Wedding invitation

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  • Year when photo was taken:
    1947
    Country name at time of photo:
    Turkey
    Country name today:
    Turkey

This is our wedding invitation in 1947, August 31st.  We were married in the Ashkenazi synagogue in Yuksek kaldirim.It was crowded that day.  The whole synagogue was full, all our friends and acquaintances were there.  This means that this is a 58 year old card.

We were married in Istanbul in the Ashkenazi synagogue at Yüksekkaldirim with my wife.  My wife is Sephardic.  I registered her to our community with a paper I took from the Sephardic community to be able to get married.  They have an agreement among themselves, they do not compete.  There is a difference in the way we get married in the synagogue.  Now, when you go to the temple, the groom comes with his mother and father just like the Sephardim, with us, I came with my mother, because there was no father, my older brother took his place.  With us, when the bride comes, she does not enter the temple directly.  She goes up the stairs, there is the first gallery there, she waits.  The rabbi comes, takes me and my mother, we go upstairs.  We open the veil to see that it is my wife. We say o.k.  I go down alone, my mother stays with the bride and they descend together.  And this is why, it is in our history, Rachel for Leah.  This is it.  Because the guy wanted Rachel, they gave him Leah.

The wedding went very well.  There was no evening party.  We got married, we immediately went home, undressed, changed, took a small suitcase and went immediately to the hotel. We went to Heybeli ada (the third one of the Princess islands, on the Marmara sea, south of Istanbul) for our honeymoon.  We stayed at a hotel there, Halki Palas, it was a nice hotel, the food was very good.  I remember there was a dish where they placed an egg on toast.  An egg over a toast, the yolk in the middle, however they did it, it was fantastic.  We stayed for 3-4 days there.  We were married on August 31st.  Our friends came too.  We went out on a boat.For the first 3 years of our marriage we lived with my wife's mother in the 6th section. Then we moved to Elmadag.  And we started to live on our own.

Interview details

Interviewee: Jak Rutli
Interviewer:
Yusuf Sarhon
Month of interview:
May
Year of interview:
2005
Istanbul, Turkey

KEY PERSON

Jak Rutil
Year of birth:
1919
City of birth:
Istanbul
Country name at time of birth:
Ottoman Empire
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant

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