Happy day at Melbourne’s Monte

December 11, 2014 by Donna Surdut
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For the first time in decades, a wedding has been celebrated in the gardens of Melbourne’s Montefiore Homes Community Residence.

Natasha and Tuyva under the chupah

Natasha and Tuyva under the chupah

Smorgon Nursing Home Nurse, Natasha Katz, 24, decided she would celebrate her wedding with the people she cares for on a daily basis, who have become her extended family.

Natasha greets one of the residents

Natasha greets one of the residents

“There wasn’t a second thought about where our simcha would be held – we wanted to share in our special day with the residents, and I knew the Monte plaza and garden would be the perfect place”, said Natasha.

Last Sunday, Natasha walked down the aisle in the tranquil and transformed garden at Montefiore Homes, with family, friends, residents and staff sharing her simcha. From the emotional bedeken (the ceremony where the groom veils the bride) to Natasha and her groom, Tuyva Garfinkel exchanging their vows, it truly was a moment to remember.

“The nachas was tangible”, said resident Mrs Yeva Guler. I could not stop smiling and felt the beauty and warmth of the day. Our nurse Natasha was a beautiful bride and is a unique girl, she adds. “She walked into the plaza and everyone gasped…and I know I shed a few tears!”

The Katz and Garfinkel families are very proud of Natasha and Tuvya’s decision to have shared their wedding day making the simcha even more memorable for them and certainly an unforgettable occasion at Jewish Care.

They also organised and sponsored a delicious afternoon tea for staff and residents in honour of their wedding.


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