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Jewish weddings are filled with beautiful rituals, meaningful symbols, and powerful words.  Our Rabbi would be happy to speak with you about your wedding.  He does require an initial, pre-marital counseling session with each couple that he marries.  Please call the synagogue office to schedule your session.  Also, as the Rabbi's schedule is very busy, if you would like him to officiate at your ceremony, it is best not to set a firm date until you meet with him.  Also, please note that the Rabbi will not perform a wedding until Shabbat is over on Saturday evening.  

In certain cases, Rabbi Andrew will consider officiating at an inter-faith wedding.  Inter-faith couples who are planning to have children must be committed to raising their children as Jews and building a home that supports their children's Jewish upbringing. Under no circumstances will our Rabbi co-officiate with clergy from another religious tradition. 

Planning a wedding takes a great deal of time.  The Rabbi will want to meet with a wedding couple at least three times after the initial, pre-marital counseling session.  During these sessions, many aspects of the service will be discussed and planned.  In order to help you prepare for these discussions, Rabbi Andrew encourages couples to purchase a copy of <a href=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743202554/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=1558508015&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=19A7X1XBYB0RA3W8D8JV target=dlink><U>The New Jewish Wedding </U>by Anita Diamant </a> and begin reading it. 

<B>IMPORTANT:</B> Rabbi Andrew strongly urges Jewish couples of Ashkenazic descent (with Eastern European roots) who plan to have children to get themselves screened for Jewish genetic disorders.  For more information on these disorders, click <a href=http://www.jewishgeneticdiseases.org/index.htm?tgt=content/jgds-basepage.htm target=dlink>HERE</a>.  To find out about screening options in South Florida, click <a href=http://www.medgen.med.miami.edu/x28.xml target=dlink>HERE</a> for the Victor Center for Jewish Genetic Testing, housed at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Couples preparing for a wedding should remember the following:

By law, you will need to obtain a <a href=http://www.browardclerk.org/Clerkwebsite/Marriage/Default.aspx target=dlink>marriage license from the State of Florida</a>.  Please make certain that you bring a black pen to the wedding for the signing of this license.  Two witnesses will need to sign the license.  The Rabbi is required to return the license to the State of Florida after the wedding.  He will mail a copy of the license to you prior to mailing it.  If you will be needing a copy for any reason on the day/night of your wedding, please make the necessary copying arrangements with the facility where your wedding will take place.

You will need to purchase a ketubah (click <a href=http://www.ketubah.com/ target=dlink>HERE</a> to browse on-line) which the Rabbi will sign, along with two Jewish witnesses (people that are not related to each other or to you), at the ketubah ceremony.  Please make certain that you give the Rabbi and your ketubah artist enough time to complete your ketubah.  The Rabbi will need a copy of your ketubah when it is completed.  If you are relying upon the Rabbi to fill in all relevant information on your ketubah, it must be submitted to him at least one month before the ceremony.  Make sure that the people you select to be witnesses are able to write their full Hebrew name (their name and at least one parent's name) using Hebrew letters.  The Rabbi can always write it out for them if you inform him well before the ceremony.

If you will be needing kippot, you might want to check out these sites:  <a href=https://www.mayaworks.org/home/kippot target=dlink>https://www.mayaworks.org/home/kippot</a> or <a href=http://www.skullcap.com/ target=dlink>http://www.skullcap.com/</a>

Make sure that a Kiddush cup, kosher white wine, a glass that is easily broken, and a microphone on a stand is placed under the chuppah prior to the ceremony.  

Please contact the Rabbi with any questions.

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Jewish weddings are filled with beautiful rituals, meaningful symbols, and powerful words. Our Rabbi would be happy to speak with you about your wedding. He does require an initial, pre-marital counseling session with each couple that he marries. Please call the synagogue office to schedule your session. Also, as the Rabbi's schedule is very busy, if you would like him to officiate at your ceremony, it is best not to set a firm date until you meet with him. Also, please note that the Rabbi will not perform a wedding until Shabbat is over on Saturday evening.

 

In certain cases, Rabbi Andrew will consider officiating at an inter-faith wedding. Inter-faith couples who are planning to have children must be committed to raising their children as Jews and building a home that supports their children's Jewish upbringing. Under no circumstances will our Rabbi co-officiate with clergy from another religious tradition.

 

Planning a wedding takes a great deal of time. The Rabbi will want to meet with a wedding couple at least three times after the initial, pre-marital counseling session. During these sessions, many aspects of the service will be discussed and planned. In order to help you prepare for these discussions, Rabbi Andrew encourages couples to purchase and read a copy of The New Jewish Wedding by Anita Diamant.

 

IMPORTANT: Rabbi Andrew strongly urges Jewish couples of Ashkenazic descent (with Eastern European roots) who plan to have children to get themselves screened for Jewish genetic disorders. For more information on these disorders click here. To find out about screening options in South Florida, click here for the Victor Center for Jewish Genetic Testing, housed at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

 

Couples preparing for a wedding should remember the following:

 

By law, you will need to obtain a marriage license from the State of Florida. Please make certain that you bring a black pen to the wedding for the signing of this license. Two witnesses will need to sign the license. The Rabbi is required to return the license to the State of Florida after the wedding. He will mail a copy of the license to you prior to mailing it. If you will be needing a copy for any reason on the day/night of your wedding, please make the necessary copying arrangements with the facility where your wedding will take place.

 

You will need to purchase a ketubahwhich the Rabbi will sign, along with two Jewish witnesses (people that are not related to each other or to you), at the ketubah ceremony. Please make certain that you give the Rabbi and your ketubah artist enough time to complete your ketubah. The Rabbi will need a copy of your ketubah when it is completed. If you are relying upon the Rabbi to fill in all relevant information on your ketubah, it must be submitted to him at least one month before the ceremony. Make sure that the people you select to be witnesses are able to write their full Hebrew name (their name and at least one parent's name) using Hebrew letters. The Rabbi can always write it out for them if you inform him well before the ceremony.

 

If you will be needing kippot, you might want to check out these sites: https://www.mayaworks.org/home/kippot or http://www.skullcap.com

 

Make sure that a Kiddush cup, kosher white wine, a glass that is easily broken, and a microphone on a stand is placed under the chuppah prior to the ceremony.

 

Please contact the Rabbi with any questions.

Ramat Shalom Synagogue
11301 West Broward Boulevard
Plantation, Florida 33325
954-472-3600
954-472-3622 fax
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