(Closed) Can non-Jews read some of the 7 blessings? (Interfaith wedding)

posted 9 years ago in Jewish
Post # 3
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I am also having an interfaith wedding ceremony and it is okay to have the 7 blessings read by non-Jewish people.

Post # 4
2765 posts
Sugar bee

Maybe the rabbi has some experience with this one?  If the rabbi was ok with it, I could see that melting away any concerns from the family…

Good luck!

Post # 5
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Hotel Vitale

Ask you officiant. We are having an interfaith wedding as well, and our Rabbi is fine with it. In fact, most of the people doing the 7 blessings for us aren’t Jewish, and the people signing our Ketubah aren’t jewish either.

Post # 6
1363 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m also having an interfaith ceremony and had originally hoped that my aunt could co-officiate.  The Temple rules forbid it, but our rabbi is working hard to find important places to include her with out actually calling her an "officiant."  She suggested that the Seven blessings were one perfect opportunity to include my aunt, and to give her something very important to do.

Post # 7
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018 - Ritz Carlton, Marina Del Rey

We had 14 people for our bracha — 7 read the blessings in Hebrew, and 7 in English; most of the people who read in English were not Jewish.  But you should ask your rabbi; ours not only okayed it, she welcomed it as a way of integrating our non-Jewish friends and family into our ceremony.

Post # 8
4 posts

We had an interfaith wedding (Jewish/Catholic) and used http://www.interfaithfamily.com. They have wonderful wedding resources to help with everything from finding a rabbi to officiate to creating an inclusive ceremony. They also have suggestions for the 7 blessings where anyone can say them. Good luck!

Post # 9
397 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I second most of the opinions above– if your rabbi approves, it’s probably OK. It usually depends on his or her’s denomination (Orthodox & some Conservative rabbis won’t allow for it, but then again, they won’t perform at interfaith ceremonies most of the time). Good luck!

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