Before we work together, I require a few things:
1) Get The New Jewish Wedding by Anita Diamant.
Whether you’ve attended many Jewish weddings or none at all, this invaluable resource will be great to help plan and shape your special day. Consider it mandatory reading.
WOW! What an amazing job you did this weekend. Thank you so much!
We loved the ceremony and have heard raves about you from our guests. The ceremony was the perfect start to our night and our marriage. Humor was important for our wedding and is important in our relationship and you provided laughs without distracting from the meaning of the day. Moreover, you personalized the ceremony such that we, as well as our guests, felt like we weren’t just getting married but commemorating a new step in our relationship. We also wanted you to know how much we appreciated all the little helpful directions both before and during the ceremony. Additionally, so many of our guests used the phrase “amazing voice” when talking about your officiating the service. As you know, music is important to our family, so it was wonderful to have such a melodious service. Overall, the service struck the right tone and we are deeply thankful to you for that.A.W. & J.O.W.
Our conversations and planning with Erik culminated with a beautiful, personal, heartfelt ceremony that reflected exactly what we wanted. Erik interpreted our personalities and what we said during our conversations on skype and via email to put together a ceremony that represented us, just what we had hoped for. Erik respected our different family backgrounds and we are so happy to have the great memories of our ketubah signing and ceremony that he helped to create.J.Z.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you officiate at interfaith ceremonies?
Yes. My philosophy is that if a couple is on the same page about wanting a Jewish-influenced ceremony that embraces universal values, I’m happy to accommodate you.
Do you co-officiate at multi-faith ceremonies?
At the moment, no. My expertise is in providing couples a Jewish-influenced ceremony officiated by a sole officiant.
Do you officiate at LGBTQ ceremonies?
Yes. I am a straight ally and believe in full equality for all. I lobbied Albany for equal marriage in New York before it was legal in the state, and I continue to fight for full equality in our society.
What are your fees?
Because I also offer pre-marital counseling to all my couples, and because I like to meet with couples between 3-6 times prior to the “big day,” there is a lot of time and energy to prepare for the wedding ceremony. I typically charge between $1,100 – $1,300, depending on the couple and the situation. If I have to travel more than 45 minutes to a venue, there is a charge for transportation. Deposit of 25% (not refundable to reserve the date) is expected at the time of booking.
We have a special situation. Can you accommodate us?
I will try my best. I’ve been a clergyman for over 20 years and have worked with so many different kinds of couples. I’m happy to be your guide, advocate, and partner in crafting the most meaningful ceremony for your special day.