Although the bureaucracy involved in registering to marry in Israel can seem daunting for foreign residents, ITIM can help with the paperwork and save you time and stress. Over the years ITIM has established a good working relationship with the Wedding Registrar of the Jerusalem Religious Council, and we can help simplify the process.
If interested, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What we can do for you:
• Explain the registration procedure and the documents you must submit.
• Submit your rabbi’s certification to the Jerusalem Chief Rabbinate so that he may officiate, or find an approved English-speaking rabbi in Israel.
• Translate your documents to Hebrew.
• Collect your documents and submit your file to the Wedding Registrar.
• Advocate on your behalf to secure approval of your application.
• Send you your government-issued marriage certificate after it will have been issued by the Ministry for Religious Affairs.
• Maintain ongoing email contact to answer your questions during the entire process.
If you email or fax us your documents, we will work to have your application pre-approved while you are still abroad. Assuming we are successful (and our success rate is excellent), all you will have to do after arriving in Israel is visit the Wedding Registrar’s office, show him the originals of your documents, and sign your application. You will then be given two copies of your ketuba (marriage contract) and that’s all the paperwork you need before the wedding!
Is there a cost?
ITIM is a not-for-profit Israeli amuta that advises thousands of individuals when they encounter the offices of the political/religious establishment in Israel (for weddings, conversions, funerals, divorce, etc.). The vast majority of those individuals cannot afford the legal help they often need. We advise them free of charge. If you will have benefited from our service, and can dedicate $250 or more of your overall wedding expenses to be a donation to enable us to help those less fortunate in their times of crisis, we will be most grateful. (Such a donation would not include a mandatory 600 sheqel registration fee paid to the Religious Council, optional translation-notarization fees of the Marriage Certificate, or payment you may choose to make to an officiating rabbi.)
Our goal is to help you take care of the pre-ceremony bureaucracy, so that you can concentrate on the truly important preparations for your wedding and marriage.