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Information about IFF's Wedding Ceremony Ideas Guide
InterfaithFamily.com first published "Wedding Ceremony Ideas for Interfaith Couples" in June 2005. Since then it has become our most popular downloadable resource.
In April 2007, we began soliciting contributions for an update to the resource. The new resource, titled "Guide to Wedding Ceremonies for Interfaith Couples" not only includes wedding ceremony ideas but also extensive explanatory information on Jewish wedding rituals.
The booklet opens with background information on weddings in the Jewish tradition, including information on special concerns for interfaith couples. It includes sample rituals and readings, variations on traditional blessings and rituals and ideas for ceremony order.
InterfaithFamily.com would like to thank the following people, whose suggestions, research and writings allowed us to put this resource together:
Rabbi Lev Baesh
Rabbi Howard Berman
Cantor Emily Blank
Cantor Ronald Broden
Rev. Walter H. Cuenin
Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn
Ellen Chenchinsky Deutsch
Melissa Barrit Felder
Rabbi Brian Field
Rabbi Mark Golub
Rabbi Miriam Jerris
Cindy Kalish and Michelle Charron
Rabbi Neil E. Kominsky
Rabbi Michael Adam Latz
Rabbi Devon A. Lerner
Rabbi Paul H. Levenson
Heather and Scott Martin
Matthew Medford and Marcy Engelstein
Rabbi Rim Meirowitz
Angie Wallerich Millman
Elizabeth McNamara Mueller
Andrea Nemeth and Vadim Shleyfman
Barbara and David Niles
Rev. June Radicchi
Rabbi David Roller
Rabbi Peter Schweitzer
Rabbi Lawrence M. Schuval
Marcia Cohn Spiegel
Jonathan Wornick and Cristina Breen
We also could not have compiled this resource without relying on the highly informative articles on MyJewishLearning.com. We relied on articles by:
Barbara Binder (Teaching Jewish Life Cycle: Insights and Activities, A.R.E. Publishing, Inc.)
Daniel H. Gordis (Celebration and Renewal: Rites of Passage in Judaism, Jewish Publication Society)
Heidi Gralla (Lilith magazine)
Bruce Kadden (Teaching Jewish Life Cycle: Insights and Activities, A.R.E. Publishing, Inc.)
Michael Kaufman (Love, Marriage and Family in Jewish Law and Tradition, Jason Aronson Publishers)
Valerie S. Thaler
We owe a particular debt to Rabbi Lev Baesh, who volunteered his expertise to review this document to ensure that it is Jewishly "sound."
Throughout the document we refer to "bride" and "groom." However, most, if not all, of the ceremonies and rituals are easily adapted for same-sex couples.
The Jewish wedding is a complex and beautiful ritual, with many facets. For those interested in learning more about Jewish weddings beyond what is discussed in this document, please refer to MyJewishLearning.com, or speak to a rabbi.