With all of your wedding preparations, one of the first decisions you must make is selection of the date. The Rabbi should be contacted to make certain that the dates and ceremony starting times you are considering are consistent with Jewish law and tradition.
We hope that you will consider having your ceremony and/or celebration here in the synagogue. Since marriage is a religious, as well as a civil ceremony, what more appropriate place could there be? The Rabbi will schedule all ceremonies in the synagogue and will be happy to invite the participation of other Rabbis and Hazzanim. The Rabbi and Hazzan will be pleased to participate in wedding ceremonies that take place in other locations.
The meal following the service under the Huppah (wedding canopy) is an integral part of the Jewish marriage ceremony. Therefore the meal must be certified kosher or dairy in order for the Rabbi and Hazzan to participate in, or attend, the ceremony. Furthermore, the Rabbi and Hazzan will not officiate at, or attend a marriage between a Jew and a non-Jew. If desired, the Rabbi will arrange for appropriate counseling and education which may lead to conversion.
A lovely tradition surrounding the wedding ceremony is the Auf Ruf. At a Shabbat morning service, usually the Shabbat before the wedding ceremony, the bride (Kallah) and groom (Hatan) are called up to the Bimah and are given an aliyah to the Torah. They both recite the Sheheheyanu and the Rabbi asks for God’s blessing upon their union. Please call the Rabbi’s secretary to schedule the Auf Ruf.