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Not only can you now get a free ordination as a Minister in American Marriage Ministries (AMM), and be officiallly recognized as such in Utah, but you can also perform marriages by Zoom from virtually anywhere.  Only in Utah, however:  "Utah becomes first state to allow international virtual Zoom wedding for partners living in different countries," American Weddings Blog, Nov 16, 2020, online at https://theamm.org/articles/459-utah-becomes-first-state-to-allow-international-virtual-zoom-wedding-for-partner .

This means that Israelis who cannot get approval for their marriages from the Orthodox Rabbinate in Israel have been getting married by Zoom in Utah.  "Israeli Couples Marry on Zoom to Bypass Israeli Law," i24 News, Mar 14, 2021, online at

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Ahhh!  Ain't Luuuurve Grand?!! :blink: :huh: :unsure:

P.S.: How long do you think it will take the Knesset to close that loophole, Robert?

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3 hours ago, Kenngo1969 said:

Ahhh!  Ain't Luuuurve Grand?!! :blink: :huh: :unsure:

P.S.: How long do you think it will take the Knesset to close that loophole, Robert?

The Knesset, like our own Congress, has a hard time deciding anything.  However, they have been broadening the definition of who is a Jew in recent years, even allowing non-Orthodox conversions legitimacy.  A test case will probably have to wend its way to the Israeli Supreme Court.

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13 hours ago, Robert F. Smith said:

Not only can you now get a free ordination as a Minister in American Marriage Ministries (AMM), and be officiallly recognized as such in Utah, but you can also perform marriages by Zoom from virtually anywhere.  Only in Utah, however:  "Utah becomes first state to allow international virtual Zoom wedding for partners living in different countries," American Weddings Blog, Nov 16, 2020, online at https://theamm.org/articles/459-utah-becomes-first-state-to-allow-international-virtual-zoom-wedding-for-partner .

This means that Israelis who cannot get approval for their marriages from the Orthodox Rabbinate in Israel have been getting married by Zoom in Utah.  "Israeli Couples Marry on Zoom to Bypass Israeli Law," i24 News, Mar 14, 2021, online at

They can also perform bris, and the tips are tax-deductible!

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2 hours ago, strappinglad said:

I wonder if it is possible for couples from other cultures to " jump the broom " on Zoom ??

It appears that, if you have internet, you can have a legally binding marriage in Utah -- from anywhere in the world.  Whether your home country will recognize it seems to be at issue.

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