Journal article

The ballad of Leah and Amanda: Ritual and history at the wedding of a Jewish lesbian couple in Melbourne, Australia

Jordana Silverstein



At the beginning of 2014, Leah and Amanda became one of the first pairs of Jewish lesbians to have a Jewish wedding in Melbourne, Australia. Held in a secular reception venue and officiated by a Reform rabbi, this ceremony was a Jewish religious ceremony that had no relationship to the Australian state. In this ceremonial search for a ritual that would be true to themselves, would express their love, and would engage with communal and familial cultures and histories, dominant discourses of both Jewish and Australian weddings were simultaneously challenged and reinforced. In this article, utilizing oral history methodologies, I will explore some of the ways that Leah and Amanda articulated a..

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