Jake and Becca
The trilingual wedding vows in Becca and Jake’s Ketubah are surrounded by a tapestry-like artwork of their life together in Beijing, a city they both love and in which they met. The Ketubah formed part of their wedding in Massachusetts and will be displayed on the wall of their home.
The artwork is packed full of stories from the couple’s life, often combined in playful and unexpected ways. Every time Jake and Becca come back to look at their Ketubah, they find something new.
Take a look at these small excerpts from the Ketubah. How many stories you recognize will be a test of how well you know Jake and Becca’s life in Beijing!
Jake’s barbecues on the roof become combined with a popular Beijing street food, Chuanr. The ark at Kehillat Beijing, the couple’s community, is flanked by two traditional stone lions, carved from jade. Becca’s famous ravioli make an appearance cooked by her, wearing, naturally, her panda costume.
Skating on Houhai lake, bureaucratic meetings, Becca with her friend Rachel as Patty and Selma Simpson in the Kehillat Beijing Purim schpiel, and Becca’s nascent cookie business. Jake and Becca’s universities make an appearance along with their favorite hulus, their plants, Jake’s best known photo in the hutongs and their Shabbat candles.
To create the Ketuba, Leon sat down with Becca and Jake and talked with them about their life together. They reminisced, thought about what is important to them, and looked back at old photos. Armed with this collection of memories, Leon headed to his studio, and began to draw. Two months later, the Ketubah was complete and ready to become part of Jake and Becca’s wedding and future life together.