“I see myself as a resource, not as a judge. I’ll help you create a personal, meaningful ceremony.”
Rabbi Julie has helped hundreds of couples craft wedding ceremonies that draw deeply on traditional practices while reflecting the uniqueness of each marriage. Here’s what she has to say about the exciting process of planning a wedding ceremony:
We get to know each other as I ask questions about your backgrounds, religious orientations, hopes and dreams. You’ll also have a chance to ask me about my background or about Judaism. Together we create a beautiful wedding ceremony.
We meet in my home in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, or on the internet.
During this planning process, in addition to talking about the ceremony itself, I welcome you to explore other issues such as relationships with parents, creating a home together, raising children or interfaith issues. I am an experienced relationship therapist in addition to being a Rabbi. I welcome “my couples” to keep working with me after the wedding to grow a healthy marriage.
I look forward to facilitating a magnificent and meaningful experience.
Many Blessings, Rabbi Julie
My primary requirement is that we engage together in a planning process, discussing the symbols and rituals that speak to you and reflect your past, present, and future. I see myself as a resource rather than a judge, and I will offer you options from the tradition and work with you to make a meaningful ceremony.
Yes! For over twenty years, I’ve been a pioneer in interfaith relationships and working closely with other clergies. I welcome interfaith couples and contribute to 18 Doors and other interfaith groups. I also work with many all-Jewish couples.
I prefer to meet on common ground.
That is up to you. Any vine fruit is fine, whether it is purple or white.
You do or make arrangements with your site to have them there.
Again, that is up to you. This is a nice thing to offer for people who want to follow this tradition, but it is not required.
Yes, and I will share sample programs to inspire you. A program is optional.
After the wedding ceremony, I will stay to meet and greet people for a while but not for the extended event. I sometimes bring a family member/ friend or a rabbinical student-in-training who is “shadowing” me.
The ketubah is a beautiful document stating your promises and intentions. It is witnessed and signed moments before your ceremony and can become a centerpiece of your home. Please contact Rabbi Julie if you’d like to use this ketubah.
“It was such a joy working with you before and during our wedding. Thank you SO much for being with us during this time!”