How to Find a Wedding Officiant Who’s the Right Fit for You

How to Find a Wedding Officiant Who’s the Right Fit for You

Finding a wedding officiant that is a right fit is an important part of planning that special day. The following are brief descriptions of wedding ceremonies of interfaith couples I know (all names have been changed) who were married in recent months: Matthew and Stacie were married by a rabbi* in a ceremony that was very […]

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Bridget Loves Bernie: During Interfaith Family Month We Celebrate Their Love

It’s 1972. An off-duty, dark haired young cabbie drives by a young blond woman. Slowing down and noticing that the woman is attractive, he switches his light to “on duty” and backs up to pick her up. He drops her off at the school where she teaches, then watches as she walks in. Flash forward […]

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My Husband’s Not Jewish So I Can’t Be a Rabbi? That’s Crazy!

A reprint of The Forward’s Seesaw Q&A about interfaith relationships

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Start with Words of Yes

When I became a rabbi, my own rabbi at home told me that the most important thing I had as a rabbi was my integrity and I’d have little left to offer if I ever let that go. I think about that almost daily and certainly when tough decisions come up. Yet what I find […]

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Weddings Speak To All of Us…And We’re Listening

Recently I attended a long-time friend’s Conservative Jewish wedding, and the event found me reflecting on my own interfaith wedding, now ten years in the past. The  wedding took place in the Conservative synagogue she’d attended since her bat mitzvah, a large, well-appointed synagogue outside a major East-Coast city. The ceremony started in the traditional […]

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“Can we talk?” Can we listen?

“Can we talk?” The late great comedian Joan Rivers had many famous lines, but she was probably better known for these three words than for any others. For many of us, we just have to hear this phrase and Joan comes to mind. Yet perhaps ironically, when Joan Rivers uttered the phrase “Can we talk?” […]

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The quiet of summer

Services and the Summertime Quiet

This past week, my family stumbled late into the pizza dinner before one of our local congregation’s children’s Shabbats. It was a rainy, surprisingly chilly Friday in June, and after a week of no school and being relatively cooped up at home, both children felt more than ready to get out of the house and […]

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A Quid Pro Quo for Officiating at Interfaith Weddings?

Rabbi Robyn Frisch, director of IFF/Philadelphia shares her thoughts on officiation in the Jewish Exponent

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The Father & The Rabbi Weigh In

The following is a guest blog post by the groom’s father, Phil Goodman followed by some additional thoughts from officiant Rabbi Robyn Frisch who is the director of InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia Like many of you I have enjoyed Anne and Sam’s wedding blog, but I have a major bias, I am Sam’s father. By way of introduction, […]

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Why Rabbis Ask Couples Getting Married About Future Children

In the recent article in The Forward, a Rabbi in Los Angeles explains that he will officiate for an interfaith couple at their wedding if they commit to a Jewish future, Jewish education for their children and a Jewish home. A Conservative Rabbi who left his rabbinical union over being able to officiate at interfaith weddings […]

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