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A Biden Shows Up in ‘Huppah Dreams’

The special vice-presidential edition of our wedding of the week

Marc Tracy
June 04, 2012
Ashley Biden and Howard Krein.(Joy Moody/NYT)
Ashley Biden and Howard Krein.(Joy Moody/NYT)

Each Monday, we choose the most interestingly Jewish announcement from that Sunday’s New York Times Weddings/Celebrations section. There are a few compelling possibilities this week, but whom are we kidding? It’s obviously that of Ashley Biden and Howard Krein, married Saturday in a Catholic and Jewish ceremony. The bride is a social worker, the groom is an otolaryngologist and plastic surgeon from New Jersey. (“You see my son there, the one marrying the vice president’s daughter? He’s a doctor.”) The father of the bride joins Al Gore as a vice president whose daughter married a Jew (although Karenna Gore Schiff and Andrew Newman Schiff, a descendant of Jacob, have since divorced). We have yet to have a Jewish First or Second Lady—the closest was Kitty Dukakis. Which means it’s Ashley Biden’s turn to make this right. (Or Chelsea Clinton’s.) Mazel tov to the happy couple!

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.

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