Couple without power visits temple to charge devices, ends up renewing vows

A couple who lost power during Isaias visited a temple, and their trip to recharge suddenly became one to renew.

News 12 Staff

Aug 11, 2020, 9:18 PM

Updated 1,402 days ago

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A couple who lost power during Isaias visited a temple in Westport Friday to charge their phones and ended up renewing their vows.
Rachel and Ken Kantor and their teenage daughters stopped by the Conservative Synagogue in Westport parking lot Friday, which also happened to be their 16th anniversary. The charging station setup, which was under a tent, reminded Ken Kantor of a chuppah -- the canopy at a Jewish wedding.
Their trip to recharge suddenly became one to renew. Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn agreed to do an impromptu vow renewal for the couple.
"I said you know, this is perfect timing because this week is a very small and relatively unknown Jewish holiday called Tu B'Av," said Wiederhorn. "A day of love, and it's an opportunity to celebrate relationships and each other."
And so the couple said "I do" again, this time, in a parking lot, wearing masks, while charging their devices.
It wasn't quite like their big day in 2004, but this one provided a silver lining to several days without power.
"In all of the challenges we're having, there's still beauty and there's still happiness to be found," said Rachel Kantor.
The couple's honeymoon was a little different this time too. Last time, they went to Hawaii, this time they went to the Danbury home of Ken Kantor's mother - because she had power.


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