Rabbi Aaron Mehlman prepares the
ketubah for Charles under the
watchful eye of the bride’s uncle,
Dr. Barry Herman.

Werner Hirsch, father of the bride,
confers blessing as mother,
Barbara Hirsch, beams.

Charles gets his blessing from a
Kohen, New York attorney
Mitchell Presser (left) and
six-year-old son, with an assist
from Danny Levine, a Levite.

Under the chupah,
Rabbi Aaron Mehlman unites
Charles Rosenay and
Melissa Hirsch.

Charles and Melissa Rosenay
enjoy a meal the day after.

Charles And Melissa Tie The Knot
Amid Palm Trees In The Caribbean

By Nina and Tim Boxer
Photos by Tim Boxer

HARLES ROSENAY was deejaying at a Matzo Ball on December 24 two years ago in New Haven, Connecticut, when he spotted a gorgeous young lady surrounded by friends. Undeterred, he approached and asked, “Is there any potential?”

Melissa Hirsch cast a glance at her admirers and said, “I don’t think so.”

“I didn’t mean with your friends,” Charles persisted. “I mean with me.”

From potential to reality: Last month Charles took Melissa on a Club Kosher tour to the Playa Grande Beach and Golf Resort in the Dominican Republic. He and Danny Levine are partners of the tour company, which entertain vacationers at exotic destinations.

Charles and Melissa exchanged rings in a chupah under the sun. Everyone cheered as he stomped on the glass and kissed the bride who was indeed radiant.

Dr. Ari Korenblit of the Temple Sholom in Mill Basin, Brooklyn, assisted by Rabbi Aaron Mehlman of Ohav Sholom Synagogue in Manhattan, conducted the ceremony. Rabbi Shmuly Hecht, director of the Chai Society at Yale University, read the ketubah (marriage contract) flawlessly in the original Aramaic.

The bride, a nursery school teacher in Hamden, Connecticut, walked on the outdoor path to the nuptial canopy escorted by her mother, Barbara Hirsch, director of a telemarketing company, and her father, Werner Hirsch, a retired electrical engineer.

Melissa’s uncle, Dr. Barry Herman, was kvelling. He is a professor of education at Sacred Heart University. Melissa’s five-year-old daughter Lauren, from a previous marriage, looked beautiful in her special white dress.

Momentarily the palm trees swayed in a gust of wind and a passing cloud let a few drops descend. The 290 guests seated by the outdoor pool took it all in stride as a divine sign of a fruitful future.

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