Jewish Weddings

Jewish weddings ceremonies vary greatly, from traditional to contemporary, and depend on the religious practice of the families.  Whatever your background, Rabbi Lee will work closely with you to create a unique ceremony which reflects your hopes and dreams for this special day.

Here are elements common to all Jewish weddings:

Ketubah  – A Ketubah is a legal document signed by bride and Groom and witnessed by family members before the wedding ceremony.  The content of the document can be customized but ordinarily reflects the religious perspective of the parties.  The design is often personalized by an artist who can make a unique piece of art to be viewed for decades to come.

Chuppah – A Chuppah is a canopy held up by four poles where the wedding ceremony takes place.  It symbolizes the new home to be established by bride and groom.  It is open on all four sides, representing the hospitality seen in Abraham’s tent.  The covering of the Chuppah represents the presence of the Creator and as a reminder that the covenant of marriage is underaken in the Devine presence.

Kiddushin – Betrothal Ceremony.  When bride and groom are under the Chuppah, the guests are welcomed, a blessing is made over wine (with sips being taken by bride and groom), and ring(s) are exchanged.  The couple exchange traditional vows as well as original vows, if desired.  The signed Ketubah is read.

Sheva B’rachot – Seven Blessings.  Seven traditional blessings are said in Hebrew and/or English.  These may be recited by family members or by the rabbi.  Praise is given to the Almighty, along  with a wish for peace in Jerusalem, and a blessing for the couple.

Breaking  A Glass – The formal ceremony ends with  a glass being broken, by groom, bride or both.  This custom is said to reflect the fragility of our life and or relationships, and may also be a symbol of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.  But always, when the glass is broken, it is time to shout “Mazel Tov!” (good luck) and signals the start of a great party.