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Exhibit explores 100-plus years of Jewish wedding customs

JANET PEREZ | Staff Writer | Posted: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 6:36 am

In 1912, the Jewish population in Phoenix was very small. Yet, on the day Arizona became a state, Feb. 14, 1912, the very first wedding performed was in Phoenix with a young Jewish couple, Joe Melczer and Hazel Goldberg. The ringbearer was a 3-year-old boy dressed as Cupid. The little boy’s name was Barry Goldwater.

These are just some of the interesting facts that can be discovered at the Arizona Jewish Historical Society’s new exhibit, “Love & Marriage: The Cultural Evolution of Jewish Weddings from 1912-2016.” The exhibit, which opened April 30, is housed at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, the former home of the first synagogue in Phoenix, Congregation Beth Israel.

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