Ultra-Orthodox Matchmakers Will Get $4000 For Pairing ‘Damaged Goods’ Over 21 – Forward

Posted By on August 10, 2017


A bride and her grandfather dance at an ultra-Orthodox wedding in Jerusalem in 2012.

The grand rabbi, or rebbe, of the Boyan sect of ultra-Orthodox Jews is offering $4,000 to anyone who suggests a successful match between older singles in their community, the Israeli news site Arutz Sheva reported Wednesday.

The older designation applies to single men over the age of 23 and single women over the age of 21 often derogatorily referred to as damaged goods.

The rebbe of the Belz Hasidic sect, which numbers over 7,000 families across the world, recently adopted a $1,000 finders fee for matches of older singles as well. The Skver sect, in the U.S., gives $3,000 for similar matches.

The Boyan rebbe, Rabbi Nachum Dov Brayer, announced the new fee at a meeting with the communitys matchmakers in Jerusalem on Monday.

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