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Ginnifer Goodwin’s ketubah caper

‘Once Upon A Time’ star tells Jimmy Kimmel about how marriage contract was returned to her right before her wedding

Renee Ghert-Zand is a reporter and feature writer for The Times of Israel.

Actress Ginnifer Goodwin on Jimmy Kimmel last week. (YouTube screenshot)
Actress Ginnifer Goodwin on Jimmy Kimmel last week. (YouTube screenshot)

Actress Ginnifer Goodwin wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of her marrying her Prince Charming (aka Josh Dallas, who plays opposite her Snow White character on the ABC fairy tale drama series “Once Upon A Time”) — not even a stolen ketubah.

The pregnant 35-year-old actress recently told light night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel that the morning of her under-the-radar April 12 wedding to Dallas, her wedding planner’s car was broken into. Among the items taken was the ketubah, an illuminated wedding contract created for the marriage ceremony.

Kimmel, who had not known that the Memphis-born Goodwin was Jewish (she had a bat mitzvah and is said to have been active as a teen in NFTY and BBYO youth groups), was surprised to hear from Goodwin how unfazed she was at hearing this bad news.

Demonstrating her knowledge of Jewish nuptial law, Goodwin recounted how she told the wedding planner everything would be all right, that the artistic ketubah was not really necessary.

“I told her don’t worry — the rabbi’s at the hotel [Goodwin flew in the rabbi who officiated at her bat mitzvah to perform the wedding], and I’m sure there is stationery there. This is not a big deal.”

But the former “Big Love” star had some big luck, when two Jews happened across the ketubah lying in the street somewhere in Hollywood. Fortunately, they read Hebrew [or perhaps Aramaic, if the traditional text was used] and recognized that it was a Jewish wedding contract. They even read the date on the ketubah and picked up on the fact that the wedding was to take place that day.

The two quickly tracked down Goodwin through her representatives and returned the ketubah to her in time for it to be read as she and Dallas stood under the huppah later that day.

Goodwin, who tells Kimmel she is eight months pregnant with her first child, seems to also know her Jewish law regarding matrilineal descent. She told Kimmel Dallas is not Jewish, but that because she is Jewish, her husband will have a Jewish child.

“Now there will be some Jewish Dallases in the world,” she said.

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