One of the first decisions a couple has to make in planning for their wedding ceremony is who will officiate. When planning a Jewish wedding incorporating multiple faith backgrounds, you have a number of options as to who can be your officiant. You may choose to have solely Jewish clergy (a rabbi or cantor—for the […]
Proudly celebrating an interfaith same-sex wedding
By Sarah Martinez Roth Photos by Celia D. Luna Weddings How We Met Growing up Catholic, I knew I wanted to marry a man of faith; however, when I met Jonathan, I realized maybe things were not so black and white, and maybe faith in God was what I was searching for. Jonathan and I met […]
By Emily Baseman Our interfaith ceremony was the best and most meaningful part of our wedding day. It was really important to my husband, Brandon, and me that the ceremony be both very personal to us as a couple and truly interfaith. This meant we looked at wedding traditions from both Christianity and Judaism, and […]
By Laura Baum The most popular days to get engaged are Christmas (and I assume Hanukkah!), New Year’s Eve, and Valentine’s Day. That means this time of year is one when rabbis like me get lots of phone calls to officiate at upcoming wedding ceremonies. One of my favorite parts of my rabbinate is officiating […]
Professional View/Advice Article explaining how to combine elements of both traditions and have equal representation of both clergy and religions by following the “three C” method: communication, clarification of expectations, and compromis
Professional view from a “freelance” Reform rabbi about why he will officiate at some interfaith weddings. He will happily officiate if the non-Jewish partner is a “fellow traveler” who is committed to upholding the religious tra
Professional View of rabbi who believes it is important to have Judaism in a couple’s life at their time of marriage, and that a rabbi’s officiating at their wedding is the best way to link them to Judaism.
Professional view from a Reconstructionist rabbi on why he officiates at interfaith weddings, largely because he feels it welcomes couples into the Jewish community.