Auf Ruf

The aufruf, a communal acknowledgment of the upcoming wedding, is traditionally accompanied by a kiddush in the synagogue’s social hall, sponsored in honor of the couple.  It is traditional for the couple to receive an aliyah to the Torah in which they recite the blessings before and after the Torah reading on the Shabbat prior to their wedding. In Reform, Reconstructionist, and [most] Conservative synagogues, both bride and groom are usually called to the Torah. This ceremony is called aufruf, which, in Yiddish, means “calling up.” After reciting the blessings, the rabbi usually offers a misheberakh blessing  for the couple. After that, the couple, are showered with candy symbolizing the sweetness of the occasion.

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