Arguments for Reform rabbis to officiate at weddings on Shabbat. Reprinted from the CCAR.
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.
Respectful language suggestions for saying "no" to such things as wedding officiation, co-officiation, or officiation on Shabbat.
Sermon given at Boston Jewish Spirit on Yom Kippur morning, 5772.
One rabbi's philosophy for deciding about officiation and co-officiation was put to the test.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.