A few months ago, with a ragtag posse of uninvited, dope-smoking misfits in tow, I crashed fine fellow blogger and renowned journalist Steven I. Weiss's engagement party. Tonight I had the honor of witnessing Steven follow through with his commitment, as he married his lovely and talented fiancee, Rachel Feinerman, at the Sephardic Temple in Cedarhurst, New York.
After a sweet smorg with more meaty hors d'oeuvres than you could shake a leg of lamb at, Beliefnet's Rabbi Eliyahu Stern conducted his first wedding ceremony. As a close friend to Weiss, Stern delivered a heartfelt and down to earth sermon.
Once the couple were happily wed, we made our way to the reception area for dinner and dancing. Sitting at my Table #7, I was introducing myself to the fellow sitting to my left, Fodor's travel guide author, Mark Sullivan. When I mentioned my comic strip about a Jewish robot, the fellow next to Mark smiled as he introduced himself as Wayne Hoffman, Managing Editor for Forward who sent me my first Shabot 6000 syndication rejection letter! He also offered plenty of useful advice about where and how to pitch my comic strip, and it was a pleasure to meet Wayne in person.
The entire evening was a blast, and who knows, maybe video footage of the Jewish Robot actually doing the robot in the middle of a Jewish Bloggers' hora will surface on YouTube one day.