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חופות חופות

“Chuppot” is part of “Hashgacha Pratit”, an independent rabbinic-halachic organization. Our aim is to provide wedding ceremonies for couples who are interested in a wedding in accordance with Jewish law, yet are forced to get married without the authorization of the Chief Rabbinate – or choose to do so. Our representatives direct and advise each couple while recognizing their unique point of view and taking into account how they envision their wedding ceremony.

Our belief is that every Jewish couple in Israel should be permitted to stand under the chuppa in accordance with the laws of Moses and Israel. Our organization is designed to allow freedom and responsible choices for those who are discriminated against by the Chief Rabbinate, which creates unnecessary, unreasonable and unjustified difficulties for new immigrants, veterans, and converts to Judaism. All our activities are performed with absolute commitment to halacha and within the boundaries of Orthodox Judaism.

 

WHO ARE WE?

“Hashgacha Pratit” is an organization that challenges the monopoly of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel through the provision of private religious services. The organization was established in Jerusalem in 2012 by Rabbi Aaron Leibowitz, and successfully led the struggle to open the kosher food market in Israel to competition. In March 2018, our kashrut division moved to Tzohar Food Supervision, and “Hashgacha Pratit” branched out to focus on weddings independent of the Chief Rabbinate.

Seven Steps to the Chuppa

You have decided to get married

Mazal Tov. You must have made your parents happy!

Contact “Chuppot”

You can contact us through our website, email, Facebook, WhatsApp, by phone or pigeon mail. No faxes thank you.

It’s great to meet you

a video call with a “Chuppot” representative: we’ll explain the various tracks and the legal and halakhic aspects. If you have a special story or issues that need to be made clearer, this is the time to open up.

It's a sign

the prenuptial agreement is signed in the presence of a lawyer, and the bride and groom both sign an affidavit for common-law spouses.

Finding the right person to conduct the chuppa

we find someone (male or female) to conduct your chuppa according to your preferences and needs.

Meet the Rabbi

we go over the ceremony together and suit it to your needs and preferences, within the framework of the halacha.

The ceremony

The rabbi will arrive at the wedding half an hour before the ceremony is due to begin, will ensure that the ketuba is properly written and will then officiate at the ceremony. Mazal Tov!

 
The Ceremony
Marriage Registration at the Chief Rabbinate
Prenuptial agreement to prevent Get refusal
Stipulation in the marriage agreement to prevent aginut
Halachic instruction for the bride
Gender Sensitivity
Who performs the ceremony?
For the couple
WITHOUT
Obligatory
Obligatory
Only if you want it
Certainly
A rabbi or a female teacher of Jewish law
Tzohar
With the couple
With a smile
Suggested
Non-existent in the meantime
Yes, with sensitivity
Usually try
A rabbi
Chief Rabbinate
God help the couple
Definitely
Limited and subject to approval
Non-existent
Mandatory
What’s Gender?
A rabbi
The Ceremony For the couple
Marriage Registration at the Chief Rabbinate WITHOUT
Prenuptial agreement to prevent Get refusal Obligatory
Stipulation in the marriage agreement to prevent aginut Obligatory
Halachic instruction for the bride Only if you want it
Gender Sensitivity Certainly
Who performs the ceremony? A rabbi or a female teacher of Jewish law
The Ceremony With the couple
Marriage Registration at the Chief Rabbinate With a smile
Prenuptial agreement to prevent Get refusal Suggested
Stipulation in the marriage agreement to prevent aginut Non-existent in the meantime
Halachic instruction for the bride Yes, with sensitivity
Gender Sensitivity Usually try
Who performs the ceremony? A rabbi
The Ceremony God help the couple
Marriage Registration at the Chief Rabbinate Definitely
Prenuptial agreement to prevent Get refusal Limited and subject to approval
Stipulation in the marriage agreement to prevent aginut Non-existent
Halachic instruction for the bride Mandatory
Gender Sensitivity What’s Gender?
Who performs the ceremony? A rabbi

Frequently Asked Questions

  • (HEB) איך זה עובד אצלכם ואיך מתחילים את התהליך?

    (HEB) תשובה מפורטת לשאלה “איך זה עובד אצלנו?” ניתן למצוא במדריך המלא לזוגות. אם מה שאנחנו עושים זה גם מה שאתם מחפשים, הצעד הבא שלכם הוא למלא את הטופס המקוון “בואו נתחיל!” הנמצא בתפריט למעלה, ואנחנו נשמח מאוד ליצור איתכם קשר לתיאום פגישת היכרות (שתיערך לבחירתכם במשרדים שלנו בירושלים או באמצעות שיחת ודיאו).

  • Is there really a law that seeks to impose two years' imprisonment on those who marry or officiate at weddings without registration with the Rabbinate?

    Yes. The relevant legal reference appears in Section 7 of the Marriage and Divorce Ordinance, according to which: “Anyone who does not ensure the registration of his marriage or divorce, or of a marriage or divorce he has arranged for another, shall be liable for two years imprisonment.”

  • Will the state authorities recognize marriages under your authority?

    Couples who marry through “Chuppot” can be recognized as “common-law spouses” and will be entitled to most of the rights to which married couples are entitled, but in the meantime they will not be recognized as legally married according to Israeli law.

  • Is your activity carried out within the framework of halacha?

    Definitely. All the rabbinical activities within the framework of “Chuppot” are according to Halacha and are performed without breaching halachic boundaries. At the same time, halachic discretion is exercised by the rabbis and those conducting the ceremony; they recognize, among other things, the uniqueness of each couple – including how they intend their wedding ceremony to be conducted.

  • Will couples be obligated to sign agreements and documents in order to marry through "Chuppot"? If so, why?

    Those who request to hold a chuppa under our auspices will be required to sign a bride-groom’s affidavit (intended to prevent cases of bigamy and ensure eligibility to marry); a pre-nuptial contract for a just and fair marriage (worded by the “Merkaz Tzedek LeNashim” – the Center for Women’s Justice) which is designed to prevent cases of refusal to give a get and of extortion by one of the sides; a condition in the kiddushin (a halakhic tool to prevent aginut in extreme cases); and a commitment to “Chuppot” that if the couple decides on a divorce, they will divorce according to halacha (to prevent cases of mamzerut – illegitimacy). All legal documents will be supplied by “Chuppot” and will be signed in the presence of a lawyer.

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