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An Intercultural Celebration of Love

April 21, 2010

A couple who used's Clergy Officiation Referral Service graciously shared video of their interfaith, intercultural wedding ceremony, held in a chapel at the United Nations. We helped them find their officiating rabbi, Burt Siegel. The co-officiant was Elizabeth Thorson, the groom's aunt, who is Canon of the Cathedral of Oslo in Norway. Though the couple participated in writing the wedding ceremony, they give all credit to the two officiants who worked with them to create a ceremony that reflected their personalities and values. To see all eight of the wedding videos in order, watch our playlist on Youtube.

Hebrew for "my master," the term refers to a spiritual leader and teacher of Torah. Often, but not always, a rabbi is the leader of a synagogue congregation.

Rabbi Burt Siegel is the founder and spiritual leader of The Shul of New York. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Rabbi Burt received his Rabbinic Ordination and the award for the highest academic standing, as well as a Masters Degree in Judaic Studies, at the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion. He is also trained as a psychotherapist and a teacher of Kundalini yoga.

Elizabeth Thorsen is the vicar of the Cathedral of Oslo, Norway.

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