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What is your approach to weddings?

I work with couples to make their ceremony unique and reflective of their values and vision.  I like to incorporate personalized elements,  participation by family and friends and explanations of traditional elements of the ceremony.  As a rabbi at a Jewish humanist congregation with a background in the Reform movement, I am comfortable officiating at both secular and more traditional ceremonies.  My goal is to create a ceremony that has meaning for you.

Do you officiate at interfaith weddings?

Yes! I joyfully officiate at interfaith weddings.  While I don't co-officiate with clergy from other faiths, I will incorporate non-theistic elements from other traditions into the ceremony, for example a unity candle. 

Do you officiate at ceremonies for lgbtq couples?

Yes! I consider myself an LGBTQ ally and am happy to work with any loving couple on their wedding day.

 How often would we meet before the wedding?

Typically, I meet 2 to 4 times with couples in preparation for the wedding.  While I prefer to meet in person, I understand that many couples live out-of-state or have very intense work or school schedules.  I am happy to arrange Skype appointments in those cases.

How much is your honorarium for a wedding?

My honorarium is $950 for weddings in the Washington, DC, metro area.  If you are planning a ceremony outside the DC Metro area, please contact me to discuss the honorarium.  My congregation Beth Chai in Bethesda extends one free year of membership to couples who I marry.  I like to keep in touch with wedding couples after the ceremony and truly enjoy watching them build their lives together.

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