A Wedding Couple’s Personal Sentiments…
Rabbi Andrea was our wedding officiant. She is AWESOME! She traveled all the way to Canada to perform our ceremony. Rabbi Andrea made our dreams come true. We don’t know what we would have done without her. All of our guests said how beautiful our ceremony was and that it was by far the best that they have seen. Our wedding day was so special and thanks to Rabbi Andrea we knew we had nothing to worry about. She truly accommodated us, and we appreciate her. Rabbi Andrea is on the ball with everything and so kind and caring. She will double and triple check everything to make sure it is right. This is the Rabbi that you want for your special day. Thanks so much, Rabbi Andrea.
You will forever be our Rabbi.
Our love, Alan, and Rajka
“In order to teach, one must learn, study, experience, take part, and then lead” – Rabbi Andrea Frank
Why I built this website? About Rabbi Andrea: to reach the “congregation without walls.”
The Internet has revolutionized our lives. I immersed myself by building a website and serve in a technological form to reach out to a “worldwide web congregation”. The World Wide Web unites us through the net by common interests and instant communication, all in the comforts of our home. It is now very common to find your Rabbi Wedding Officiant or Mitzvah specialist for all ages online.
Reform Judaism, Reform Movement Core Values:
The Reform Movement is the largest Jewish religious movement in North America
- A God-centered Judaism that combines respect for Jewish law and Jewish tradition with a progressive religious outlook designed to remain relevant and meaningful to contemporary North American Jews
- A commitment to Torah (lifelong Jewish learning), Avodah (worship of God through prayer and observance), and G’milut Hasadim (the pursuit of justice, peace, and deeds of loving-kindness) – expressed in a lifelong study of the sacred Jewish texts, creativity and spirituality in worship, and social action fulfilling the vision of the Prophets
- A commitment to Klal Yisrael, the entire Jewish people, focusing specially on the people and the state of Israel, and on world Jewry, particularly on the needs of Progressive congregations everywhere
- A community-focused religion that honors the personal autonomy of the individual, egalitarianism with openness and acceptance)
About, Rabbi Andrea’s Jewish communal experience in performing the sacred functions of the Reform Synagogue; interacted on the many levels of congregational activity along with the core values of Reform Judaism. Offered about Rabbi Andrea the opportunity to serve the unaffiliated as an independent. She grew up in Long Island, New York in a family where Judaism’s everyday customs were present between her grandmother and mother. They spoke Yiddish, cooked, prepared, and welcomed many in our home with kindness along with a warm meal or homemade, Judaism connected, baked goods. Such as challah bread, babka, ruggelach, egg kichel, potato knishes, even chicken soup, chopped liver and kishka. She received her BA from NYIT and received her Seminary Rabbinic Ordination (smicha) with a Master of Hebrew Letters & Literature. Her childhood rabbi, Rabbi Pollack, then retired, was on the top of her list to share the news on studying and becoming a rabbi.
He stated, “I knew you were going to be a rabbi at nine years of age.”
They were close with many fond memories of him, along with the cantor, sitting in the temple building and having their own private conversations. It is what she strives to make that connection before, during and following each ceremony she officiates today and all the years blessed to be called rabbi. When the connection continues after your ceremony, call her to meet up for a cup of coffee and kibbitz. Be ready, she will say yes and bring homemade baked goods. Just like the ones she mentioned. She learned from the best!
This is the same rabbi, his wife, the cantor, and his wife that sat kibitzing in her home with the two women. They instilled values, customs, and traditions and taught her to be a strong, independent woman with a kind heart extending to many. In fact, her mother was the owner of the local village’s hair salon, where many of the congregational women had their hair styled on a weekly basis. Her mother was also the lead beautician in high demand and managed the salon with her team of hairstylists. A female entrepreneur before the term became popular.
Her father was her hero, literally. He served in the Navy during WWII. Raised Orthodox, but once in the Navy, all changed with this life experience no one can describe unless you were there. His artistic talents was wood crafting. One of his many wood projects, was the oversized Chanukah dreidels and a Jewish Star of David. He displayed them each year for the holiday. The local newspaper did an article on them too. She too enjoys dabbling in wood crafts. They attended weekly Shabbat Services. Even more special, when he sat nearby as she sang in the temple choir. One Rosh Hashanah year, he received the honor in the rabbi’s high holiday sermon. There was not a dry eye in the entire sanctuary and balcony. So many walked over to him and said, “thank you for your service.”
Abraham sat with all sides of his tent opened to welcome all. Those who leave their temple congregation, become unaffiliated, for many reasons have much of a need for a Rabbi as any one part of a temple building with a congregation.
While the search for faith and encounter with God is at the heart of commitment as Jews, Rabbi Frank recognizes the many ways in which individuals define and experience their religious beliefs.
Reform Judaism is ever-changing which had given women opportunities to go beyond the curtain to study Jewish law and serving the community by leading T’fillah (prayer), Torah, and life cycle ceremonies.
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About the Rabbi lives in Westchester County, New York and able to assist those in the Metropolitan area; New York (including New York City-Manhattan), Queens, Brooklyn (DUMBO, Prospect Park, Park Slope area) and the surrounding locations in Westchester County, Connecticut (Fairfield), Long Island (Nassau County), and North New Jersey.
I can accommodate most creative wedding ceremony locations – each wedding reflects the personalities of the couple.
About the Rabbi can officiate your wedding anywhere in the United States; such as…Chicago, Texas, California, North Carolina, Florida in between. You can have your destination Jewish wedding in the Caribbean, St. Thomas, Bahamas, and Bermuda-based on health and safety first. Cruise ship Wedding Ceremonies take place in New York City (Manhattan) while at port (docked). Central Park is a popular place for a ceremony with the many iconic places that makes it famous.
Civil Wedding Ceremonies and the Jewish Wedding ceremony all are required to have a State Marriage License. As a member of the clergy, your State Marriage Certificate is legal and binding once signed along with your witnesses. Civil wedding ceremonies are separate from a religious ceremony. A Rabbi can officiate all faiths in a Civil Wedding marriage ceremony without the religious element.
About Rabbi Andrea: to reach the “congregation without walls.”