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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!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does your initiative work, and how can we begin the process?

    A detailed answer to the question “How does this all work?” can be found in our Complete Guide for Couples. If what we offer is what you are seeking, your next step is to fill out the digital form “I DO!” that can be found in the menu above, and we’ll be happy to contact you to set up an initial meeting. (This can take place either in our Jerusalem offices or virtually, as you wish.)

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • מה המשמעות של חתונה יהודית אם המדינה לא מכירה בה?

    לבחור להתחתן כהלכה זו בחירה במסורת ובזהות היהודית, ממש כפי שעשו סבינו וסבתותינו בעבר, בכל מקום ממנו הגיעו. החתונה בחופות היא חתונה יהודית הלכתית לכל דבר ועניין, אבל לצערנו מדינת ישראל לא מכירה בחתונה אצלנו לצורך שינוי המעמד האישי ברישום האוכלוסין (כלומר מ׳רווק׳ ל׳נשוי׳ וכדומה).
    הזוגות שלנו בוחרים האם להירשם במשרד הפנים על סמך חתונה אזרחית בחו”ל, או האם להיות במעמד משפטי של ידועים בציבור, שכמעט זהה למעמדם של נשואים, עם מעט יותר בירוקרטיה.

  • 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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