story of how we met (although we would usually bring wine
Marc and Shani, JWed Couple #10, were married on Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan 5763, 6 October, 2002.
(Both my wife and I lived in the U.S. at the time we met. She is originally from the former Soviet Union and I am American by birth.)
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