In the presence of Chief Rabbi Rishon LeZion Hagaon Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef shlita, Hagaon Rabbi Reuven Elbaz shlita, Members of Knesset, public officials, deputy mayors and city council members
Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef shlita: “Chasdei Naomi has been active for years to help and assist any case that crosses their path, regardless of the effort or financial cost.” Rabbi Yosef Cohen, director of Chasdei Naomi: “I am grateful to God, blessed be He, that we have been privileged to open our sixth hall, enabling us to help more and more families marry off their children without sinking into debt.”
In a very impressive ceremony the “Armonot Chen” Hall was dedicated in Jerusalem.
The opening of the new hall, in addition to the five facilities already located in Bnei Brak, will enable Jerusalem residents to hold respectable family affairs at cost and allow orphans to marry without having to pay for a wedding hall.
Honoring the assembly with his presence was the Chief Rabbi Rishon LeZion Hagaon Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef shlita, who was given the honor of affixing the mezuzah to the building’s main entrance.
Rabbi Yosef expressed his joy at the opening of this new hall and the tremendous appreciation he has felt for years towards Chasdei Naomi and its director, Rabbi Yosef Cohen. The Chief Rabbi mentioned how much his late father valued and admired Chasdei Naomi, which has never refrained from offering aid and assistance.
Hagaon Rabbi Reuven Elbaz was also in attendance, and with great emotion he blessed Rabbi Yosef Cohen, the organization’s leaders, the hall’s managers and the many volunteers who work day and night to help and aid the needy.
In his remarks, Rabbi Elbaz spoke about Rabbi Yosef Cohen’s great merit in marrying so many young couples so they would not have to bear the economic burden.
Knesset Members Rabbi Yisrael Eichler and Rabbi Meshulam Nahari participated in the event, and expressed great admiration for the activities of Armonot Chen and Chasdei Naomi. Rabbi Eichler also quoted homilies from Chazal praising the virtue of the wonderful charitable works carried out by Rabbi Yosef Cohen and Chasdei Naomi.
Rabbi Yosef Cohen was full of emotion when he expressed his thanks to well-wishers and participants, noting that after the many years in which the five Armonot Chen halls were active in Bnei Brak and the thousands of weddings that have taken place, he understood the need to open another such hall.
Rabbi Yisrael France, who has been part of Chasdei Naomi for years gladdening people’s hearts, also graced the evening with his pleasant and mellifluous voice.
“Just in the last year,” Rabbi Cohen noted, “we conducted more than 8,000 weddings in the Armonot Chen halls, 123 of which were for orphans who were given the hall free of charge.”
Also participating in the event were Deputy and Assistant Mayor Rabbi Yosef Dietsch, Jerusalem City Council member Rabbi Yitzhak Pindrus, and Mr. Avraham Hoffman, chairperson of the Jerusalem Volunteer Organizations, along with other public officials and journalists.