Young girls enter Migdal Ohr often psychologically scarred. It’s a joy to see them grow up to become happy and confident young women, fully prepared to marry and raise a family filled with the warmth and stability that was lacking in their own childhoods. These women dream about their wedding day and building a home, but underneath this dream is a terrible fear – they often have little or no money to pay for the most basic wedding.
Established in 2007 and since coordinated by Board Member Fabia Preminger, Migdal Ohr's Bridal Fund helps Migdal Ohr alumni couples in Israel who do not have the means for even a modest wedding. For a $5,000 bridal sponsorship, a couple receives a full wedding which includes a wedding dress, invitations, a ceremony and reception venue, catering, and a one-man band to enhance their special day. Additionally, they are provided with financial assistance which covers rent, furniture, appliances, and various household items. There are over 150 Migdal Ohr alumni couples who get married each year, and every dollar donated to the Bridal Fund goes directly to the couple in need.
The American Friends of Migdal Ohr [AFMO] now offers chuppah tefillah cards for rental (see photos in the gallery below). If you or someone you know has a wedding coming up, please consider having these cards placed on the chairs at your ceremony. These cards offer those in attendance the prayers for prosperity, health, a long life, and finding a mate. It is customary to recite these prayers when the bride and groom are standing under the chuppah, since that moment provides a meaningful connection for prayers to be answered. These chuppah cards are available to all American supporters, with a suggested minimum donation of $500.
AFMO also offers benchers for rental that can be used for any simcha - a wedding, aufruf, sheva brachot, bris, pidyon haben, etc. The minimum suggested donation is $500 and 100% of your donation goes to support the Migdal Ohr Bridal Fund.
If you are interested in sponsoring a wedding or would like to receive Migdal Ohr's chuppah tefillah cards for your wedding or benchers for any event, please contact Beth Nussbaum at firstname.lastname@example.org.