Avraham Biran

The former Ruth Frankel and Biran after their wedding, April 6, 1936. The pair met while he was attending Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and Ruth followed Avraham to Palestine shortly after he returned there. She arrived on the eve of Passover; according to Jewish custom, no weddings can occur for more than a month after the onset of Passover. The pair desperately sought a rabbi who could officiate immediately. With the aid of Avraham’s uncle, they were able to locate a rabbi, but he assumed that the pair wanted only a marriage of convenience to allow Ruth to stay in the country. After more than 63 years, the union is likely the longest-lasting marriage the rabbi ever performed.