Chuppah Creation


First What is a Chuppah? It is a wedding canopy used during a Jewish wedding ceremony. The canopy is covered on top and open on four sides. One reason a chuppah is used is as a representation of the home that the bride and groom will build together.

The entire wedding ceremony takes place under the chuppah. As the wedding processional enters, usually the bride and group would enter and stand under the Chuppah. In the case of our synagogue wedding – two torot were carried in and used in their place. Our current president and vice president, our two past presidents and current leadership all stood under the chuppah to symbolize the unification of our community.

We knew we couldn’t use just any chuppah so we set out to design something never before achieved. The world’s largest Chuppah. A modest 12 feet across, 10 feet high and 30 feet deep. The chuppah covers the three levels of our bimah and is supported in front by two live trees (symbolizing our two founding synagogues – the trees will be planted on our property following the wedding) The most center section of the chuppah has an embroidered message to Etz Chaim proclaiming the 9th of Nissan as it’s founding date. Surrounding that are 96 squares which were decorated by our congregants and symbolize the importance of each of our members. As one stands beneath the chuppah one cannot help but feel the holiness and the embrace of this special community.

With Special Gratitude To:

Andy Maxwell                                           Robyn Wolfe
Aaron Schechtman                                  Barb Rosen
David Weil                                      Stephany Schechtman
Brian Wolfe                                            Laura Maxwell
Hank Lerer                                          Michelle Fesman
Ron Shapiro                                              Linda Berger
Jon Cohen                                                 Terry Brodof
Matt Brodof                                               Erica Cohen
Simon Newman                                        Chava Vidal
Rachel Wolfe                                            Sandy Baden

And the congregants who contributed squares
and their time to this extraordinary project.