That's a different experience from living in a northeast Calgary community. Jarred is like, 'Shaaz, I think they know you.' Just stop pointing, they don't know me.No, they are staring at us," she said with a smile."I posted pictures on Facebook and my mom said, 'Who is that girl you are with? "Days before my wedding to Jarred, she tells me about this guy who was interested in getting married," the 29-year-old said with a laugh."She was trying to set me up just days before my marriage.It ended up being "culturally" Jewish, performed by a cantor with Bollywood dancers to honour Shaaz's background as they couldn't find an imam who would participate."I would have loved to have had an imam and a rabbi.That would have been really nice but we couldn't do it," Jarred explained.
He will still in my friend zone, not more than that. "At the same my mom was trying to fix me up with some of the [Muslim] guys who were living in the U. at that time." As the relationship got more serious, the couple decided to tell their parents. She goes, 'That's OK, she is pretty.' Within the Jewish community, it is kind of emphasized that you try and marry somebody who is Jewish." Shaaz's mother had a different reaction, at first. It is just that she has not been exposed to these kinds of things." Shaaz says her mom stopped talking to her for a couple of months and when they did reconnect, her mom continued offering Shaaz other marital options.Shaaz says this prompted some very specific questions that came out of left field."He was like, 'Would you be open to marrying somebody who is not a Muslim?She was like, 'My job is to tell you so that if in the future you have regrets, you should not blame your mother.'" Jarred and Shaaz Jusko Friedman, left, never considered marrying outside of their respective faiths — until they met each other. (Shiri Shapiro/Focus Studios) The couple married July 3, 2016, in Toronto.They did their best to make it an interfaith wedding, but it wasn't easy.
A few months after the first meeting, Jarred was visiting his family in Toronto, which usually involved his mother trying to set him up with a nice Jewish girl.