The Hebrew word for marriage is Kiddushin, from the same root as Kadosh, meaning “holy.”
From having an Auf Ruf on Shabbat morning to having one of our clergy officiate your marriage ceremony, we look forward to the opportunity of sharing in your simcha.
All couples meet with the Rabbi twice before the wedding; ideally once about 9-12 months before the wedding, and again about 6-8 weeks before.
Typically, the Shabbat prior to the wedding ceremony the couple is called to the Torah for an Aliyah and blessing.
Every legal procedure in Jewish life is confirmed by at least two “kosher” witnesses. These witnesses should not be of the immediate family. All Jewish documents must bear the signatures of two kosher witnesses. The witnesses have to witness three events during the wedding:
- The giving of a ring by the Chatan to the Kallah (the exchange of value);
- The handing over of the Ketubah (marriage contact) to the bride;
- And after the Chupah, the bride and groom go to a private room where they break their fast.