Judaism 101

Want to feel confident walking into a synagogue, seder or shiva? Start with our Judaism 101 video collection.

Chuppah: The Jewish Wedding Canopy

Jewish weddings take place under a canopy called a chuppah – the canopy itself can be made of almost anything – but it creates a spiritually charged area for the couple during the wedding. Learn more about the honor of creating one, standing under one, or helping hold one up for your friends during their Jewish wedding.

While certain traditions appear in most Jewish weddings, there is always room for reinterpretation and reinvention. Whether you’re planning a wedding or attending one, these videos can give you a brief explanation of the history of these traditions, and the many ways that couples have found of adapting them to our own time, and their own relationship.

This project was made possible with generous support from The Koret Foundation, as part of its Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood.

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