Our ceremony will be a traditional Jewish wedding, following all of the Orthodox wedding halachot (Jewish laws). We will also incorporate some Bene Israel traditions from Rajiv's unique Indian-Jewish background.
Rabbi Meir Fund of The Flatbush Minyan will be conducting our ceremony.
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|Parents of the Bride
||Parents of the Groom
|Dr. Moussa Menasha
Leah Menasha (sister of the bride)
Geetal Manglani (sister of the groom)
Angela Shamsi (friend of the bride)
Benjamin Menasha (brother of the bride)
Samuel Menasha (brother of the bride)
Henning Colsman-Freyberger (friend of the groom)
We are currently registered at Fortunoff, Crate & Barrel and Bed Bath & Beyond. Browse our registries online to make purchases or to find store locations and phone numbers.
We realize some of our guests might think that a gift from our registry is not a very personal gift. Together we have spent many hours (too many!) at stores selecting items that will suit the anticipated needs of our new home. Any gift bought from our registry will be received with gratitude and used often. If you are thinking of buying us a gift, we encourage you to use our registry.
Can I dance with my significant other at the wedding?
Will I be seated next to my significant other?
Why does the invitation call the wedding for "three o'clock" and the chupah for "four o'clock"?
Should I prepare something witty to say to the videographer?
What kosher supervision is The Woodbury Jewish Center under?
If the food is kosher, is it blessed by a rabbi?
What should I wear?
Will the ceremony be traditional?
Can I RSVP online?
What is imagineblue.com?
Are you registered at any stores?
How did the two of you meet?
Didn't you just get engaged?
Where will we live after we are married?
About the Wedding
Q. Can I dance with my significant other at the wedding?
A. Yes, but not the entire time. We will have 20-30 minutes of fast-paced Jewish dancing at the beginning of the reception. Traditionally, men and women dance separately during this time, and everyone has a lot of fun! After that, there will be mixed dancing for the rest of the evening so you and your significant other can boogy down!
Q. Will I be seated next to my significant other?
A. Yes, men and women will be seated together for the entire ceremony and
Q. Why does the invitation call the wedding for "three o'clock" and the chupah for "four o'clock"?
A. There will be a cocktail hour starting at 3 pm. During this time guests will enjoy the open bar and numerous hors d'oeuvres. The groom's tisch and bedekin will also take place. The actual marriage ceremony starts at 4 pm. We encourage all guests to arrive in time for cocktails at 3 pm.
Q. Should I prepare something witty to say to the videographer?
A. No! There will be no videographer at the wedding. The bride and groom don't want to encourage and immortalize people's cheesy lines, and don't want them or their friends to be laughed at years later when the dusty video is pulled out of a closet.
Q. What kosher supervision is The Woodbury Jewish Center under?
A. The Woodbury Jewish Center is supervised by The Star-K.
Q. If the food is kosher, is it blessed by a rabbi?
A. Contrary to popular belief, kosher food is not blessed by the mashgiach (kosher supervisor). A mashgiach is the person responsible for making sure all the ingredients used to prepare the food are kosher and that nothing is done in the process of preparing food to render it not kosher or traife, such as mixing any amount of milk with meat.
Q. What should I wear?
A. Our wedding is black tie optional. Men should wear a tuxedo if they have one, but shouldn't feel obligated to buy or rent one just for this event. A dark suit is perfectly acceptable. Please, no light-blue or green suits! Women should wear evening gowns that would be appropriate to wear inside a synagogue. Wear comfortable shoes because you will do a lot of dancing!
Q. Will the ceremony be traditional?
A. It will be modern orthodox and incorporate customs from Rajiv's unique Indian-Jewish background. To reflect this, the entire wedding party will be dressed modestly with their shoulders and knees covered.
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About The Web site
Q. Can I RSVP online?
A. We wanted to give the wedding invitations a personal touch. The best way to do this was with RSVP cards for each guest to write us a personal note.
Q. How secure is this web site?
A. Our site provides personalized information for each guest, accessible with a unique user name and password. The back-end code on this site performs only data "reads" from XML documents and does not give hackers any opportunity to modify your personal data.
Q. What is imagineblue.com?
A. Imagineblue is a private Internet services provider run by Rajiv for the Manglani family and friends.
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About Rajiv and Miriam
Q. Are you registered at any stores?
A. Yes, we are registered at Fortunoff, Crate & Barrel and Bed Bath & Beyond. We spent hours registering because neither one of us is good at making shopping decisions, so please use our registries! Gifts of cash are also welcome!
Q. How did the two of you meet?
A. We met at a shabbat dinner in December of 1998 run by Alumot, a group for young people who have participated in Israel programs. Rajiv spoke at the dinner, giving a devar-torah (a short speech on a Jewish topic) about the current parsha of the Torah (the chapter which is read every week). After his speech, Miriam introduced herself and said that she liked what he said.
Q. Didn't you just get engaged?
A. Yup. We were engaged on August 11th, 2001.
Q. Where will you live after you are married?
A. We will be living in Rajiv's current apartment, in Brookline, Massachusetts. You can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
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