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Jewish Marriage Celebrant

Jewish Marriage Celebrant – an Experienced Celebrant for a Jewish/Interfaith Wedding

An experience reliable Jewish Civil Marriage Celebrant bringing passion for all ceremonies,
a caring approach, wealth of experience for unique, meaningful and memorable ceremonies.

  • You will receive a personalized meaningful civil wedding ceremony which will reflect your believes & tradition to the extent that you want.
  • Your wedding ceremony can be as secular or religious as you choose it to be.
  • Being a Jewish civil marriage celebrant, we can incorporate any of the traditional customs, have the verses read in both Hebrew and/or English and create a civil wedding ceremony meaningful to all involved.
  • I will guide  you through the path of the cremony, listen, help and advise, but at the end-
    It is all going to be your choice.
  • Free of charge – usage of any of my two very different Chuppahs. (optional)
  • Contact today to discuss and plan your special Jewish/interfaith wedding ceremony.

Book an unforgettable Jewish style wedding ceremony and receive:

  • A fully trained and experience marriage celebrant who puts your needs first
  • Advise and guide along the way for an unforgettable interfaith ceremony
  • Initial and all unlimited Consultations and communication with me
  • Meetings or and via emails/Skype and on the phone planning your ceremony
  • Witnessing & Lodgment of all legal documents
  • Same day registration of your marriage
  • Providing my Complementary Package
  • A full range of options from the Jewish faith and your partner’s tradition
  • A unique and personalized wedding ceremony celebrating your special story
  • Typing Draft of Ceremony for your consideration and approval
  • Keepsake official Marriage Certificate
  • Arriving early at the ceremony
  • A presentation keepsake folder of your wedding ceremony
  • Commonwealth Marriage Certificate
  • Rehearsal if needed at my place
  • Your choice of location , anywhere in and around Sydney
  • Your choice of any ritual from the Jewish tradition and any other
  • FREE usage of my Chuppah (choice of two)
  • Check the placement of chairs, table and flowers
  • Portable PA system so the ceremony will be heard clearly
  • CD/iPod player
  • I am there to make you feel relaxed
  • Conducting the Wedding Ceremony on the Day
  • Appreciative certificates (if required)
  • Forwarding all documents to State Registry
  • Lodgement and Registering your marriage on-line (with the BDM)
  • Applying on your behalf for the Marriage Certificate from BDM (additional fee applies)

In Civil Jewish weddings ceremonies we can incorporate any of the following customs:

The Chauppah – The wedding ceremony takes place under the chuppah (canopy) hence symbolizing  the bride and groom creating a home shared by the couple which will always be open to guests.

The Seven Circles – Under the chuppah, the Ashkenazi custom is that the kallah(Bride) circles the chatan(Groom) seven times. So just as the world was built in seven days, the kallah is figuratively building the walls of the couple’s new world together. The number seven also symbolizes the wholeness and completeness that they cannot attain separately.

The Kiddushin – The kiddushin (betrothal ceremony) takes place under the chuppah. It begins with greetings, a blessing over the wine, and a sip taken by the bride and groom. We associate the wine, a symbol of joy in Jewish tradition, with the Kiddush, the sanctification prayer is recited on Sabbath and festivals. Hence, Marriage, the Kiddushin, is the sanctification of a man and woman to each other.

Giving of the Ring – In Jewish law, a marriage becomes official when the chatan gives an object of value to the kallah. This is traditionally done with a ring.

The Seven Blessings – The concluding portion of the marriage ceremony is the seven blessings. We can call upon several different people to recite these blessings. They acknowledge G-d as the Creator of mankind, joy, bride and groom. In addition, they also praise G-d for having created man in His image, and for giving him the ability to reproduce that image. Therefore, we recite these blessings at weddings, since it is only then that the couple begins life as complete human beings. Upon completion of the blessings, groom and bride drink from the cup.

Breaking the Glass – At the conclusion of the blessings, after the couple drinks from the second cup, the groom breaks the glass with his right foot, as an additional remembrance of the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. We look at this act as a reminder of how fragile marriage is, also another interpretation is that the marriage will last as long as the glass is broken– forever.

Mazal Tov

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Contact me for an obligation- free meeting, or if you just want to discuss your wedding ceremony.

Some Jewish Weddings Testimonials :

Testimony 1

“An ideal celebrant, offering great communication and always going the extra step to make sure the day is exactly to your liking. Our ceremony was just what we wanted, and our guests loved it too – a large part due to Orna. Thanks again for helping make that night so special” David & Tracy 4/2016

Testimony 2

“Shalom Orna
Thank you so much for your part in making yesterday such a wonderful wedding celebration not only for Eran and Jasmin but for Yehuda and myself, both the families and friends.
I am so pleased that Jasmin and Eran found you!
As I went through the text with Eran and Jasmin before the wedding, I was impressed by the thought, care and love you have put into it, with the flexibility for each couple to add their own touch.
The ceremony was perfect – every word meaningful with a beautiful explanation of the rich symbolism of the Jewish wedding traditions which made everyone feel included, and a respectful intertwining of the two cultures.  Your warm and engaging delivery made it very personal, unique and memorable.
We have had so many positive comments from guests, both Jewish and non-Jewish, as to how interesting and enjoyable the ceremony was.
One even commented that many a rabbi could learn a thing or two from you!
Keep up the good work and I will certainly be recommending you should the occasion arise.
All the best.
Kind regards
Maureen and Yehuda Kam, “8/2/2016

Testimony 3

“Orna, we cannot thank you enough for making our wedding day so very, very special.  When looking for a wedding celebrant, we were after someone with whom we could establish a genuine connection.  We wanted to create a ceremony that was reflective of both our Jewish and Christian traditions.  You are an absolute perfectionist; your kind, caring, gentle nature, coupled with your willingness to go the extra mile – nothing was ever too much trouble.  The ceremony was meticulously planned, including a beautiful presentation folder containing the full script.  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. We are eternally grateful. Dave & Sash xx “April 2014

Testimony 4

“Having Orna marry my husband and I was an absolute blessing. I could not have asked more a more seamless, relaxing day. Orna organized everything for us, assisting us with the entire ceremony, and including exactly what we requested.As I am Catholic and my husband Jewish Orna was able to incorporate parts of both traditions to our ceremony, which is exactly what we had hoped for but not thought was possible. Nothing was a bother for Orna. She made the day so special and was kind enough to allow us to be married on her home premises. Orna organized a photographer & video taping for us on the day at no extra charge, and the pictures are gorgeous. Orna has such a wonderfully calm and sweet personality and she made my husband and I feel very comfortable and special. Thank you Orna for a magical day! We will never forget it. Exactly what we had dreamed and hoped for on our wedding day. xxxxx  Many hugs and thanks, ROBYN & YORAM ” September 2013

Testimony 5

We loved working with Orna as she made the whole process so simple and easy. The script for the ceremony was tailored the way we wanted and we were able to combine elements from both our cultures to create an experience that was uniquely us.
Thank you Orna for helping make our day special and memorable.
Wendy & Isaac December 2016