“The purpose of marriage is growth… and the more challenging one’s marriage – the greater the possibilities of growth!” (Rabbi Zelig Pliskin)

 

Every Jewish wedding in the formerSoviet Unionis a milestone for the local community. Not very long ago, only ten weddings a year were performed inUkraine’s third largest city before a rabbi and under a Chuppah (traditional Jewish wedding canopy). Today, the trend has been reversed, thanks primarily to the efforts of the Federation and its partners.

The Moscow Marriage Club has arranged more than 150 Jewish marriages;Dnepropetrovsk, for example, boasts a carefully monitored web site for singles; and the FJC’s Wedding Fund pays for wedding dinners, music and clothes for financially disadvantaged brides and grooms.

The Federation’s wedding services help verify aspects of Jewish law, examine supporting documents, and refer couples to experts who instruct them on the various aspects of Jewish marriage traditions and customs.