An interfaith wedding is a reality in our nation today. The number of such marriages is escalating to an increasingly higher percentage. In an open society the formation of relationships between men and women of opposite ethnic and religious backgrounds is both natural and predictable. When two people of different faiths and backgrounds can come together to form the most intimate of unions, that is, indeed, a reason to celebrate
Whether as a New York interfaith wedding rabbi or a New York Jewish wedding rabbi, I approach each ceremony individually and creatively. Together we will construct a ceremony that will reflect your union and the fundamental beliefs that you share. I am proud to be called an interfaith wedding rabbi/cantor and love celebrating such unions. Why so many of my colleagues distance themselves from an interfaith wedding out of concern for being called an interfaith wedding rabbi goes against my principle beliefs. I am glad to travel the tri-state region to perform such weddings as well as beyond.
We will meet initially to gather information regarding your needs and desires as well as help you with the elements that you wish to include in your ceremony. I will share with you some suggestions and ideas towards making the wedding just right for you. During our time together, you will have an opportunity to get a sense of my style and presentation. I believe that it is extremely important to share all details with you so that you will not have any surprises. The last thing you want is to be surprised by a statement that you didn’t expect to hear as you share this time with family and friends. I will perform the entire ceremony for you as it is being created. This eliminates any anxiety on your part so you can be rest assured that your ceremony will come off just as you have planned
I can serve as a New York interfaith wedding rabbi and a New York Jewish wedding rabbi in compliance with the laws of every state in our country. I am also fluent in Spanish and Italian as well as Hebrew and have conducted ceremonies incorporating other languages.
When both the bride and groom feel more comfortable with clergy of their own faith sharing a meaningful role in the ceremony, I will be happy to co-officiate with any representative of the clergy whom you choose. I am glad to recommend clergy with whom I have worked or know their reputation if you need assistance in that process.
Wedding Ceremonies for Same Sex Couples
Finally, it is legal in many states for same sex couples to wed. I am always delighted serve the LGBT community and to make this a truly memorable occasion. In states that have yet to see the light, a commitment ceremony is just as lovely.
Renewal of Vows Ceremonies available for Anniversaries
Whenever a couple wants to renew their wedding vows and reaffirm their commitment to each other, whether it be a 5th or 55th wedding anniversary, I will be delighted to officiate.
Providing essentials Chuppah (if not available through caterer or florist) and Ketubah
A Chuppah and/or Ketubah will be happily provided by me. The Ketubah is a gift from me to the bridal couple. Couples often choose to have a specially made Ketubah suited to their choice of words and aesthetic. For excellent Jewish lifecycle products, please visit ‘Ketubahs and More’.
Breaking of the Glass:This custom has several meanings which seal the nuptials. While traditionally a remembrance of the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem 2000 years ago, there are many metaphors that can be applied to this beautiful tradition.
Chuppah: The Wedding Canopy constructed either simply or elaborately. Represents the new home that is being established by the couple. The canopy represents Gods love and covering over the family. The polls represent the support of the family and friends who are witnessing the ceremony.
Ketubah: Traditionally this was the written contract between the groom and the Father of the bride. In modern times this tradition evolved into the spiritual contract between the bride and groom. The choosing of this important document together with your partner can become one of the most profound experiences you share while planning your wedding. Buy a beautiful Ketubah for the guaranteed best prices at www.Ketubahsandmore.com and get 10% off by creating an account.
Kiddush: Growing up Jewish, one of the most observed rituals is the Kiddush, the blessing over the wine. Wine in the Torah always represents Joy, so it is no mystery that we lift the Kiddush Cup as often as we gather together and especially at a wedding.
Mazel Tov: This is the word shouted by all when the glass is broken at the end of the ceremony. Mazel Tov means much more than, “good luck and congratulations.” Deeper studies into these two words suggest a powerful “sending forth of energy”. In a way, it is a short prayer that the “joyous energy” that is felt at the moment the glass is broken will surround and sustain the couple throughout their lives together.