An American Jewish couple who came to Israel to get married, but found themselves short on guests, were caught by surprise when dozens of Israelis joined them to make their celebration a little bit merrier.
Guests celebrating a bat mitzvah at an adjacent hall in Haifa noticed that Judd and Ma’ayan’s party was almost entirely devoid of attendees.
“We saw the hall was empty. We spoke to the owner and he said that they came from the US to get married,” Miri Shabat told Ynet news. “Some friends from central Israel were supposed to come to the wedding. They couldn’t make it and there were only 20 guests here. So we started running posts on Facebook.”
Miri’s post read: “Come on people, come and cheer up a bride and groom who came from the US to get married and don’t have guests. Come and do a mitzvah.”
She added a video of her and other friends dancing at the couple’s party:
יאללה אנשים בואו לשמח חתן וכלה שבאו מארהב להתחתן בארץ ולא הגיעו אורחים.. כל מי שאתם רואים זה אנשים טובים שבאו לחגוג .. סולם יעקב חוצות המפרץבואו עשו מצווה!!
Posted by מירי שבת on Tuesday, 23 February 2016
The effort was a runaway success, with over a hundred people arriving at the surprised couple’s event to celebrate with them.
According to Ynet, Judd was ecstatic. “This is amazing, perfect,” he said. His wife “loved it,” he added.