Your wedding is the single most important event in your lives as you prepare to accept each other's vows and live a life as husband and wife, wife and wife or husband and husband. Once you get past the the flowers and center pieces, invitations, choosing the band or the DJ, finding a photographer, selecting the wedding cake and of course the "saying YES" to the perfect wedding dress, tux and bridesmaid dresses, you then need to think about the wedding religious ceremony itself, finding the perfect wedding officiant and/or clergy.
In a Jewish wedding, there are several steps to the wedding religious ceremony. In addition to the procession, there are numerous traditions that are included such as the ketubah and marriage license signing, circling, erusin, vows, exchanging of the rings, shevah brachot and the breaking of the glass - to name but a few, all of which are handled by your chosen clergy and/or wedding officiant. Understanding the ebb and flow of the ceremony can be a bit daunting and choosing the right wedding officiant/clergy can make all the difference in the world.
Music and chanting play a vital role in your wedding ceremony and can transform a "regular" ceremony into a magical and moving life event. As a Cantor, an ordained clergy, and your wedding officiant, I will walk you through all the steps of your religious ceremony and as partners we will create a most memorable life event - one that will not be forgotten by you, your family and your guests.
Whether this is your first marriage or second - or even third, interfaith or same sex, for an initial consult, please contact me and together we will craft a beautiful and memorable religious ceremony.
This clip offers highlights of the wedding ceremony including the procession (Boi Kallah), Birkat Erusin, Dodi Li, Sheva Brachot, Priestly Benediction, Im Eshkachech Y'rushalayim (If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem) and the Breaking of the Glass.
Here is an edited version of a full wedding ceremony - Birkat Erusin, Ring Ceremony and Vows, Dodi Li, Shevah Brachot, Birkat Kohanim and Breaking of the Glass.
Moments before the breaking of the glass - which symbolizes the destruction of the temple and reminds us that even in joyous times to never forget Jerusalem - this text is sung while bride and groom hold each other's hands under the chuppah before declared husband and wife.
Here is an edited version of a wedding ceremony - Procession (Boi Kalah set to the tune of "Time To Say Goodbye"), Ring Ceremony and Vows, and Breaking of the Glass.