Jewish Wedding

Jewish Christian interfaith wedding ceremony

Today I performed the wedding ceremony for Steven and Ronit.

it was important for them to be able to honor both of their families beliefs in their wedding ceremony.

while doing an interfaith ceremony it is important for the officiant to know how to make both sides happy and not to alienate either side.

In the Jewish Christian combo ceremony that I have listed on our website it is carefully designed to bring elements of both believes into the ceremony.

I know this may sound weird but during the ceremony when Jews hear the word Jesus it can make them feel uncomfortable. So we use readings from the New Testament such as first Corinthians which speak about love.

We also incorporate some of the Jewish traditions such as the crushing of the glass the seven blessings and the blessing over the wine.

It’s a closed out with a generic prayer sent both the Jews and Christians seems like.

And at the end of the ceremony they kiss joining their lives and their families lives together into one big happy family.

The ceremony table for today’s wedding shown in the picture has the wine for the wine blessing, the ketubah A.k.a. Jewish marriage contract, the glass for crushing and in the background is my Talit that I put over their shoulders for a benediction.

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Mozel Tov, Rachel and Josh! Wedding performed by Rabbi Barry Tuchman La Canada Country Club

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Josh and Rachel put a lot of their personal energies into their ceremony at La Canada Country Club, begging, prior to anyone arriving, with the purifying ritual performed by family friend and shaman.

1.    How they brought their and their families energies into the wedding.

2.    Josh made the Chuppah himself.

3.    He used one of Rachel’s Grandfathers Tallit to cover the Chuppah.

4.    The Kiddush Cup was a gift from a dear aunt.

5.    They wrote their own vows.

6.    Rachel used her Grandmothers wedding ring.

7.    They were wrapped in another Grandfathers Tallit.

8.    The glass that was broken was a gift from another aunt.


That is a lot of contributions to the event and this is a great part of the success of the ceremony.

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Alex and Shira wed at Café Pinot, Los Angeles

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Set in a beautiful secluded garden the central object of focus was the Chuppah. In and of itself, nothing special.  But when I encouraged them couple to bring in their personal energies into the structure, the selected Shira’s, Great, Great, Great, Grandfathers Tallit.  I wasn’t stuttering.  Great, Great, Great.

The Kiddush Cup belonged to Alex’s Great Grand Mother.  And the Tallit that I wrapped them in was Alex’s Great , Great Grandfathers.  That’s a lot of family energy.

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The Theme of The Wedding: “A Voyage to the Great Attractor”

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Alan Dressler, Author of Voyage to the Great Attractor.  Along with other top scientist, they began the project of mapping the Universe, as we know it today with the Hubble Telescope.  Alan is also on the team that is building the world’s largest telescope, which will take astronomy to the next level.

The Great Attractor was at work when Alan met Charmeen.  Their mutual love of Art, Music, Poetry and nature made a permanent connection to soul.

The ceremony included a blend of Jewish and Chinese traditions.  My three favorites were the Tea Ceremony, presented to the only parent, Charmeen’s Mother.  The other notable event was at the end when, traditionally, I wrap the couple with a Tallit for the Benediction, they selected a beautiful Red Shall to wrap the two of them in.  Afterward, all the guests will sign the Stoll for their keepsake.  The breaking of the glass was also impacting. Alan had from his Mothers possessions, a set of 8 Antique Orrifores Crystal glasses.  One of these treasures was what they used for the breaking of the glass.  It demonstrated that even the most valuable material possessions, pale in comparison to the love that is celebrated in this moment.

One more thing, I was able to surprise the groom by using the title of his book as the theme of the wedding, “A Voyage to the Great Attractor”.

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Octavio does a multicultural wedding

Noah & Valerie tied the knot at Eden Garden Bar & Grill in Pasadena. This was a multicultural ceremony as we incorporated a couple of Catholic and Jewish traditions.

 

We signed the Ketubah and Noah broke the glass at the end of the ceremony. We also did the Lasso ritual, a wedding prayer, and the popular mothers rose presentation which they decided to include their grandmothers as well.

 

The ceremony was also bilingual so both families could understand and be a part of it.

 

It was truly an awesome experience!

 

Noah and Valerie I wish you all the blessings in the World!!!

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Intercultural wedding at the Greystone Mansion by A. Mauricio

Sabrina's and Adi's Intercultural (Israeli/Argentine/Italian) Wedding at the Greystone Mansion, officiated by A.MAURICIO, this past September was like the set of a fashion shoot or a stylish movie.  Their guests, as well as both the bride and groom and their families who walked them down the aisle, were in dressed in white.  Being near the Jewish New Year, their color scheme was apropos as white represents leaving behind the past and starting fresh or new beginnings.  In fact, according to tradition, for the "Kalla"/Bride and "Chatan"/Groom the day of marriage is considered a personal Yom Kippur which is the culmination of the Jewish New Year. 

 

Photos: 

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 1) Guests arrive and mingle before the start of the wedding.

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2)  Adi is escorted by his parents.

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3) Sabrina gets a kiss from her groom and her brother.

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4) Sabrina and Adi.

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5) Sabrina and Adi make their get away with assists from the bride's brother and groom's father. 

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6) The Bride and Groom's get away vehicle… a white, of course, Bentley!

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A Wonderful Multicultural Catholic/Jewish Wedding by Great Officiant Octavio Quilichini!

Kirk and Rosa’s wedding took place at Knollwood Country Club in Granada Hills. An outdoor ceremony and reception inside a huge ballroom. This was a multicultural ceremony, Catholic and Jewish. 

Kirk’s uncle graced us with the wine blessing in Hebrew. It was beautiful! I love when people participate in the ceremony! The ceremony was also bilingual. It turned out beautiful and the couple was amazing!!!

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Kirk & Rosa I wish you all the blessings in the World!!!

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