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A Ceremony That’s All Us

Making your ceremony unique to you will make it a night to remember

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What are the Elements of a Jewish Wedding Ceremony

A Jewish wedding has two major sections: erusin (betrothal) and nissuin (marriage). The central part of erusin is the exchange of rings. The central part of nissuin is the seven wedding blessings. Though erusin and nissuin were originally two separate ceremonies, they now take place one immediately after the other, and together they make up […]

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Chuppah: Your First “Home”

By Maria Bywater I grew up in a large, close Catholic family, so when I got married in a Jewish wedding ceremony, finding meaningful roles for everyone in my family proved challenging. I had converted to Judaism, and the rabbi required that the roles linked to Jewish ritual—–signing the ketubah (Jewish marriage contract) and reciting […]

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Our Wedding: A Personalized Jewish-Catholic Interfaith Ceremony

A personal narrative from a Catholic woman who planned an interfaith wedding ceremony that integrated aspects of her background, such as the vows, and her Jewish husband?s heritage, such as the ring ceremony.

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Happily Ever After Starts Here

Confused. The best adjective I can use to describe how I felt about planning my interfaith wedding before learning about InterfaithFamily. I didn’t even know the word “interfaith” was the appropriate term for couples of different faith backgrounds! I had so many questions but did not know where to turn. It was important to my […]

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Going Custom: Writing Our Own Interfaith Ceremony

After my latest blog post on finding officiants for our Jewish-Catholic interfaith wedding, I got questions from both friends and fans about what the actual ceremony would look like. We had started a draft but needed to tie up some details, so we weren’t ready to share. I didn’t really think about it much in […]

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How I Honored My (Sort of) Christian Parents at My Jewish Wedding

Personal narrative about how a couple planned their Jewish wedding carefully, so as to include the non-Jewish, atheist parents.

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Finding Co-Officiants: A Multi-Step Process

Our first hurdle in planning an interfaith wedding (other than the insanity of touring and booking a venue) was finding an officiant and creating a ceremony that reflected both of us

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A New Seven Blessings

Seven blessings for an interfaith wedding, loosely based on the traditional sheva brakhot.

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How Our Interfaith Ceremony Got Us Out of Writing Our Own Vows

Forty-four days, 23 hours and 53 minutes to go to the big day (but who’s counting?), so we thought we’d give you a sneak preview of how we’ve constructed our interfaith ceremony. All the way back last summer, we had a lovely meeting with our rabbi, IFF/Philadelphia‘s Rabbi Frisch, and our priest, Mother Takacs, where […]

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