Williamsburg, NY - Satmar to Open Subsidized Wedding Hall
Williamsburg, NY - The Satmar Rebbe Rabbi Zalman Teitelbaum interrupted his vacation in the Catskills to take part in a mezuzah-posting ceremony last week at Pardes Feige, a wedding hall in Williamsburg designed to lighten the enormous financial load on parents marrying off their children, and tonight local residents will be streaming into the hall for a dinner to benefit the Satmar tzedokoh fund, Tov Vechessed.
Only a small group of askonim and community leaders were invited to the mezuzah-posting event, along with Rav Eliezer Kestenbaum and his family. Rav Kestenbaum, who agreed to the Rebbe’s request to fund the construction costs, is well known for his philanthropic work, including the construction of the Satmar residential buildings in Jerusalem’s Ezras Torah neighborhood and serving as Nossi of Kollel Damesek Eliezer.
The finishing touches are now being put in place at the wedding hall to prepare for the first chassunoh, which is scheduled to take place later this week. The hall is completely booked through Pesach.
Another subsidized wedding hall, Pardes Tzvi, is under construction at the same site, the enormous Brochoh Simoh building, which houses a girls’ school.
The initiative follows in the footsteps of the Rebbe’s father, the Berech Moshe zt”l, who introduced various takanos to reduce the cost of hosting simchos. At the new halls a complete wedding package including music, entertainment, flowers and photographers will cost less than $10,000.
The move toward less extravagant weddings is also in keeping with the example set by the Rebbe’s brother, HaRav Aharon Teitelbaum of Kiryas Yoel, who instituted wedding guidelines two years ago that are now followed by thousands of Chassidim in New York and other locations around the world.
All photos credit to: אתרוג
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