Thinking about getting married at Beth Israel Synagogue?
Firstly, Mazal Tov!
If you are visiting this page you may be recently engaged, looking for information on next steps for your marriage authorisation through Hebrew Synagogue, or maybe you know someone marrying who needs assistance. We hope once you have read the information below that everything becomes clear, however, should you have further queries, we are here to help. Please feel free to contact us.
You will need to secure the agreement of the marrying Rabbi, secure the date of the wedding at Beth Israel Synagogue AND then notify us with these details. When you secure the participation of a Rabbi please take care that your chosen Rabbi is authorised to solemnise weddings, at Beth Israel Synagogue. Membership at Beth Israel Synagogue is not required.
Beth Israel's administrator will be able to help with your wedding booking, including accommodation, the reception, travel to and from and most importantly, arranging the registrar and paperwork that is required by Beth Israel Synagogue and Hebrew Synagogue together with various membership forms to be completed (this will vary depending on whether one of you is currently a member of Hebrew Synagogue).
We are very pleased that you are considering Beth Israel Synagogue as the venue for the Chuppah and maybe your wedding reception, which we are confident will be a unique and memorable experience. Our administrator will make all of the arrangements, including supervision of catering by the Hebrew Synagogue Kashrut authority.
For every marriage, through Hebrew Synagogue, a marriage authorisation application needs to be submitted, followed by a personal marriage authorisation meeting. Before the wedding can take place, you will both (bride and groom) need to provide documentary evidence that you are Jewish and eligible to marry. Once your application has been submitted and reviewed, you will be contacted by a Rabbi to arrange a meeting with you both. This meeting forms part of the process and you will be asked to bring all original copies, from the scanned application documents to the meeting for the Senior Rabbi to verify. The marriage authorisation meeting also gives an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and to hear about Hebrew Synagogue or Beth Israel Synagogue, a very special Community we hope you will be part of for many years to come. Please be aware there is a fee of £100 for the marriage authorisation process.
Although you are marrying through the Office of the Senior Rabbi at Hebrew Synagogue, you both need to still register your marriage with the Scottish Authority for the civil records. These certificates can be arranged up to twelve months before your wedding, providing both the date and venue are confirmed.
The registrar will issue each of you with a certificate at the conclusion of the notice period (29 days). (NOTE: if either one or both of the parties are NOT an EEA national, the 29 clear days may increase to 70 clear days). For further information please check with the Scottish Authority for guidance.