A couple from Rishon L’Tzion was looking for a wedding hall but the one they selected would not work as the operator refused to book their wedding after learning they planned to read portions from the New Testament at the ceremony.
The couple has decided to file a NIS 100,000 lawsuit against the Yavne wedding hall because according to them, they were refused simple because of their religious beliefs.
The couple was looking for a hall six months ago. It was clear to them that they were going to read from the New Testament during the ceremony along with performing a number of other Christian customs as they explained that while being Jewish, they are believers in “J”. Obviously, such a ceremony is also not sanctioned by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
They finally found the hall that would work for them, both the ambiance and the cost. They began finalizing the wedding with the manager. During their discussion they explained details about the actual wedding ceremony and the hall representative objected, explaining this was not possible. They add the hall owner agreed to permit the wedding providing they eliminate reading portions of the New Testament.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)