We are non-denominational officiants for sure. None of us are Jewish. But, we love, accept and happily conform to all!
Since in a traditional Jewish wedding there are no vows other then the groom placing a ring on the bride's finger ....um.... most of that is more of a Rabbi thing.
However, if you are reading this site, the Rabbi option is most likely not your first choice.
Welcome to Inter-faith ceremonies R US!!!
Hebrew has been known to be rather accurately translated into English and that we can read rather well!
There are many Jewish traditions that are used in non-Jewish weddings such as both parents walking the bride and/or groom down the aisle.
The Chupah is one tradition easily brought to an inter-faith marriage and has meaning for Jewish families.
The Seven Blessings recited in a Jewish wedding are beautiful and can be a wonderful addition to your wedding ceremony. If you'd like us to preside over your ceremony alongside a rabbi the rabbi can recite the blessings in Hebrew and we can recite them in English. (Victoria LOVES blessing anything!)
You can even take The Seven Blessings and update the wording and make your own ritual out of it, or include only a few of the blessings.
The Seven Blessings Recited at a Jewish Wedding
You are blessed, Lord our G-d, the sovereign of the world, who created everything for his glory.
You are blessed, Lord our G-d, the sovereign of the world, the creator of man.
You are blessed, Lord our G-d, the sovereign of the world, who created man in His image, in the pattern of His own likeness, and provided for the perpetuation of his kind. You are blessed, Lord, the creator of man.
Let the barren city be jubilantly happy and joyful at her joyous reunion with her children. You are blessed, Lord, who makes Zion rejoice with her children.
Let the loving couple be very happy, just as You made Your creation happy in the garden of Eden, so long ago. You are blessed, Lord, who makes the bridegroom and the bride happy.
You are blessed, Lord our G-d, the sovereign of the world, who created joy and celebration, bridegroom and bride, rejoicing, jubilation, pleasure and delight, love and brotherhood, peace and friendship. May there soon be heard, Lord our G-d, in the cities of Judea and in the streets of Jerusalem, the sound of joy and the sound of celebration, the voice of a bridegroom and the voice of a bride, the happy shouting of bridegrooms from their weddings and of young men from their feasts of song. You are blessed, Lord, who makes the bridegroom and the bride rejoice together.
You are blessed, Lord our G-d, the sovereign of the world, creator of the fruit of the vine.
Traditional Jewish Vows and Ring Exhanges
"Do you, ______, take ______ to be your wife/husband, promising to cherish and protect her/him, whether in good fortune or in adversity, and to seek together with her/him a life hallowed by the faith of Israel?"
"Do you, ______, take ______ to be your lawfully wedded wife/husband, to love, to honor, and to cherish?"
"With this ring, you are made holy to me, for I love you as my soul. You are now my wife.
"With this ring, you are made holy to me, for I love you as my soul. You are now my husband."
From Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg
THE SEVEN BLESSINGS
From "The New Jewish Wedding" ~ By Anita Diamant ~
“We acknowledge the Unity of all within the sovereignty of God, expressing our appreciation for this wine, symbol and aid of our rejoicing.
We acknowledge the Unity of all within the sovereignty of God, realizing that each separate moment and every distinct object points to and shares in this oneness.
We acknowledge the Unity of all within the sovereignty of God, recognizing and appreciating the blessing of being human.
We acknowledge the Unity of all within the sovereignty of God, realizing the special gift of awareness that permits us to perceive this unity and the wonder we experience as a man and a woman joined to live together.
May rejoicing resound throughout the world as the homeless are given homes, persecution and oppression cease, and all people learn to live in peace with each other and in harmony with their environment.
From the Divine, source of all energy, we call forth an abundance of love to envelop this couple. May they be for each other lovers and friends, and may their love partake of the same innocence, purity, and sense of discovery that we imagine the first couple to have experienced.
We acknowledge the Unity of all within the sovereignty of God, and we highlight today joy and gladness, bridegroom and bride, delight and cheer, love and harmony, peace and companionship. May we all witness the day when the dominant sounds through the world will be these sounds of happiness, the voices of lovers, the sounds of feasting and singing.
Praised is love; blessed be this marriage. May the bride and bridegroom rejoice together."
Another modern version of the 7 Blessings
1. May you be blessed with love. May your admiration, appreciation and understanding of each other foster a love that is passionate, tranquil and real. May this love between you be strong and enduring, and bring peace into your lives.
2. May you be blessed with a loving home filled with warmth, humor and compassion. May you create a family together that honors traditions old and new. May you teach your children to have equal respect for themselves and others, and instill in them the value of learning and tikkun olam (making the world a better place).
3. May you be best friends and work together to build a relationship of substance and quality. May your sense of humor and playful spirit continue to enliven your relationship. May you respect each other’s individual personality and perspective, and give each other room to grow in fulfilling your dreams.
4. May you be blessed with wisdom. May you continually learn from one another and from the world. Together, may you grow, deepening your knowledge and understanding of each other and of your journey through life.
5. May you be blessed with health. May life bring you wholeness of mind, body and spirit. May you keep each other well-balanced and grounded, and live long that you may share many happy years together.
6. May your life be blessed with the art and beauty of this world. May your creative aspirations and experiences find expression, inspire you, and bring you joy and fulfillment. May you find happiness together in adventures big and small, and something to celebrate each day of your lives.
7. May you be blessed with community. May you always be blessed with the awareness that you are an essential part of a circle of family and friends. May there always be within this group love, trust, support and laughter, and may there be many future occasions for rejoicing in their company.