The Hasidic synagogue prevented a public wedding in Brooklyn for fear it would attract 10,000 people, saying the “unjustified attacks” forced it to scrap the planned party to avoid a “paparazzi” event.
Congregation Yetev Lev D’Satmar was served with an order Friday night by the State of New York, which shielded Monday’s planned public wedding in Williamsburg by a grandson of his great rabbi, Zalman Leib Teitelbaum.
But the synagogue struck the order, saying it had taken special steps to ensure that the wedding complied with the coronavirus guidelines, but “no one confirmed our plans before they attacked us.”
“The unjustified attacks on this event, which stem from those who doubt society, are detached from the facts,” said synagogue secretary Chaim Jacobowitz in a statement.
Contrary to the sea of worshipers and guests suggested by officials, only a “small circle of close family members” would have been to the main sections of the wedding, and “the rest of the community would only be able to attend. for a short period of time, ”Jacobowitz insisted.
“The greeting queue would have been checked in accordance with the social distancing rules. The right schemes were in place to achieve that, ”the statement added.
Now, the public over the state order as well as expected mass participation has forced the family to scrap the original plans.
“The ad will turn this wedding into a paparazzi and draw spectators who make it impossible to control the crowds to respect social distance,” Jacobowitz said.
“It will also deter from the festive and spiritual atmosphere befitting such an affair.
Therefore, we decided that the wedding will not be held as planned and only will [be] attended by close family members. ”
Teitelbaum leads the Satmar sect in Williamsburg, while his brother, Aaron, who reportedly contracted COVID-19 in March, leads Satmar in Kirya’s Joel enclave in Orange County.
Past marriages with Zalman Teitelbaum’s relatives have drawn hordes of participants, whether in Brooklyn or in Israel.