Weddings for Poor Couples
On of the noblest forms of tzedakah is known as “Hachnosas Kallah”, ushering in a poor bride. Helping a poor young couple celebrate a proper wedding without having to assume a crushing debt burden is a very special mitzvah indeed.
The Gutnick & Hadar Wedding Halls
Each year, Colel Chabad’s twin Gutnick and Hadar Wedding Halls in Jerusalem provide subsidized weddings for 440 couples, as there are 220 days a year on the Jewish calendar on which weddings are permissible. Most of these couples are children of orphaned families, large families, or both.
The luxurious Gutnick and Hadar Wedding Halls of Colel Chabad are indistinguishable from the banquet facilities at fine hotels and private catering establishments. Here, even the poorest families can have joyous celebrations that will leave them with happy memories, rather than saddled with insurmountable debt.
Parenthetically, the inauguration of the Gutnick and Hadar Wedding Halls resulted in a market-wide reduction in the cost of weddings, a true boon to thousands of families every year who can barely afford to marry off their children.
The Lowenthal Mobile Catering Truck
Colel Chabad’s Lowenthal Catering Truck is a mobile catering facility that includes everything but the venue. Food, refrigeration, cooking stoves, tables, linens, chairs, dishes and flatware are all trucked to rural communities in order to provide wedding celebrations for the poor.