By COLlive reporter
When Lev Leviev marries off his youngest daughter, people come. From all over.
Some 600 guests came to celebrate with the billionaire philanthropist as he gave away his 22-year-old Ayelet Leviev to the groom, Gidon Jacobson on Tuesday.
“The silver wedding” is how one Israeli outlet called the celebration of Lev and Olga Leviev’s 7th child (out of 9) held at the Avenue convention and events center near the Ben Gurion Airport.
Officiating was Bnei Brak Chief Rabbi Moshe Landa. Reading the Rebbe’s letter was Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar and the Kesuba was read by Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, Vice Chairman of Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch in New York.
Notables honored under the chuppah were former Israeli Chief Rabbi Yisroel Lau, current Chief Rabbi Dovid Lau, former Israeli president Shimon Peres. Emcee was Rabbi Pinchas Althaus of Holon.
For many attending, like Knesset members of the Likud and Shas, heads of institutions and community activists, it was an opportunity to thank Leviev for his charity as President of the Federation of Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union and founder of the Or Avner Foundation.
Others in attendance were Israeli Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef, Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Israeli-Georgian billionaire and philanthropist Mikhael Mirilashvili, Chief Rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces Rafi Peretz, Austria’s Head Shliach Rabbi Yaakov Biderman, Thailand Head Shliach Rabbi Yosef Kantor, Rabbi Pinchos Wishedsky of Donetsk, Ukraine.