The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHAR­LOTTE OLIVER

YAEL MASSIAS thought she was at­tend­ing a Wizo Aviv fashion show at Mill Hill Syn­a­gogue to sup­port her boyfriend Bar Kon­visser, who was modelling at the event.

But Mr Kon­visser had a sur­prise in store for her and the 250 guests. Mo­ments be­fore the end of the show, he called her up on stage, got down on bended knee and asked her to marry him. To the re­lief and joy of ev­ery­one in the room, she said yes.

“When he first an­nounced my name, I was so ner­vous be­cause I don’t like peo­ple look­ing at me,” said Ms Massias, 23. “But it meant so much to me as my grand­mother is pres­i­dent of Wizo in Gi­bral­tar. And it’s amaz­ing for a man to do this in front of a fe­male char­ity.”

Mr Kon­visser, 25, had orig­i­nally in­tended to pro­pose dur­ing a heli­copter ride. But af­ter sign­ing up to ap­pear in the fashion show, he saw it as “an op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing we will re­mem­ber for­ever”.

Although his fam­ily were in the au­di­ence, he re­vealed his plans only to Ronit Ribak, the chair of Wizo Aviv.

The north Lon­don-based couple have been to­gether for a year, hav­ing met through Mr Kon­visser’s job as a mar­tial arts teacher. They plan to marry in 2018 in their na­tive Is­rael.

Wizo’s Emma Yantin said the char­ity was happy to play cupid. “Our logo is all about chang­ing lives and build­ing fu­tures so this fits per­fectly,” she said.

“Ev­ery­one was cheer­ing and clap­ping. It brought tears to peo­ple’s eyes.”


Bar Kon­visser pops the ques­tion — and

(right) the happy couple af­ter­wards

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