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East Meets West

From the obvious to the obscure, learn about various wedding traditions from both Chinese and Jewish cultures.


The "One-Stop Shop"

Interview and photographs by Candy Cheng

Davi Cheng is the Los Angeles Regional Director Be’chol Lashon, an institute for Jewish and community research. Davi came to the U.S. from Hong Kong when she was 14 and she currently lives in Los Angeles. She often introduces herself by giving all of her names: Wai-Fong (Chinese), Mariana (English) and Davi (Hebrew).

Davi "embraced the covenant," a term she prefers over “conversion,” 13 years ago after encountering the religion for the first time at the University of California at Berkeley in 1979. She has been with Jeannette Vance, or Bracha, for 30 years. In their Ketubah, or Jewish wedding contract, Bracha and Davi agreed to celebrate both Jewish and Chinese holidays and traditions in their household.

Davi says although there are many similarities between Chinese and Jewish culture such as devotion to family and valuing education, the differences sometimes make it hard to be both Chinese and Jewish. No pork lo mein, for example.

Hear from Davi Cheng and her Torah study group at Beth Cahyim Chadashim in Los Angeles.