The Chief Rabbi of Russia, Rabbi Berl Lazar, officiated at a Jewish wedding in the heart of the Great Desert of Dubai, with the participation of over 600 young Jews, on Wednesday.
What they called the “largest Jewish wedding in the United Arab Emirates” was held for a young couple from Russia, who came with a group of over 600 students on a special trip to Dubai, together with a number of Shluchim and Rabbis from Russia.
These students had all participated in weekly evening classes in Torah, Halacha and Chassidut throughout the year that were given over by Rabbis and Chabad Shluchim in over one hundred cities all over Russia. The students’ hard work paid off. After applying themselves and studying all year, they were rewarded with a unique trip- the largest Jewish group ever to visit Dubai.
The wedding is the trip’s highlight. For most of the guests, it was their first time seeing a Jewish wedding, which will no doubt leave a lasting impression on the direction that their personal lives will take.
This project, which is targeted to the next generation of Russian Jews, is spearheaded by “YaHaD”, the largest Jewish Youth Organization in all of the FSU, which is led by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Wilansky and his dedicated team. Along with Rabbis, Shluchim, and the rest of the staff, they offer a large spectrum of classes and programs for Jewish students during the entire year.