£11,000 fine for huge maskless Satmar wedding

THE chassidic Satmar community of Kiryas Yoel in upstate New York is being fined $15,000 (£11,250) for the massive, maskless wedding it staged two weeks ago in Brooklyn in violation of city and state Covid-19 regulations.

The wedding was that of Yoel Teitelbaum, the grandson of Grand Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum, the head of the Satmar community of Kiryas Yoel.

It was held in Williamsburg, where there is also a large Satmar Kiryas Joel community and where the father of the groom serves as its head.

Videos of the massive wedding celebrations have emerged showing thousands of chassidim standing shoulder to shoulder on stands, singing, jumping and swaying together inside the Satmar Kiryas Joel synagogue complex.

The wedding was arranged with great secrecy to avoid detection by New York state and city officials.

“There appeared to be a real effort to conceal it, which is absolutely unacceptable,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“There’s going to be a summons for $15,000 immediately and there could be additional consequences as well.”

On Monday night, another Satmar wedding was held in Kiryas Joel. The number of guests has not been revealed, although the car park of the central synagogue was full by 5pm.

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