Who I Am
I am a Reconstructionist rabbi who believes in "Big Tent Judaism"--a Judaism that does not require one to ascribe to a certain set of beliefs and practices to feel strongly connected to Judaism. I have been a pulpit rabbi but am now concentrating my rabbinate on what I call "Locally Sourced Judaism"--performing meaningful life cycle events, doing pastoral counseling, guiding people on Jewish Journeys, and doing Interfaith work. I am passionate about social justice and believe the religion without acting upon one's religious principles makes no sense whatsoever.
My Approach to Weddings
No two couples are alike. When I work with couples to create their perfect wedding ceremony, this statement is always in the front of my mind. My primary goal is to get to deeply know each partner as an individual and then to learn about them as a couple so that the ceremony is a perfect reflection of them and their romance. My other goal is that the ceremony I handcraft will quickly unite the wedding guests, who come from disparate parts of the couples’ lives—family, friends, and co-workers—into a community of love and support for them as they stand together under the chuppah (wedding canopy).
I love the sweet and funny comment I got from a non-Jewish guest: “That was my first Jewish wedding….can you sign me up to be Jewish?!”
I am pleased by how often guests who have known one or the other partner since childhood has said to me, “You captured them exactly. I can’t believe you haven’t known them their whole lives.”
If you wish to learn more about Jewish life, traditions and culture, or are looking for a rabbi to officiate at your Jewish wedding or other Jewish life cycle events, I would love to hear from you!