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Keren Simchas Chosson V'Kallah

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: To assist needy individuals by providing all necessities for their wedding. This includes wedding clothes, prenuptial parties, band, hall, caterer, flowers, etc. in addition, to provide furniture and other items necessary to initially set up a home.

Geographic areas served: all over the world

Programs: Assited over 527 needy individuals by providing all neccesities for their wedding. This includes wedding cltohes, prenuptial parties, caterers, band, hall, flowers, etc. Also provided furniture and other items needed to initially set up a home.

Community Stories

220 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Dear People:
Though we are living here in the USA, we are poor. Our son in Israel will remarry soon, but he has no money. We have to gather about $4,000 for clothing and wedding expenses. We cannot give him money, because we don’t have it. We don’t want to come to the wedding, because we don’t have the money for the tickets. If we would have that kind of money, we would happily give it to our son for his wedding. Maybe you could help us, even if only for a little bit?

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I got married in 2005, my parents did not have money to help with the wedding to much and my in laws had only a bit set aside and much of that was used for them to get to the wedding from out of the country. DB helped us every step of the way. I must say as a child seeing her at weddings I was scared of her, but after my own wedding, and after the weddings of some of my siblings I'm only in awe! When she is firm with ppl. it is because she needs to be in order to make the wedding run smoothly! DB THANK YOU!

1 brummom

Donor

Rating: 5

I have learned from personal experience that the admin of KSCVK are honest....to say the least, and they are loving, caring and desiring to make a difference with what they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

before our first child (daughter)became engaged, we discovered that we were victims of a scam involving all the money we had saved towards our children's wedding/s. Devorah found out about it (since we live in the same neighborhood) and contacted me. She helped us out with all necessary expenses which we could not deal with at that point. We did give her money back at a later date, but she did not expect that, and was willing to help us in any way she could. She saved us in our situation, we didnt know what else we would do

1 RaizelZ

Client Served

Rating: 5

Keren Simchas Chosson V"kallah is an amazing organization. They help brides prepare for their wedding day so they will be able to relax and get ready for the rest of their lives in a happy mind frame.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

Devorah is always helping someone at their wedding or before. When my sister in law was engaged, about a year and a half ago, she helped raise money to cover many expenses that she had for her wedding, and made her feel special by buying her things just for her that she needed as well. Thank you Devorah!

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Client Served

Rating: 1

D.B. made my daughter's wedding a living H-ll. She was continually trying to get money out of me, and she knew I had none. Every couple of days my daughter would call me, weeping, because D.B. had told her that something else had to go - like flowers, music, etc. I can't agree that my role was client served. It was more like being shoved into a scam. Meanwhile, why are these young women being shoved into bad marriages?!!

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

When we got married, 36 years ago, it was a "hole in the wall" affair, Crown Heights had no organization that offered a hall, flowers, band, caterer. I was deliriously happy with my husband but bereft of all the simchas choson v kallah I'd dreamed about. Now, everytime I go to one of KSCVK's weddings, I think Hashem and the Benjamins for the proper setting for these 2 jewels.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had limited funds and this was our first wedding. In addition the wedding was in Brooklyn, we live in Pittsburgh. We were very anxious, which is not the way one should celebrate one's child's wedding. After sitting with Devora Benjamin at breakfast, we came away feeling completely comfortable that we can do this with joy and bottom line be able to afford such a milestone event in our child's life. We have more children after this and feel confident that she will be there to help us then as well. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Our community and beyond knows that KSCVK is there to offer advice support, practical help both monetarily and emotionally because they recognize the challenges one faces in planning a wedding. They care about every detail involved because they see each person who comes to them as individuals with their own unique needs. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff of behalf of reviewer)

1

Donor

Rating: 5

So many young people need a proper start in married life and have no family support. KSCVK is like the most supportive family, mentor, and best friend rolled into one! (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This wonderful organization helped and helps many many young couples, helps them to arrange and pay for their wedding and establish their first home. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

1

Donor

Rating: 5

As a sales girl in a store I witnessed Devorah help an orphan bride purchase clothing for her wedding. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

1

Donor

Rating: 5

As a Rabbi's wife I have seen my congregants benefit from this organization (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've seen Devorah's work with friends and acquaintances but when my sister got engaged I really got to experience all the hard work Devorah does. She led us step by step and helped us in every area. My sister went from extremely worried to a happy confident bride. My family and I are truly grateful to Devorah for all her hard work and financial aid. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

1

Donor

Rating: 5

We were introduced to this organization over 8 years ago. Everyone we've met gives of themselves whole heartly. Almost every dollar collected is used to cover wedding related expenses. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have an old family friend without a father and was having a hard time finding a shidduch when Baruch Hashem he found his Bashert Devorah Benjamin completely planned the wedding from A-Z. She went above and beyond. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Hi I am Mushky Benjamin, my mom is Devorah Benjamin. So living with her and seeing all the amazing work she does is truly amazing. My mom does so much for the world, one thing my mom will never say is no! (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of the reviewer)

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am Mrs. Benjamin's andlord and I see the constant people coming to her home @ all hours of the day and she helps them all. Her home is open to any are in need. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Devora Benjamin is a real hero and a true angel. At a time when we are scrambling to make an engagement party she moves in and takes over and all you are left with is a beautiful affair for an incredibly economical cost. She is helping me to put together the wedding with the same spirit. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

!0 years ago when I was getting married Mrs. Benjamin was extremely helpful resource for my husband and I who were both from out of town with no family in NY. This year my sister is getting married in Boston, MA and again Mrs. Benjamin was instrumental in that wedding as well! Her events are truly entertaining as well! (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Devora helped me with so much advice about everything. Where to shop, what to get, how much to spend on the gifts to the bride, on wedding items etc. etc. etc. everything. She was always available, so helpful for free - she also was at the wedding making sure everything ran smoothly and on time. She didn't want to take any money although we gave her a token of appreciation. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It was the wedding of my brother and my family is from out of town and my mother had no one to turn to so she called KSCVK and Devorah and her team help us so much it was amazing. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a single mother of 7. I lived in Israel 28 yrs and needed help when I married off my daughter. I wouldn't been able to do it without Devora Benjamin's help. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Devora Benjamin handled EVERYTHING from top to bottom - On time! Unreal - she was organized, friendly, courteous, and made us feel at ease during everything! (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a make-up artist that often work with this organization (offering special rates!) so I am present from the beginning of the day until the start of the reception. I saw anything taken care of ranging from emergency repair of the bride gown zipper; parents of brides and groom often coming from out of town and unfamiliar with the surroundings getting suddenly sick a few hours before the wedding and having to be taken to local physician for emergency treatment; enabling to be present to the wedding; brides and grooms with split families not even talking to each other brought all together for the sake of the bride and groom... (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

when i was in college i worked as a photography assent and a lot of the weeding i worked at wore from people that Devora was helping with and i could see that at each event she would put her soul in to each and every weeding she would do from the when the bride proposed the the groom until the honeymooners want home.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

devorah is so knowledgeable and helpful and most of all so very KIND! She is completely committed to what she does in her wedding planning and sponsoring for those who can't afford.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Devorah made my brother in laws wedding!! she helped with all the arranging to create a stress free engagemensta dn organized the wedding as well.Not only that, but she paid for so many expenses like caterer and musicain. We are all in awe of her!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Devorah made my wedding possible. As an out of towner with little support she helped put together the funds and the details of my wedding. My engagement experience was so calm and stressfree all thanks to her and the wonderful work her organization does!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a teenager, I was involved with the KSCVK organization as a volunteer. I have allways found the work Devorah and her staff do unbelievable! I didn't realize the extent of her amazing work until I myself got engaged. I am the youngest of a large family. My parents did not have the funds to pay for the "brides" portion of the festivities. My husband is from california, therefore, his family did not know anything about making a wedding in New York. Devora took care of our engagement party and our wedding with great attention to every detail. She made the splitting of the funds that both sides respectively are responsible for go smoothly... even though my portion was being funded by the organization. She ran the wedding superbly. Also, the fact that it was a service being provided out of charity, was not noticable at all!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

with a son-in-law who just became an orphan & our finances down the drain, Devorah helped us not only financially, but also with directions and contacts to make the wedding a beautiful and not-to-stressful experience. she had suggestions and information for the special needs of some of the guests, expalined the best for the financial situation and supplied for most all of the finances that either side were unable to. (i don't know how she was able to do it, but i am glad that she did) she was there and hands on from the beginning until the cleaning crew. we can't thank her enough May G-d bless her & her family for all the self-sacrifice she continues to do!! i hope & wish i will be financially able to support her work.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Devorah Benjamin helped with our son and now daughter-in-law's lechayim and wedding. We are not frum and are from out of town so were advised to turn to Devorah for help and advice. She made all the planning so easy and painless and recommended trusted vendors who were able to give us discounted pricing. No matter how busy Devorah was, she always returned phone calls and e-mails immediately (often during a wedding where she was working) to answer our questions and offer assurance. No question was ever too silly, no worry was ever too trivial - she addressed them all patiently. Devorah works tirelessly and selflessly and despite the many demands on her time, she always made us feel like we were her only concern. At our children's wedding, she was coordinator, traffic cop, personal assistant, advisor, consultant, friend, and angel. Thanks to Devorah, their wedding went off without a hitch - everything was beautiful and none of our guests would have known where she was able to shave costs. Thank you Devorah, we are indebted to you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Devorah's organization, KSCVK is absolutely unbelievable! Almost every penny goes right to helping men and women through one of the most important milestones in their lives- their wedding day. This not only helps brides personally, but ensures the future of our Jewish nation - one couple at a time. Devorah is one of the most dedicated, hardworking person I know. She puts all her energy into helping others. Personally, I encountered KSVK during my engagement. Thank God my parents were able to throw a beautiful party for us, but there were times as a young bride when I needed a certain number, or just a listening ear and KSVK was there for me. It's truly more than an organization- its her goal in life! ANY couple in need, whether in need financially or just in need of advice and moral support- KSVK is there.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thirteen years ago my daughter became engaged. I lived in CA and my daughter was in Canada and someone told me about Keren Simchas (Devorah Benjamin). I had no idea how I was going to make a wedding for my daughter and here was this organization who not only helped out financially, but the planning as well. Devorah kept in touch with me from start to finish! Over the years I have seen her do the same for hundreds of brides.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer, helping the organization raise money to help brides and grooms in need of help and support for their wedding!

13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got married 5 months, I am from over seas and my parents were only here for the wedding , Devorah was my everything - every couple of days she would call me up to see how I was doing, where she could help me , and how I was feeling , I really dont know if I would have been able to get married in NY without Devorah ! thank you Devorah!