Beryl and Noam Chernick

176 Wellington Street, London First Church of the Nazarene formerly the B’Nai Israel Synagogue.


Beryl: My name is Beryl Chernick.

Noam: And my name is Noam Chernick.

Beryl: I am standing in front of B’Nai Israel Synagogue, now known as the First Church of the Nazarene. We married here at the end of June of 1958. It was 90 degrees in Fahrenheit [laughs]. There were many guests – 

Noam: –like, two or three thousand.

Beryl: My mother had invited everybody! We got married at two in the afternoon so that everyone could invite everybody’s everybody. And then we had sort of a reception that included being outside and inside. Because it was a Friday, it was the Sabbath in the evening, and so we had a dinner in the auditorium for the family and out-of-town guests. Immediately after the ceremony, the bride and groom have a time called yichud, which means that you’re apart from other people. And we had been fasting, and we were served this amazing chicken soup, which we ate in the Rabbi’s study, and there’s a picture of us eating in the Rabbi’s study before they left us alone. [laughs]