Forty guests attended an extravagant Jewish wedding in the middle of isolation this week and made fun of the police when they tried to intervene by offering them a beer.
Extraordinary footage shows the guests of Mimi Friedlander and Zevi Begal gathered in the garden of a large house in North London.
They were treated to a luxurious meal arranged on long tables covered with white tablecloths, with sumptuously draped orchids in the room.
The videos then captured the moment when the police entered the premises to try to break the party, to be met by people who offered them drinks and laughed.
The wedding banquet top table alone had 20 seats close together. Eleven were taken by family members of the groom, and nine by the family of the bride
Wednesday, about forty people attended the wedding ceremony in the garden
The officers attended the scene before the celebrations, left and were told that there would be no more than 10 members of the same family, who lived at home anyway. Police returned a few hours later and found the party in full swing, right
Officers had previously visited Golders Green’s property before the wedding, investigating complaints from neighbors about the rally during the foreclosure.
But the owner of the property, Rabbi Doniel Kleiman, told police that the celebration was just for 10 members of the same family, all of whom lived at the address.
End-of-day footage shows a gathering of around 40 guests celebrating the strictly Orthodox wedding in the garden, with a kosher party inside.
The police returned at 9 p.m. to find the party in full swing. In the images, an officer is seen saying “I’m making the party crash”. A party-goer then replies, “Do you want a drink?” Beer? ’The policeman immediately rejects the offer.
Seeing that many guests had left quickly, the officer then said: “There are obviously a lot of tables and chairs but not enough people”, before adding: “I’m not happy with that, I can tell you say
A heated discussion then ensued with the police outside the house. No arrests have been made, but Met sources confirmed that a person had been fined.
At around 11:00 p.m., the couple were filmed leaving hoarse cries and cheers from their guests, passing in front of a police van parked outside the house.
One viewer told MailOnline, “It is a despicable thing for the Jewish community in general and the actions of a few have given us a bad reputation.
“Judaism holds life in such high esteem and I don’t understand why it happened. “
The bold wedding was organized by Rabbi Kleiman at his Bridge Lane home, Golders Green. Rabbi Haim Halpern, a well-known religious leader, recited a blessing under the wedding canopy.
Sumptuous decorations were put in place for the celebration, which took place in lockdown
Rescue workers arrived at the house to interrupt the event and an altercation took place
London bride, Mimi Friedlander, left, and groom Zevi Begal from Manchester, right
Rabbi Doniel Kleiman organized the wedding
At the banquet, the top table alone had 20 seats placed next to each other. Eleven were taken by family members of the groom and nine by the family of the bride.
There were three small tables in addition to the upper table, each accommodating between four and seven guests.
The wedding planners originally planned to invite hundreds of people to celebrate the occasion, but reduced their numbers due to the coronavirus pandemic, only informing guests of the venue on the day of the wedding.
The father of the bride, Moishe Friedlander, was chairman of the Hackney Metropolitan Police Independent Advisory Group for five years. Today, he confirmed that the outcry over the marriage had forced him to resign.
“It’s over now,” he told MailOnline. “I resigned from my post as president. Let’s all go ahead with our lives.
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said, “The police were contacted at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday April 22 concerning an alleged event planned at a residential address at Bridge Lane NW11.
Officers attended the address and spoke with the occupants. They were informed that a family reunion was to take place and that a very small number of people would be present. Appropriate advice regarding government guidelines for Covid-19 has been given.
“The police were called again at 9:00 p.m. following reports of a large group of people gathered at the address.
A screenshot taken by the person concerned who informed the police of the rally
Bride and groom just after traditional wedding ceremony in North London garden
The wedding guests crowd around the tables planned for the banquet to be tasted after the ceremony
Social distancing does not seem to be a priority with chairs placed next to each other
“The officers attended and committed themselves, explained the directions and encouraged compliance. People were seen leaving the scene and at 11:00 p.m. the event was closed.
“No arrests have been made. A fixed penalty notice has been issued. “
The news of the marriage came as the latest figures show that 335 people in the Jewish community died from coronavirus, accounting for 1.8% of all British deaths.
The Jewish community represents only 0.5% of the population, which means that it is suffering disproportionately from the Covid-19 pandemic.