11 Apr Machon Miriam graduate celebrates special wedding in Jerusalem
March 19, 2019 was a special and unforgettable day for newlyweds Shlomo Bentes and Danielle Beniste Bentes, who celebrated the beginning of a new important stage of their lives in Jerusalem with the support of Shavei Israel.
Shlomo, 51, originally from Brazil, was a student of ulpan Machon Miriam and kept in touch with Shavei Israel even when he returned home after successfully completing his conversion to Judaism in 2016. He used his knowledge of Jewish laws and traditions, and experience of one year of studies in Yeshivat HaKotel, to work as a mashgiach (kosher supervisor) in Brazil. In 2018 he came back to Israel to improve his skills and study shechitah (ritual slaughtering) in the Midrash Hasfaradi.
Shlomo met his wife, Danielle, in Rio de Janeiro where she worked as an English teacher. Danielle, 40, made giyur le’chumrah (formal conversion) and was a member of Templo Sidon community in Rio. The match was organized by Danielle’s uncle who got acquainted with Shlomo at prayer services in the local Chabad House, and the couple got married six months after their first date. The beautiful wedding of Shlomo and Danielle was possible thanks to the cooperation of Shavei Israel and the Yashlatz yeshivah, a part of the Merkaz haRav institution. Amazingly, the representatives of the yeshivah contacted Shavei Israel with a suggestion to organize a nice wedding for the ulpan graduates on the same day that Shlomo invited Shavei Israel’s staff to be a part of this happy event. Some 150 yeshiva boys and girls from the midrasha took part in the celebration, as well as Shavei Israel staff, to perform a mitzvah to gladden a bride and groom.
Shlomo and Danielle have since made aliyah (formal immigration to Israel), and they live and work in the kibbutz Migdal Oz in Gush Etzion.
Here are some special photos taken at the wedding!
Photo credit: Laura Ben David