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Weddings – חתונות

“The whole world is created for the sake of marriage.”

To unite the divided,
To bring together the separate
A mysterious mathematics:
Two into one
One into two.
A self-discovery.
Through another to learn my interior self.
Not in solitary contemplationAkilov wedding
But with another to whom I say thou,
With all my soul, mind, and might,
I am newly revealed.
Blessed is the union that turns I, me, and mine into we, us, and ours.
Blessed this union that issues a new grammar of love.
~Harold M. Schulwei

“Both Todd and I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the beautiful ceremony. You made it SO SPECIAL and honestly, I couldn’t have imagined it more beautiful than what it was. You made all the difference and what you said was so heartfelt and genuine. EVERYONE came up to us and told us how much they loved your ceremony and how special it was, that your voice was so kind and soothing, and that they enjoyed every moment of our ceremony. It was an honor having you marry us and being able to stand under the chuppah with you. You are such a special woman and warmth and kindness just radiates from your every pore.” 

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“Your singing voice is exquisite. Most every guest commented on how much they were moved by your service.”

“The service was sweet, personal, touching and so beautiful.”

Rabbi Schanerman incorporates traditional text, poetry, song, and personal reflections to create a meaningful ceremony unique to each couple.


  1. Rabbi Schanerman meets with the couple twice to get acquainted and to plan the ceremony.
  2. Jewish wedding ceremonies follow Reform tradition.
  3. Interfaith wedding ceremonies do not include all traditional Jewish wedding prayers. We substitute creative and beautiful poetry and prayer in those places where the traditional prayers recited between two members of the Jewish religion would not be appropriate in an interfaith setting. An interfaith ketubah, chuppah, and the breaking of the glass are welcome additions to the ceremony.
  4. The couple is responsible for acquiring the wedding certificate and having it signed at the wedding. Rabbi Schanerman will mail it to the State of Arizona.
  5. The member fee is $400.00 (nonmember fee is $450.00) payable directly to Rabbi Susan by check or Venmo.  This includes the ceremony and up to two meetings (or one meeting and rehearsal.)  Additional meetings/rehearsals are $75.00 each.  Unlimited email and phone support.
  6. The balance is due to Rabbi Schanerman at least one month before the ceremony.

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