Family celebrations and events acquire a special flavor when held at the Tomb of Machpela, know in Hebrew as Ma’arat HaMachpela. It is undoubtedly a moving and uplifting experience to enter a newborn boy into the covenant of our Patriarch Abraham - to perform his circumcision - in Abraham’s Hall; to exchange wedding vows at the place where the nation’s Patriarchs and Matriarchs are buried side-by-side, and to celebrate a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah atop the very roots of the Jewish people, in the company of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs.
Indeed, many people from Israel and around the world choose Hebron as the location for their celebrations—brits, bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings etc.
The chuppah ceremony is usually held outside on the patio in front of the massive 2,000 year old Tomb of Machpela complex. Meals and festive receptions are usually held in the nearby Gutnick Center which features a full kitchen, sound system and can accomodate a large amount of guests.
The tradition of weddings in Hebron goes back as far as Abraham and Sarah. In the modern era, Hebron was the site of some of the first weddings after the Six Day War of 1967.
According to Hebron Jews: Memory and Conflict in the Land of Israel by Prof. Jerold S. Auerbach, "Just a week after the war ended, on the eve of Shavuot, a Jewish wedding was held in Hebron... Meir Broza, who had served in the first miliary unit to reach Hebron and was still bandaged from his war wounds, married Rachel Meyocas, whose parents had been exiled from Hebron in 1929. Hundreds of Israelis, many from Broza's army unit, attended. The traditional huppa (canopy) was tied to four guns mounted on jeeps. In July, before 1,000 assembled guests, eight army reservists were married by military rabbis outside the cave of Machpelah."
The following video depicts the wedding of Amoyal and Lulu couple on July 17, 1967
For more information on holding a wedding or other celebration in Hebron contact the offices of the Jewish Community of Hebron at:
In the United States contact:
The Hebron Fund
1760 Ocean Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Weddings at Tomb of HaMachpela in Hebron | 17 Images