The experience of a Jewish wedding is one of transformation. Two people enter the Huppah, the wedding canopy, as friends and lovers. In the course of their experience under the Huppah, their souls bond to each other in a way that cannot be described until it is experienced.

They emerge as transformed beings: sacred to one another as Hatan and Kallah, bridegroom and bride. The medium of this transformation is the magic of the ceremony.

Like all powerful rituals, the wedding ceremony is a holistic event.

One can think of the ceremony as a symphony of sucessive movements: the intensity builds, peaks and, only when we are ready, subsides gently allowing us to return to the world. We re-enter the world filled with the high of the peak experience and glowing with the charge it created in us.

In a wedding, there is no audience: all are participants and everyone is touched and changed. You can have a wedding like this - magical, beautiful, fun, hopeful, loving, tender, joyous, engaging, inclusive, tranformative....Why have less?

If you would like to create a Jewish wedding ceremony with me, I will be happy to work with you. We can weave innovation and tradition, music, song, laughter, poetry, drama, friends and family into a ceremony that is magical, powerful... and truly spellbinding.

Do you officiate at interfaith weddings?

I absolutely work with couples in which one partner's background is Jewish and the other's is not. Of course, you'll tell me why you want to have a rabbi at your wedding! You'll fill me in on how you see your connection to Judaism and Jewish life. What are your aspirations for yourselves as a couple or as a future family? Do you want to learn how to bring spiritually rich Jewish experiences into your life together? 

If the answer is "yes," we'll embark on learning and exploring together. The result: an adventure!  You can discover how to create a fun, creative and spiritually meaningful Jewish home life, and a shared willingness to make that happen. I will help you design a ceremony that is open, joyous, participatory, and engaging. We'll use the energetic framework that informs a Jewish ceremony, but tailor that to be authentic and personal for you. We'll use our creativity and all kinds of great resources to help you craft a unique ceremony that is just right for you.


Do you require counseling for couples prior to ceremony?

Humans thrive in relationship! We want to love each other. But relationships that really support us through all the changes of life happen best when we grow good relationship skills  and have safe environments to practice them. Every relationship offers opportunities for growth and also issues to be faced. We come with different values, styles, stories, assumptions, legacies and family histories that can be shared and sometimes need to be negotiated. The more we understand what we bring into a relationship, the better we will be at making it work. 

Every couple has issues that can be difficult to talk about. I can help you by creating a safe space to ask questions of each other, and by supporting your compassionate honesty.

I offer skilful and kind counseling and education that is appropriate for you, your backgrounds and needs. I am a certified Marriage and Family Therapist and can bring these skills, as needed, to serve you and help you make your loving relationship even stronger.. 

Do you require religious education for the couple prior to the ceremony?

When I work with any couple on the design of a wedding ceremony, each aspect of the ceremony offers an important opportunity to explore Jewish life, history, thought, philosophy, practice and language. Depending on your needs, this can be fairly simple or can become quite a remarkable curriculum – opening a dimension of Jewish spirituality to you that may not have been well taught in your earlier exposures to Jewish education.

With interfaith couples, this process can be particularly exciting for both the Jewish and the non-Jewish partner. In fact you may both be equally inspired by the many ways in which Jewish spirituality matches your own aspirations!

My home is a Jewish "please touch" museum allowing me to create a rich "hands-on" learning environment. Our exploration emerges from the questions you ask, and follows those threads where they lead – which is into the multi-colored tapestry of Jewish life, thought, history, theology, custom, halachah, Torah, spirituality and practice.

Please describe what your fees include

My basic $1500 fee covers the following:

  • I am a skilled rabbi and also a ritual artist. I know how to make a ceremony be magical, sweet, powerful, musical, engaging, participatory, fun, wise, personal, and customized for YOU!
  • On the day of the ceremony: I will be there with you to co-create the very beautiful pre-ceremony family and community rituals that unfold before the ceremony begins, and and of course I help you design the ceremony and I am with you to officiate at the ceremony itself.
  • Preparations and learning: I will take you on a guided tour of the inner meaning of the flow of a Jewish wedding ceremony and all its components. I'll help you with your choice of a ketubah, and then ensure the accuracy of the wording so there are no mistakes.
  • We'll have 2-3 substantial wedding preparation sessions and several phone consultations. Further counseling and learning sessions have an additional fee structure.
  • I will work with your party planner and musicians, your photographer and videographer to help them help us make everything work well. Yes, I know how to do that.
  • I can help with music too. Let me know if you need musicians so i can help your find the very best.
  • I am happy to travel to be with you wherever your ceremony will be held. Expect to add at least a $200 travel surcharge if your ceremony is farther than an hour drive from Philadelphia. Naturally I will need a hotel room if an overnight stay is necessary. I am available for "destination weddings" too. Sometimes there is a magical location you have always dreamed of for your wedding. If something like that is in your plans, lets talk! 

Download my 10-page Jewish Wedding Outline Booklet, free for you! 

Here is a booklet that I wrote that goes step-by-step through all the preparations that lead up to a Jewish wedding, and then goes step-by-step through the arc of a Jewish wedding. It takes you on a tour of the spiritual journey! For interfaith couples, you can learn about aspects of  a Jewish wedding that might be adapted and personalized for you. Download it free here.

Download my 10-page Wedding Outline,


Tnai Kiddusin / Tenaiim

What is this? This is a radical/traditional Jewish legal document that can be signed at the same time that a traditional ketubah is signed. If using this document is advisable for you, I will teach about it and explain why.

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