Latin Americas first same-sex Jewish wedding in Buenos Aires

The first Jewish same-sex wedding ceremony in Latin America was celebrated at a Buenos Aires synagogue.

The happy couple: Vicky Escobar (left) and Romina Charur

Victoria Escobar, 36, and Romina Charur, 35, were married April 10 at NCI Emanu El Temple in the Argentine capital. Some 300 guests attended the ceremony, which was officiated by Rabbi Karina Finkielstein.

The couple had been married in a civil ceremony in 2014.

Escobar was raised in a nonpracticing Catholic family and converted to Judaism through the Conservative Latin American rabbinical seminar. She told the Argentine media outlet Infobae “my desire is to have Jewish children.”

Charur told Argentine media the couple want to raise a Jewish family and needs the ketubah, or Jewish marriage certificate, to enroll their future children in Jewish schools. She revealed that they are in the process of in vitro fertilization treatments with a sperm donation and she will carry the baby.

The ceremony ended with traditional cries of “mazel tov” from the crowd as the two brides broke two wineglasses — an image featured on the April 11 cover of the Argentine newspaper Clarin.

Both brides told Argentine media that they sought publicity in order to encourage other couples to hold religious wedding ceremonies. Argentina was the first country in Latin America to approve same-sex marriages, which have been legal since July 2010. — jta