Sample Rituals

By InterfaithFamily

Return to the Guide to Wedding Ceremonies for Interfaith Couples.


Use a Havdalah candle as the unity candle.
-submitted by Aimee Goldberg

 For Buddhist or Hindu Interfaith Weddings

Incorporate fire from a candle into the walk around the fire, typical of Hindu marriages. Or have 108 candles glowing during the Buddhist-Jewish marriage ceremony.
-submitted by Julia Gutman

 Jumping the Broom

For Jewish-African-American weddings, a good counterpart to breaking the glass is “jumping the broom.” During slavery, African-Americans did not have the legal right to marry. But they still got married in a ceremony that typically involved taking vows in the presence of a witness and leaping over the handle of a broom
-submitted by Marissa Fireman

The Guide to Wedding Ceremonies for Interfaith Couples is also available in PDF and Word formats.


About InterfaithFamily

InterfaithFamily is the premier resource supporting interfaith couples exploring Jewish life and inclusive Jewish communities. We offer educational content; connections to welcoming organizations, professionals and programs; resources and trainings for organizations, clergy and other program providers; and our new Rukin Rabbinic Fellowship will provide offerings for couples in cities nationwide. If you have suggestions, please contact