In Hebrew, the wedding ceremony is called “kiddushin,” which means holiness.
We celebrate when two people come together to make a sacred commitment to each other, in front of their family and friends and with the intent to establish a Jewish home. We welcome same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples alike, based on our belief that holiness of marriage can be present in all loving relationships. We extend this welcome to interfaith couples whose intent is to have a Jewish home, and to raise any children within the Jewish tradition. As part of this commitment, we require that the couple takes a class in Introduction to Judaism, so that both members of the couple have an understanding of Jewish practice and belief. Because our approach is centred on the creation of a Jewish home, we do not co-officiate with clergy of other faiths, and we only officiate at a time when Jewish weddings can be performed (for example, not on Shabbat or Jewish holidays).
Key elements of a Jewish wedding include a ketubbah (Jewish marriage contract), huppah (wedding canopy), sheva berachot (the seven wedding blessings), and the breaking of a glass.
Couples can learn more through reading The New Jewish Wedding by Anita Diamant, or Beyond Breaking the Glass, by Rabbi Nancy Weiner. All couples meet with the rabbi in preparation for their wedding, to discuss the ceremony and for pre-marital counselling and conversation. Temple’s beautiful sanctuary and intimate chapel are available, as well as our reception halls, and couples can engage the caterer and other service providers of their choice. We also extend membership to our newlyweds, to help forge a connection with our synagogue community.
We encourage you to be in touch with our Membership and Lifecycle Coordinator and to have an initial meeting with our rabbi early in your planning.