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Couple Spotlight: An Afternoon of Love in the Hudson Valley

Couple Spotlight: An Afternoon of Love in the Hudson Valley

I first heard from Jessica and Conor over a year ago. They were (and are!) a very enthusiastic couple, and right off the bat, I knew I was going to enjoy working with them. To begin, their relationship is one beyond simple partnership. They have a dynamism that's full of energy. They are competitive—especially Jessica! They both complement each other and at the same time feed off of each other's zeal for life and adventure.
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Outline of a Wedding Ceremony

Outline of a Wedding Ceremony

Couples looking for a Jewish wedding officiant are most likely looking for a rabbi. But ordained Cantors are just as capable of working with wedding couples and marrying them—plus, we sing! So what exactly the difference between a Rabbi and a Cantor?
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5 Common Jewish Wedding Traditions (and how to make them work for you!)

5 Common Jewish Wedding Traditions (and how to make them work for you!)

When I first start working with a couple towards their Big Day, I do so with an eye towards getting to know the couple really well, so they're assured that a stranger won't be officiating at their ceremony. Over weeks, or more often months, I do a lot of pre-marital work, which is mostly about preparing for their married life—working on communication skills, conflict resolution... but of course, most couples come to me to craft the perfect wedding ceremony. Here's the parts of the ceremonies I write.
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Couple Spotlight: Surprise Wedding on the Fourth of July

Couple Spotlight: Surprise Wedding on the Fourth of July

Whether you're two traditional Jews, are more Jew-"ish" than Jewish, or a couple from different faith traditions, if you're reading this blog, you probably want to know a bit more about some of the more common Jewish Wedding Traditions because you want to see how they'll fit into your wedding ceremony. As a Reform Jew, I like to say I'm an "Informed" Jew, and I love to teach couples about the meanings, origins, and reasons to include (or exclude) rituals in your Big Day. Here are five of the most common Jewish Wedding Traditions and how they might enrich your wedding day.
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Getting Married on Shabbat—What you need to know

Getting Married on Shabbat—What you need to know

Every year on the Fourth of July, Bruce and Maria have a huge picnic and party at their home in Westchester, New York. They rent tents, have a huge cook-out, there's music, the whole nine yards. Since their closest friends and family were going to be there anyway, they wanted to surprise their guests...
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How to make an awesome wedding program your guests will love (and appreciate!)

How to make an awesome wedding program your guests will love (and appreciate!)

You just got engaged. Congratulations! Now it's time to pick a date for your Big Day. You look at the calendar, talk to family and friends, and call catering halls, venues... and it looks like the best time to get married for you both is a Friday evening or a Saturday during the day. You and your partner are not that traditional, so getting married on the Jewish Sabbath doesn't seem like that big a deal. But are there things you should think about before getting married on Shabbat?
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Let’s go Ketubah Shopping

Let’s go Ketubah Shopping

Whether you're having a wedding ceremony completely in English, including different languages, special religious rites, or some newly invented rituals, having an awesome wedding program for your guests will help everyone present feel included. Here's some suggestions to make that memorable program.
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Is there a difference between a Religious Wedding and a Legal Wedding?

Is there a difference between a Religious Wedding and a Legal Wedding?

I hear from couples all the time, “Cantor, we’ve never done this before…” Of course! Unless you’ve been through planning a wedding before, there is no experience from which to draw when it comes to so many details involved with the rites and rituals of a wedding. Nowhere is this more potentially confusing is when shopping for a ketubah. With so many choices between artists and texts, it can be confusing. Let’s do a deep dive and see what you need to know about shopping for a ketubah.
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How to decide on a Wedding Officiant

How to decide on a Wedding Officiant

As a clergy person, I'm an Agent of the State, and have to make sure I act accordingly as to not break any laws, or inadvertently cause a couple to be in a problem situation. So let's look at what clergy in New York State are able—and not able—to do for couples.
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Let’s stop calling it “Intermarriage.”

Let’s stop calling it “Intermarriage.”

You just got engaged. Congratulations! Now it's time to pick a date for your Big Day. You look at the calendar, talk to family and friends, and call catering halls, venues... and it looks like the best time to get married for you both is a Friday evening or a Saturday during the day. You and your partner are not that traditional, so getting married on the Jewish Sabbath doesn't seem like that big a deal. But are there things you should think about before getting married on Shabbat?
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