(Closed) iterfaith officant HELP!

posted 8 years ago in Jewish
Post # 3
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@DCech: We had a friend get ordained online because neither of us is religious so we didnt want a relgious person. What about finding a JOP or civil officiant?

Post # 4
941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Since you’re in the Bay Area, I’d suggest getting in touch with rabbis in the East Bay…there are a few VERY open minded/liberal synagogues in Berkeley (I grew up in Oakland, but close by enough to be aware of these places.  Kahilah (spelled wrong) is a reconstructionst/liberal synagogue you can look at) and you may have more success in finding a rabbi who will conduct an interfaith ceremony.

Just an FYI (hopefully not too discouraging :-(), the more research I do, the more it seems that finding a rabbi who will conduct an interfaith ceremony really requires you to seek out someone from a reformed or reconstructivist synagogue, and often then you still may get some challenges.  And, as far as costs go…I don’t know…:-(  I think you can maybe “shop around” and see what the asking price is, or maybe if there’s a rabbi you grew up with, they can give you a sense of what the officiant should be asking.

Here’s a website I found that may at least give you some names.  http://www.interfaithofficiants.com/StateListPages/CAlist.html  Originally, we were going to have an interfaith wedding, and I went to google and typed in interfaith officiants nyc and got a big list.  so that may be another route to take.

Good luck in your search!  I know it can be a frustrating one.  🙁 

Post # 5
1235 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We are having an interfaith wedding as well and got lucky that we found a Rabbi willing to marry us. We wanted a true 50/50 split of the ceremony so we needed a Pastor too for my side. That was the hard part. Luckily, my Dad was ordained online a while back and we are using him for the Christian half. I would see about finding someone who is willing to do that. Otherwise since you mentioned it being non-religious you can usually find a JOP that is willing to do on location officiating. But like they said, if you are wanting a Rabbi reform is the best place to look. Ask around with synagogues too. They are usually willing and know somebody who can and will perform interfaith weddings.

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