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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?

1

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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2

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.

1

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)

1

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.

1

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!

20

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.

16

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.

20

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Devorah and KSCVK helped us make the chasunas for several of our children. We live very far away, and being shluchim, our finances are somewhat lacking. We would have been hard put to make the weddings without their help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

they were there for me. i didn't know where to start. she told us what to do, what we need to get... she made sure that everything got done. she helped us with some of the expenses of the wedding. once it was the day of the wedding she was there the whole time making sure that everything ran smoothly.

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization helped to relieve me of all my stress of making a wedding. They gave me advice on how to talk to the other side.

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family was going through a difficult time financially, and KSCVK helped out tremendously each step of the way to make our wedding beautiful!

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Devorah really helped me enjoy my wedding day. I didn't have to worry and my mother was able to be by my side the whole time because Devorah was taking care of all the last minute details and made sure everything went smoothly.

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Devorah Benjamin doesn't simply help needy brides and grooms with wedding expenses. She soothes anxieties, and if need be holds their hands literally and figuratively throughout the wedding preparation process, and sometimes beyond. Devorah holds the secret to stretching the dollar beyond anyone's expectations. It may seem like magic to some, but it is Devorah's tireless devotion to helping her fellow human beings, that makes it possible for an orphan, or a destitute couple to get married and to start their lives with the basic necessities that others would take for granted. Although Devorah manages to make do with so little,, more funding would allow her to help more of those in need.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Keren Simchas Chasan Ve Kallah is the most amazing organization! I constantly attend weddings of kallas that need help and time and time again kscvk comes to the rescue!!! They simply make chosson and kallahs happy and stress free on their wedding day!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Devorah Benjamin of Keren Simchas Chossen VeKalla helped me plan my wedding from the engagement party all the way through. She was amazing with my family and keeping everyone calm and everything running smoothly the day of. She has helped so many of my friends and made our wedding days truly a time that we could enjoy without having to worry about all the details- she was on it!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Devorah for many years, she has helped many friends and family members make their weddings. She has helped plan their weddings, mainly for free and has taken the majority of the burden off on the big day. She has helped classmates from England, family from the USA and friends from Israel. Her caring, love and personal attention goes beyond anyone's expectations.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although I personally have not needed to use the services of Devorah and her organization, I can tell you that I have seen first hand her tireless work and wholehearted dedication to everyone that she helps. She has often helped from start to finish - from helping the guy pay for his dates, helping with organising and paying for the l'chaim and then, of course, all the steps leading up to and throughout the whole wedding process. She is often out of the house from morning until late at night (her devoted husband and kids deserve an award too!!) and however tired she gets and however difficult it is for her to raise sufficient funds sometimes, she just keeps on going and is delighted every time she hears of a simcha she can help with.

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being a bride was one of the happiest days of my life. Unfortunately, being that my parents didn't have a lot of money, I realized that many things would have to be cut down. Then, I remembered Keren Simchas Chossen VeKallah. When my sister had gotten married, they were there every step of the way, from bridal certificates to making sure the wedding ran on time. Just like my sister, I too, had such a wonderful experience. Thank you Devorah for everything!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Keren Simchas Chosson Ve Kallah is an organization that helps poor brides and grooms get married with dignity! They don't just give money to the couple to pay for their wedding they actually get involved and plan and pay for the whole thing!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They help needy brides and grooms with everything they need to build a home together. The organization is dedicated to helping people realize their dreams by providing both emotional and physical support to reach their goal.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first met Devorah Benjamin I was so impressed with her ability to deal with the chaos around her and still be focused and calm. Her self-sacrifice is unbounding , she is always there for you with words of encouragement and helpfulness. Like a doctor on call, she will answer your call through the wee hours of the morning. The services that she provides (with her organization) are phenomanal! I highly doubt that any of us could do with out her!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have have had the opportunity to work with KSCK on several occasions, helping to set up for a wedding, or helping to decorate the hall for the yearly fundraiser. I was also lucky enough to have help from this amazing organization when my own daughter got married.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Devorah coordinated our daughter's wedding day in a superb way. She made sure that everything ran smooth and in a timely manner with a great determination. she refused any money for her services. We are very greatful to her.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Devorah helped a couple of our family members get married. without her we could not have received everything. she bought the jewelry for the kallah and helped with wedding expenses. devorah is G-D sent. there is no way our community could do it without her!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Devorah Benjamin from Keren Simchas Chossen Vekalla arranged the wedding of a friend of mine who is an orphan and had no money- She was there from the begining untill the end, she arranged the wedding in such a beautiful manner, there was nothing missing. It was a really beautiful wedding.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

KSCVK is an always there to help any chosson and kallah that needs assistance, always with a smile, encouragement and the greatest respect. Devorah makes you feel as if you are the most important person at that moment. She helps couples that are orphened, couples whose families have had disasters, and couples whose families just don't have the means. KSCVK helps the young couple enjoy the joy and happiness of preparing and making a wedding.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I got loads of financial help with all my wedding needs. I was given phone numbers for halls to choose from, a caterer, a musician, a flower store, plus got some vouchers to be used in the local stores to get pots and pans, plates, cutlery, 2 sets of bedlinens, bath towels and dish towels FOR FREE!!! I barely had any money myself and I wouldn't have been able to have the wonderful wedding I had, and wouldn't have been able to start out in my new home so easily. Thank you Devora!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that helps brides in need. The dedication. love and time that is put into each and every individual seeking help is unreal.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with her organization and seen the wonderful work Devorah does. 24/7 she is KSCVK. Helping the chosson and kallah from step one. Having all their needs taken care of from the first date some time to the mazeltov . All to make sure the Chosson and Kallah should have the wedding in a beautiful manner with less stress.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very helpful and a pleasure to work with....Devorah is a special person who treats all of the Khallas like queens ..... She provides an invaluable service to the community ...And a grant would surely assist her in the big mitzva that she does...

6

Donor

Rating: 5

Keren Simchas Chossen Ve Kallah is a truly exceptional organization!! Devora Benjamin is an unbelievably uniquely special organizer,and person!! She goes above and beyond to help out needy families,orphans,foreign future young couples... She helps out in any way possible from advice to paying for: a date,a lechaim... to helping them prepare for their wedding and future lives together...to walking down the aisle with pride ready to start a new life and new generation....

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm posting this anonymously, and you will see why. KSCVK does amazing work. Paying for a wedding is not easy, even for people with money. What KSCVK does is assist young couples who cannot afford a normal wedding. Devorah Benjamin works tirelessly to find donations, work out deals with caterers, etc. so that even a financially strapped couple can have a normal wedding and not feel poor. KSCVK helped my wife and myself with expenses for two of my daughter's weddings, and the organization did a stellar job. Besides taking care of our half of the expense, Devorah pays attention to the tiniest details, as if it was her own child getting married. And she is humble and selfless about it. She is an angel. I can't praise this organization enough. Thank G-d for Devorah Benjamin.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have 5 daughters & 4 sons. Being a faithful follower of Jewish tradition the formula that expresses family expenses is ((regular stuff + yeshiva tuition) * 9) = anguish/aggravation. Devora Benjamin's Keren SimCHas CHossen Ve Kallah gave me more than financial support when my children married. She provided an atmosphere of hope and the comfort that comes from having expert advice and professional services available during "trying" times. The financial success of her Charity means stability for the foundation of the Jewish community, the Sacred institution of Marriage and family. KSCVK has brought dignity & Joy to many hundreds of families. Let us bring success to it's work.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

they always there to help us they where there to help me when I got married they arrange lots of thing for my wedding for FREE

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

B'H I became religious overnight and didn't know my right foot from my left. Devora came to my rescue and dealt with all of the family poitics, the stress and lets not forget the money!!!! that she raised dollar by dollar. I barely enjoyedmy wedding night as it is - so stressful but without Devora - it would have been a nightmare

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a great experience working with KSCVK. I wouldnt have had a night that special with out their help.