From the birth of a baby to the death of a loved one, from consecration to confirmation, from weddings to vow renewal ceremonies — life cycle events are at the heart of Temple membership.
Weddings are a Jewish expression of your legal commitment as a couple. You can have a wedding at CSC or Rabbi Karen Isenberg can officiate elsewhere.
Weddings at Congregation Shir Chadash are an authentic, memorable Jewish expression of your commitment to each other. Officiated by Rabbi Karen Isenberg, all Jewish and multi-faith, couples are welcome! Rabbi Isenberg will lead the service with you under the sacred space of the chuppah, the Jewish wedding canopy, at a location of your choice. All couples must meet with Rabbi Isenberg for two or three hour-long sessions to get to know each other, discuss the ceremony, and chat about the significance of creating a Jewish home.
You can personalize your ceremony with traditional and creative rituals. Let your loved ones receive you as a couple with shouts of Mazel Tov, and then move on to your celebratory reception!
Honor special guests by asking them to read poetry or sing blessings.
End your service with the tradition of breaking the wine glass to symbolize the breaking of all barriers between you, your beloved, and your communities.
Here are a few things to consider when planning your wedding at Congregation Shir Chadash:
After years together, you and your spouse may want to re-affirm your wedding vows. Traditionally, vow renewals occur during Shavuot as a community event, but you can renew your vows at any time. For information about having your vows renewed at CSC or officiated by Rabbi Isenberg elsewhere.