Rivkah Nabulo, 23, and Rabbin Asiimwe, 30, a Ugandan-Jewish couple wedded in Israel. The pair exchanged vows on Saturday January 4, 2020 at the Conservative Synagogue in Jerusalem.
According to Haaretz, an Israel online newspaper, the bride and groom are members of the Abayudaya community, which is not officially recognised by the Jewish state but by the Conservative and Reform movement.
Nabulo looked lovely in a short sleeved trumpet gown with a cream bouquet in hand. She went for simplicity with minimal makeup and a bangle as the only accessory.
The groom wore a long Jewish designed coat with a white shirt paired with a black tie and trouser underneath the fabric. He coupled the outfit with a Jewish cap on his head called Kippah.
The ceremony was officiated by Rabbi Andy Sacks, director of the Conservative movement’s rabbinical assembly in Israel and a leading advocate of the Abayudaya Community.
About 80 guests are reported to have turned who included prominent Conservative and Reform rabbis in Israel and several young members of the Abayudaya community who are students in educational programs in Israel.
In an interview, Sacks thanked the members of the local conservative and Reform communities for supporting the success of the couple’s wedding.
He said, “The event was a true demonstration of the beauty and acceptance of Ugandan Jews by the pluralistic Jewish world, whose representatives turned out to show their love and support.
The Ugandan-Jewish couple also revealed to the reporter that they were persuaded by the leaders of the Conservative movement to hold a proper Jewish ceremony in Israel before the bride could return to Uganda, where weddings are known to be prohibitively expensive.
The members are said to have mobilised within a matter of days in organization of the catering, the Klezmer band, the wedding attire and a ring for the bride.
The pair have known each other for seven years and only began dating two years ago as students at Conservative Yeshiva, Jerusalem.
After the ceremony, Nabulo returned to Uganda on Sunday while Assimwe remained in Jerusalem to spend another semester at the school.
People having fun at the wedding.
The groom revealed that after he completes his program at the Institute he plans to enroll in a rabbinical studies program run by the movement either in Israel or the United States.
He added that his wife will work in Uganda as a Jewish educator.