Legalizing a Halachic Marriage in Israel
Sarah Sacks
Jan-18th, 2018 13:26
Did you get married outside Israel without registering the marriage legally? This will have ramifications when you arrive in Israel.

Your marriage must be legalized in order for you to be recognized as married in Israel. This can be an obstacle in the case of a student who wishes to add his wife to his A-2 visa with A-4 status. It is important to obtain legal documentation of marriage as soon as possible so that a visa, and ultimately Bituach Leumi, can be obtained as soon as possible.

To legalize a halachic marriage in Israel, you must apply in a beit din rabbani, a beis din that is under the jurisdiction of the Israeli Rabbinate. The beis din has the power to legalize your marriage by approving it as halachically valid. No appointment is necessary. Both spouses should be present. Come to the office, take a number and wait your turn.

Submit the following documents:

1. Kesubah (Jewish marriage contract), plus a copy

2. Passport of each spouse

3. Passport picture of each spouse

4. Original letter from mesader kedushin , in Hebrew, with all details pertaining to the marriage ceremony:

a. Location

b. Date

c. Names and birthdays of the parents of the bride and groom

d. Names and passport numbers of bride and groom

e. The fact that the marriage was conducted according to Jewish law

f. Mesader kedushin’s name, title, credentials, phone number, and original signature

5. Letters from certified Rabbis from the bride’s and groom’s hometowns stating that they are Jewish from birth. This statement may alternatively be included on the mesader kedushin’s letter, if it would make sense that he knows both spouses. The letter should include information on each spouse’s family status before marriage: single, divorced, etc.

6. Payment of approximately 250 NIS – may only be paid by Israeli credit card, no cash or checks accepted

Applications are processed and completed within 2-4 weeks of submission. Please note that every case is different and you may be asked to submit more documentation that what is listed here.

Beis Din Rabbani – Givat Shaul
Rechov Am V’Olamo 4, off Kanfei Nesharim
Sunday – Thursday: 8:30 am-1:30 pm
Fax: 02-623-2396

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