Hello, I am Rabbi Andrea, an Ordained Reform Rabbi.
It is very important to have a rabbi to officiate a Jewish ceremony in order to make sure that the marriage ceremony, Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah for the soon-to-be teenagers; Hebrew Naming Ceremonies for the sons and daughters; Adult Bat Mitzvah, Adult Bar Mitzvah from college age to older. They are called life cycle ceremonies and conducted properly.
Marriage is a blessing! The rituals that make up the Jewish Wedding are beautiful! That beauty reflects in the faces of the Katan (bridegroom) and Kalah (bride) throughout those rituals.
The symbolism is that the bride and groom are about to create their own “new world” together intertwining two families with the customs and traditions under the Chuppah.
Jewish, Interfaith, Civil Wedding ceremonies. Each ceremony is unique intertwining the Jewish Ceremony order and customs which is why having a rabbi to guide you is so important. The introduction to all of them happens in the very first Wedding Meeting between the couple and Rabbi Andrea.
I live in Westchester County, New York and can assist in the Metropolitan area; New York (including New York City-Manhattan), Queens, Brooklyn (DUMBO, Greenpoint, Millwood, Red Hook, Williamsburg), Bronx (Botanical Garden, Wave Hill, Riverdale) and the surrounding locations in Westchester County, Connecticut Fairfield County, Long Island Nassau County, and Northern New Jersey.
Do you live outside the Metropolitan area, and planning your Jewish ceremony in New York and the surrounding cities? Video Conferencing online is available for pre-planning meetings. My couples find this technology less stressful and able to meet with their Rabbi pre-planning all the details to officiate their local wedding ceremony.
Most creative wedding ceremony locations can be accommodated – each wedding reflects the personalities of the couple.
If you need help for your wedding anywhere in the United States; as…Chicago, Texas, California, North Carolina, Florida and other States and Cities. You can have your destination Jewish wedding even on a cruise ship when in port (New York City (Manhattan), then sail away on your honeymoon.
Note: Now in early 2023, the Covid numbers are rising once again. Along with the vaccine boosters, gatherings continue to take place. We include any details on this topic in the initial conversation. Micro-weddings, a mini-wedding ceremony, the celebration remains intact. Imagine being pronounced married having the Statue of Liberty, the NYC Skyline, or the Brooklyn Bridge as your backdrop!
About Rabbi Andrea: to reach the “congregation without walls.”
Chazak chazak v’nitchazek – May we all move forward from strength to strength so that we all may be strengthened by each other.
Shalom U’Veracha – With Peace and Blessing, Rabbi Andrea Frank