I have not made entries to my blog over the past few weeks as I planned my wedding with my fiance, Robbie. We were married this past Thursday, 10/26/06 in a small family ceremony at Congregation Herzl Ner Tamid in Seattle. We were joined by our parents and our children. Robbie has two children, a daughter, Alexandra, who is a freshman at UW and a son, Matthew, who is a freshman at Bellevue High. My oldest, Zachary, is a sophomore at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Moriel, is a special education student at Kentridge High School, and Fay is a junior at the Northwest Yeshivah High School.
Robbie is an active member of Congregation Herzl-Ner Tamid. She grew up in San Diego in a family with a strong Mexican Jewish heritage. Her maternal grandparents came from Tijuana which had a small thriving Jewish community. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and is a lover of Latino cultures. Robbie is trained as a teacher and is a partner in a business with her family from San Diego.
Robbie and I have made our home in Bellevue in the Enatai neighborhood. We look forward to opening our home for Shabbat and Festivals.
I thank people for their well wishes ourl simchah. We hope to respond by bringing more simchah to our community and sharing our joy with 'panim hadashot', new faces.
Shalom, Rabbi Dov Gartenberg