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The Wedding Plan

The Wedding Plan is a 2016 Israeli film written and directed by Rama Burshtein titled Through the Wall. The film premiered at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival in the Horizons section, it won the Best Actress award in the category Israeli Feature Films at the Haifa International Film Festival 2016. It opened in the U. S. on May 12, 2017, to positive reviews. Michal is an unwed Orthodox Jewish woman in her early 30s. After over a decade of unsuccessful matches, Michal goes to a fortune teller and admits she wants to love and be loved; the woman tells Michal that her dreams will come true, tells Michal that her son, runs a wedding hall in Jerusalem promising her a discount if she marries there. Sometime Michal and her husband-to-be, are at the tasting for their wedding. Sensing his discomfort Michal asks her fiancé to tell her what's wrong and he confesses that he doesn't love her, she decides to break off the engagement. After talking to her family and realizing that she cannot go through another decade of uncertainty, Michal decides to go through with renting the hall and to continue to prepare for her marriage as planned without her original fiancé, leaving it up to God to decide on a groom.

Michal goes on a series of unsuccessful dates: first with a man who has taken a vow not to look at anyone, not his wife, next with a deaf man who becomes angered that she only agreed to see him after falling into despair, he senses she is flirting with his sign language interpreter. Michal makes the pilgrimage to the grave of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov where she is overcome with grief and cries aloud that she cannot feel God; the grave of Rabbi Nachman where she has been praying is separated between men and women, a man on the other side of the barrier overhears Michal and asks her if she is alright. The man reveals himself outside the grave to be an Israeli pop star who Michal is a fan of. During their conversation Michal reveals that she is planning to get married on the last day of Hanukkah but has yet to find a groom and invites Yoss to her wedding. On her return from her trip Yoss surprises Michal by dropping by her apartment unannounced, again asks her to marry him, but Michal rejects him, believing that he is not serious.

As the date of her wedding approaches and no groom presents himself she begins to panic after more bad dates and tries to reconnect with Yoss proposing to him, but he kindly rejects her. The night before her wedding Michal is filled with conflicting emotions as her mother doubts her yet her sister and friends begin to have faith; the wedding party travels to the wedding hall where the guests wait in discomfort for something to happen. Shimi appears and asks Michal to marry him. Believing that she is hallucinating and that Shimi is only acting out of pity, Michal agrees to marry Shimi after he reminds her of the first time they met. Official website "Trailer: The Wedding Plan 2017"; the Wedding Plan on IMDb "Through the Wall". Haifa International Film Festival. "Review: She's Got'The Wedding Plan' With A Groom TBD". New York Times

Connoquenessing Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania

Connoquenessing Township is a township in Butler County, United States. The population was 4,170 at the 2010 census. Connoquenessing is known as the area in which George Washington was famously shot at by his French Indian guide. On, 27 December 1753 just past Muthering Town a Native American allied with the French joined Washington and Gist as a guide; the French Indian behavior became wearisome to Gist. As the party was approaching a clearing the Indian stopped, turned on Washington and Gist and fired his musket! What could have been a fatal shot was taken no more than 15 steps away, missing both, they released him 9 o'clock that evening. They built a fire as if staying for first light, but Washington and Gist continued on throughout the night on the Venango trail. Certain the French Indian would follow their tracks at day break, they thought it best to get a head start. How different American History would be if the Indian had connected with that musket shot. A monument pillar stands at the Connoquenessing Municipal building dedicated to this incident.

The township was linked to Butler, Evans City and Pittsburgh in 1908 by the Pittsburgh, Harmony and New Castle Railway, an interurban trolley line. The line closed on 15 June 1931, the trolleys were replaced by buses. Connoquenessing Township is located in west-central Butler County, on the western edge of Butler Township and just west of the city of Butler, the county seat; the borough of Connoquenessing borders the township on the south, the borough of Prospect borders it on the north. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 22.7 square miles, of which 0.008 square miles, or 0.04%, is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 3,653 people, 1,386 households, 1,056 families residing in the township; the population density was 162.7 people per square mile. There were 1,458 housing units at an average density of 64.9/sq mi. The racial makeup of the township was 99.10% White, 0.11% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, 0.25% from two or more races.

Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.47% of the population. There were 1,386 households, out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.7% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 23.8% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals, 6.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.06. In the township the population was spread out, with 26.1% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, 10.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 102.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.6 males. The median income for a household in the township was $41,060, the median income for a family was $45,429. Males had a median income of $36,696 versus $27,460 for females; the per capita income for the township was $19,502.

About 5.7% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.5% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over. Connoquenessing Township official website Early Connoquenessing Township history