WILLIAMSBURG — Thousands of jubilant Hasidic Jews are expected to fill Bedford Avenue in South Williamsburg next Wednesday night, to celebrate the wedding of their leader’s grandson.
The Rabbi Zalman Teitelbaum, one of the two Grand Rebbes of Satmar Hasidic Judaism, has invited his followers to watch his grandson Chaim Hersch Rosenberger marry Classoner Rav Scher, the daughter of Williamsburg Rabbi Asher Anshel Scher, Hasidic community members said and the Jewish Press noted.
“We follow Rabbi Zalman so when his grandchildren get married it’s like we’re a part of the family,” said Simon Weiser, a Hasidic resident and a member of Williamsburg's Community Board One. “I’m very excited.”
The outdoor ceremony that begins at 6 p.m. on Bedford Avenue and Williamsburg Street will draw thousands of people, officials said, who noted that a celebration would be held afterward in a building inside of the Navy Yard.
NYPD officers will monitor traffic safety and street closures, officials said.
Rosenberger is the first of Zalman's grandchildren to marry, Weiser said, noting that the last celebration of such proportions was a few years ago with the wedding of Zalman's youngest daughter also outdoors in Williamsburg.
"He has followers all over the world," Weiser said of Zalman. "He's the shepherd to the sheep. We feel very attached to him."