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Shabbat Weddings Revisited: The Pro Side for a Change

By Rabbi Dr. Reeve Robert Brenner

Arguments for Reform rabbis to officiate at weddings on Shabbat. Reprinted from the CCAR.

Date: 05-24-2012

Intermarriage Officiation: Why I Have Now Decided to Officiate at Intermarriages

By Rabbi Andrea London

By changing my stance on intermarriage officiation, I seek to balance two competing, but important values: the desire to retain and respect the unique sacred character of the Jewish wedding and the opportunity to welcome mixed couples into the Jewish community and help them create Jewish homes.

Date: 05-24-2012

Explaining Religious Boundaries to Interfaith Couples (and Their Parents)

By Karen Kushner

Respectful language suggestions for saying "no" to such things as wedding officiation, co-officiation, or officiation on Shabbat.

Date: 05-18-2012

Open Hearts and an Open Door: A Different Jewish Response to the Challenge of Interfaith Marriage

By Rabbi Howard A. Berman

Sermon given at Boston Jewish Spirit on Yom Kippur morning, 5772.

Date: 12-22-2011

If You Don't Stand for Something, You'll Fall for Anything

By Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov

One rabbi's philosophy for deciding about officiation and co-officiation was put to the test.

Date: 07-01-2011

Letter to the Congregation

By Rabbi Richard A. Block

Rabbi Richard A. Block is Senior Rabbi of The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Cleveland, Ohio. He was ordained and awarded a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1982.

Date: 06-23-2010

Interfaith Outreach: A Rabbi's Personal Account

By Rabbi Sarah Wolf

Rabbi Sarah Wolf was ordained at Hebrew Union College in 2008 and since then has served as a rabbi at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, Calif., where she staffs the Interfaith Outreach Committee.

Date: 06-23-2010

The Importance of Keruv

By Rabbi Gil Steinlauf

Gil Steinlauf is senior Rabbi of Adas Israel Congregation. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University (1991) and received Rabbinic ordination as well as an M.A. from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York in 1998.

Date: 06-23-2010

A Change in Policy

By Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg

Rachel Goldenberg is the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester, Conn. She was ordained in May 2003 at Hebrew Union College. She is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program, serves on the board of Rabbis for Human Rights - North America, and is a participant in the 6th Rabbinic cohort of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

Date: 06-22-2010

Changes on Intermarriage Policy

By Rabbi Yair Robinson

Rabbi Yair Robinson is a graduate of Oberlin College and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Emeth in Wilmington, Delaware.

Date: 06-22-2010

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