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Steve and Teryn chose the Altadena Country Club for their day of celebration on April 1, 2017

When planning a wedding, it is important that the couple be aware of their parent’s wishes and try to accommodate them if they can, but ultimately the decisions about the ceremony are up to the bride and groom. Steve and Teryn chose the Altadena Country Club for their day of celebration on April 1, 2017.  Being an interfaith couple, Teryn, requested the pastor of her family’s church to co-officiate with Rabbi Barry.  Having never performed an interfaith ceremony, Pastor Jean was open to suggestions that would make this event all-inclusive.  However, at the last minute, Steve’s mother requested that the pastor not use certain Christian expressions as she felt they might offend their Jewish guests.  Pastor Jean was willing to honor her request, however, Steve and Teryn insisted that he use the language of his faith and to be himself. The ceremony was sweet and the pastor was sensitive to all involved. Though planning a wedding takes a village, planning a ceremony is between the bride, groom and officiant(s).

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Calamigos’s Ranch was the perfect venue for Golan and Tannia

Calamigos’s Ranch was the perfect venue for Golan and Tannia

After meeting the couple at the venue during one of the many shows Great Officiants attend, I was fortunate enough to meet them there.  When I asked who was doing performing their wedding, the said that they were looking for a rabbi who would be willing to marry an interfaith couple.  It wasn’t too difficult for us to bond within minutes.

The fun thing about their wedding was a friend of theirs was asked to speak the Spanish parts of the prayers and other important elements.  I was able to send him the English and we had a trilingual ceremony.

Being that Tannia was from Mexico and Golan, from Israel, you would think it was difficult to see the two families meld into one.

Here is a neat preview video right before the ceremony:

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Rabbi Barry Saves the Day at the Inn at the 7th Ray in Topanga Canyon

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As I reached for my cell phone, noticing the call was from Alan Katz and Great Officiants, I knew there was a Jewish or Interfaith couple needing a rabbi.  It was Alan but to my surprise, he wanted to know if I was available in five days for the wedding.  I was and took down the information and within 20 minutes fell in love this couple and took away a tremendous amount of stress.
It was at the last minute, their original rabbi took ill and had to bail.  Apparently, he didn’t have a network of rabbis to rely on in such a situation.  It was fortuitous that Juan and Alexia called Great Officiants.  Within minutes, their problem for finding an Interfaith Rabbi was solved.
Alexia and Juan’s venue was, Inn at the 7th Ray in Topanga Canyon.  And as the 20 guests were arriving, I had a chance to meet the family and get a feel that this was a fun loving group.  Being the location, the guests’ love for the couple or any number of idyllic reasons, the ceremony was fun, tender and filled with a message of how to succeed in in marriage in today’s crazy world.
In the ceremony, we combined Mexican Catholic and Jewish Traditions.  Best of all was the Benediction, where the couple was wrapped in a tallit as well as having their godparents place the Lasso around their shoulders at the same time.  Both traditions represent the bond that unites the two of them, Soul.
Over all, no one would have known that I didn’t know them but for a few days.  And that’s the way it should always be.

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Father Geoff and Rabbi Barry Co-Officiate a Wedding at the Bel Air Bay Club

There is nothing touchier than a Co-officiated wedding with a Priest and Rabbi.  Alan Katz has a crew of officiants who work seamlessly together.  As was the case for Shai and Marissa.  Paring Rabbi Barry Tuchman and Fr. Geoff Farrow was a gift from Heaven.  Married on August 25th at the Bel Air Bay Club, under perfect conditions, there was not one glitch to the ceremony.  Having worked with Fr. Geoff several times in the past, I have found him to be warm, compassionate and rich with knowledge and feeling.  I on the other hand provided the joyful and funny parts of the nuptials.  Of course, the Jewish traditions were explained with care for those who were not familiar to the traditions.  It was as if Fr. Geoff and I were members of a band playing our unique parts.  Rock on….
Rabbi  Barry

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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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