Weddings are joyous celebrations, the merging of two people and beginning of a new phase of life. Each wedding ceremony is unique, an expression of the tastes, energies, and values of the couple getting married. At the same time, each wedding partakes of Jewish culture, calling on the timeless symbols and words that turn two loving individuals into a family.
In preparation for the wedding ceremony, each couple meets with Rabbi Dean several times. Together, they discuss both partners’ vision of the service. He explains all aspects of a Jewish wedding, describing which ritual acts are required by Jewish custom and law, which are optional, and how they may be adapted to reflect the couple. During these sessions, Rabbi Dean’s goal is to craft the wedding ceremony that’s right for each couple, enabling them to transform from two people in love into a family. Through this process, they get to know each other well.
In addition, the three speak together about their expectations for the future. They create a safe environment to discuss the sometimes complex issues of married life.
Rabbi Dean officiates at weddings/commitment ceremonies for same-sex couples.
Rabbi Dean officiates at interfaith weddings, provided the non-Jewish spouse has completed Tempe Emanuel’s Discovering Judaism course, or a similar program. (Ideally the Jewish spouse will take the class, too!) This learning enhances the couple’s understanding of each other’s customs and values. It also allows the non-Jewish spouse to participate fully in his/her own wedding, not as an observer to another person’s tradition, but rather as someone who understands what’s involved and feels at home within the wider Jewish community.
Please contact Rabbi Dean with questions.