Wedding Ceremonies 

Mazel Tov! As a Wedding Officiant serving the greater Tri-State area has helped me bring together many couples. Officiating at a wedding celebration is a special opportunity for me to help create a meaningful, memorable experience for the couple and their families as they embrace this extraordinary milestone. I meet with each couple 2 – 3 times to get to know them and determine what type of ceremony will reflect their unique relationship. During the ceremony, I make sure to explain the elements of the service to create an inclusive environment for everyone.

Within Jewish tradition, a wedding is considered so sacred it is called Kiddushin – which means “Holy” in Hebrew. As an ordained Cantor in the Tri-State area I help couples come closer together.

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Wedding Officiant in NJ, NY, CT

Deciding to get married is a great thing. It can be filled with various exciting and sometimes difficult tasks. I receive calls all the time requesting interfaith marriages. As a Cantor, I can make sure that everyone on your guest list feels welcome and just as important as anyone else there. Reach out to me to have a conversation about your wedding!

Jewish Wedding Traditions

There are many  Jewish Wedding rituals and traditions that have developed over the centuries. Here is a quick list:

Chuppah

The Chuppah is literally a canopy under which the ceremony takes place. This canopy symbolizes the home that the couple will build together.

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Ketubah

The Ketubah is the document that describes the Jewish marriage. also known as an agreement. The ketubah is signed by two witness before the ceremony, along with the state issued license. There are many artists that can customize your ketubah by including your personal information.

Exchange of rings

The ritual of exchanging rings along with the recitation of the short Hebrew marriage vows is very simple. The rings are usually gold bands representing value and endurance. I usually invite the groom and bride to repeat a short vow in Hebrew. It’s OK if you have never spoken a single Hebrew word in your life, we will practice together.

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Sharing of two cups of wine

Sharing of the first cup represents everything that has led you to this moment of standing under the chuppah. The second cup represents the looking forward to a wonderful future that you will be building together as a family.

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Sheva B’rachot

The Sheva B’rachot literally means Seven Blessings. This starts with the blessing over the second cup of wine and ends with a blessing asking God to bestow joy, happness, health and peace upon the bride and groom.

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The breaking of the glass

The breaking of the glass at the end of the ceremony can be interpreted in many ways. Some say it can symbolize the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.

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If I am blessed to be included in your special day, we can have a discussion including these and other traditions into your ceremony – including any other creative ideas you may have.

Please call me or fill out the form below for any questions you might have for me. Thank you!