By COLlive reporter
A photo of a unique Lubavitch-themed wedding proposal went viral this week in Israel, leaving many wondering what was the story behind it.
The photo shows a construction site filled with colorful balloons with a wide hand-written poster hanging over it, reading “Shterna Sara, will you open a Chabad House with me?”
On Tuesday morning, journalist Sivan Rahav-Meir wrote that she succeeded in tracking down the happy couple behind the proposal: Ofir Cheldi and his kallah Shterna Sara (her surname was not provided).
Cheldi said he grew up as a secular Israeli in Tzur Yig’al, a town in the Central District of Israel that has since merged with Kokhav Ya’ir. He learned in the Beit Berl high school and is currently studying construction at the Ariel University.
“It was here on campus that I met Rabbi Sasi Karmel, the Chabad Shliach, and through him I have become close to Judaism,” Cheldi said.
The location of the proposal in the photo was a project site for a new shul that he is managing. After dating his kallah, Cheldi was ready for marriage. With the help of friends, he created the sign and inflated the balloons.
“I am not a conventional person, so I didn’t want to write ‘Will you marry me’?” the chosson said. “I thought to myself that how the goal is really for our home to be a Chabad home, a house of Shlichus that is open for all,” he said, explaining his unique choice of words.
Mazal Tov Ofir and Shterna Sara, may you indeed build a wonderful Chabad House!