Hugo and Lis Kahn have been married for 25 years. They were both married before to wonderful spouses who passed away, but left each with wonderful children: Lis has four girls and Hugo has three girls – all very accomplished. Lis and Hugo were happy raising their children and being productive in their work, Lis as a nurse and a lawyer, and Hugo as the president of Krauss.
They met at a bar mitzvah in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Ten months later they finally met in New Orleans. When Lis moved to New Orleans they began to date, and after two years decided to get married! Hugo’s favorite saying is “Man plans and God laughs. God laughs and man plans.”
They have had three major celebrations since they have been married: their wedding, a copper anniversary (which is after 12 and I/2 years of marriage) and a 25th anniversary party, which they celebrated last March. Each event had at least 350 people invited, and friends came from all over the world: Denmark (where Lis is from), Germany (where Hugo was born), Miami, Florida, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Israel, Omaha, New Orleans and more.
Their wedding was held at Tikvat Shalom Synagogue – now Shir Chadash – (both Lis and Hugo are past presidents). The rehearsal dinner was at the Plimsoll Club and the reception at the Double Tree Hotel, complete with dinner and dancing. The Sunday brunch after the wedding was held at Krauss. Guests were served a beautiful brunch complete with lox, bagels and champagne at the lunch counter. Quite a great surprise! They honeymooned in Destin, Florida.
Their copper anniversary was celebrated at the Fairmont Hotel and Lis’ cousin came in to help her decorate. To celebrate 12 and 1/2 years, you could only have one-half of an arch for the chuppah. So, they bought a full arch at Home Depot, took it to Krauss and had it cut in half and used it decorated, of course for the ceremony.
Their 25th anniversary was held at the Sheridan Hotel – of course, they had a full arch for their chuppah.!
Lis and Hugo are happily married and enjoying helping the community in so many ways. How lucky we are to have them in our incredible city!