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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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Ritual Wedding Objects and Garments

Ritual Wedding Objects and Garments

Every religion and culture has its unique ritual objects and garments that are part of wedding ceremonies. When planning for your Jewish interfaith wedding you will want to consider which to include. You may choose to include ritual objects and garments from multiple traditions or just Jewish ones. We will explain some of the Jewish ones here. […]

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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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How a Slightly Disorganized and Overwhelmed Interfaith Couple Organized a Jewish Wedding Ceremony

I tried incredibly hard to make the wedding planning process as organized as I could. I had spreadsheets upon spreadsheets of guest lists and vendors that I shared with my fiancé, Andy. I had folders with links saved and an extensive private Pinterest board of DIY wedding planning ideas that required far more creativity than […]

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Marrying Off a Daughter as a Values Clarification Exercise

Personal Narrative about a mother’s efforts to connect with her daughter’s Iranian in-laws before the wedding to prevent an awkward ceremony, and to establish an ongoing relationship.

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The Conservative Officiation Debate Continues

This post originally appeared on www.edumundcase.com and is reprinted with permission. The media buzz about Conservative rabbis and officiation at weddings of interfaith couples has slowed, but there has been important commentary in the past three weeks. The rabbis of the Jewish Emergent Network – certainly among the most progressive younger rabbis in the country – expressed solidarity with Rabbi Amichai […]

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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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Insider Tips from a Master Wedding Planner

Insider Tips from a Master Wedding Planner

By Lynda Barness You are now engaged! NOW WHAT? Here are five things to consider before jumping in, from a Master Wedding Planner: 1. Breathe. I’m not kidding! Take some time to enjoy your engagement—and each other. And your families. And your friends. 2. Get to work. When you are ready to start working (and yes, […]

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The Shrinking Crucifix

Personal Narrative in which a Jewish mother whose son is being married to a Catholic woman in a church by a cantor and priest is first horrified by the huge cross in the church, yet when she returns on the wedding day, the cros

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The Jewish Wedding Now

This post originally appeared on www.edumundcase.com and is reprinted with permission. I don’t have any weddings in sight – my children are married and I’ve been married for 43 years myself. Nevertheless, I loved reading Anita Diamant’s The Jewish Wedding Now. I’m most interested of course in interfaith couples, and highly recommend The New Jewish Wedding to […]

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