Words of Support
As an interfaith couple, it was more important to find a rabbi that made us both comfortable in who we were spiritually, and as a couple, than just finding a rabbi who would simply marry us. In the time Laurie and I spent with Rabbi Janice, we quickly realized she was a special human being with tremendous compassion and a gift for calm and explanation that neither of us had encountered before.
Rabbi Janice’s uniquely patient and lovely demeanor cast an aura of inclusiveness to our interfaith marriage that all of our guests, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, still talk about. She provided a nonthreatening frame work for everyone to understand the Jewish traditions and options to include our guests in the ceremony with special blessings and readings. One of the many highlights for all of us was Rabbi Janice’s beautiful singing of the Sheva B'rachot/Seven Wedding Blessings, explaining both the words and meanings in English for all to understand.
Though converting to Judaism was never on Laurie’s radar, she continued her discussions with Rabbi Janice and despite us living in San Diego, Laurie converted to Judaism with Rabbi Janice as her spiritual advisor and sponsoring rabbi. It is inconceivable to us that our wedding ceremony would have been so meaningful or that Laurie would want to further her Jewish learning were it not for Rabbi Janice.
Jerry and Laurie
We enjoyed working with Rabbi Janice throughout the entire process from our engagement through our wedding day. She made us feel comfortable & introduced topics of conversation, without being pushy. Our wedding day ceremony was a meaningful, beautiful occasion and I can attribute much of that to her. If we lived closer, we would have continued to attend her synagogue!
Thank you for everything.
Matt and Tracy
When you're getting married, a lot comes to mind especially when you're bringing interfaith families together. To this day, we still get compliments on how inclusive Rabbi Janice made everyone feel.
There was a spiritual element to the service that made everyone understand and appreciate the joining of our families. From the first time we met Rabbi Janice, we knew we lucked out and I am beyond happy that we started our marriage with her help and grace. Such a special experience with so much love!
Caitlin and Andrew
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