July 25, 2024

The Torah places special emphasis on widows and orphans.

Which is why they are our #1 priority

Weddings for Orphan Brides and Grooms

As exciting as planning a wedding can be, it isn’t always an affordable endeavor. The cost of even a modest affair can be debt-inducing for poor brides and grooms. Colel Chabad is known among Jewish charities in Israel for its direct aid to couples in need. 

Our Weddings for Orphans program, part of our Widows and Orphans initiatives, provides disadvantaged young people with a solid start in life with as much of the traditional fanfare and joy associated with marriage.

How Colel Chabad Helps Orphaned Brides and Grooms

Hachnosas Kallah – helping a poor bride get married – is a time-honored mitzvah. But when poor brides and grooms are orphans, it’s not just a mitzvah—it’s an obligation. 

One of few Israeli charity organizations to recognize the need for this type of assistance, Colel Chabad’s Weddings for Orphans program is designed to ensure these couples receive the same level of support as their peers.

Through our Keren Simchas Moshe charitable programs, we cover the costs associated with the wedding, including rent for a hall or synagogue, catering services, and even clothing. Colel Chabad also sets newlyweds up with furniture, linens, dishes, pots, pans, and anything else they might need to begin their life together.

What We’ve Accomplished So Far

Colel Chabad is proud to be the oldest Jewish organization of its kind in all of Israel. Chabad and Tzedakah donation programs, alongside many other community-driven, non-profit initiatives, have enabled us to serve the disadvantaged for decades. 

Our work with orphaned grooms and brides has been particularly successful.

In 2020 alone, Colel Chabad set up 201 weddings for: 

  • 100 orphaned grooms
  • 89 orphaned brides
  • 12 couples who had both lost their parents
  • 122 widows 
  • 68 widowers


These weddings provided the necessary social resources for the couples to start a life together and set them up financially to have a head start on their lives as newlyweds.

Donate to Israel’s Most Impactful Jewish Charity

As a charity for Israel and its people, Colel Chabad doesn’t just donate to the poor in Israel. We also work to break the cycle of poverty and provide hope for a brighter future. Your donation will help us continue our mission of assisting in many ways, including weddings for orphans. We believe every person should have an opportunity to experience their own Simcha, and thanks to your generous online donations, we can provide just that.

Donate to Jews in need by donating to Colel Chabad today.

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