Officiant for weddings, baby naming’s, lifecycle events that honor Jewish Ritual and the unique wisdom of traditional, non-traditional, and Interfaith families.

Jonie

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Was filled with dozens of volunteers like myself from all over the city. The hungry guests had be on line, for hours, across from the World Trade Center,waiting for both company and a delicious meal. This was co sponsored by the Church and the engaging Interfaith Center. This prayer was at each place setting. It was an honor to be a table host and to serve generous portions of food

Yom Kippur and Forgiveness

I was so touched by this photo and “Tiny Love Story” in today’s New York Times. It was written and photographed by Sandra Portocarrero.

Life has so much to offer if we can get out of our own stories

72 Street

Walking down the street on this hot steamy day in the city I passed this sign: an offer to clean a garment for someone who was out of work and who needed their item cleaned. So many daily acts of kindness…so many opportunities not to be complacent

Have you considered using public spaces for your ceremony? There are many beautiful places in the New York City and Long Island area. There may be budget issues or simply a love for the outdoors that may lead you to consider

“ this is exactly the right place for our ceremony”

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Passover

Is hours away. We sit around the table with friends and family. As we tell the story about our liberation each of us is aware of the poignancy and depth of Passover: we were slaves and now we are free. We are free and now we have work to do! As each of us reaches out how can we help those that are enslaved? Is it volunteer work or is it makes a contribution to HIAS or a similar organization. Let’s drink our wine…stay strong…and never be discouraged

last night, at Bnai Jeshurun Synagogue Cantor David Mintz shared some of Leonard Bernstein’s remarks after hearing about the killing of President Kennedy. It’s the day after the killings in Pittsburgh and I want to share these words of Bernstein’s with you.

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It was a beautiful evening and a joy to officiate at the wedding. Many blessings of love and peace.

On the Seine

I was in Paris a week ago getting ready to officiate at a wedding.  I came across these locks on the bridge that crosses over to the Orsay. Be it in Paris, New York or wherever it’s beautiful when two people have found each other! I watched a couple place their locks on the bridge. I sent them my best wishes.IMG_9369

We walked from Flatbush Avenue Prospect Park. We were a caravan of family and friends who travelled far and wide to witness a ceremony infused with love and with great joy.

The Sisterhood Of Huntington Jewish Center met two nights ago for our Rosh Chodesh gathering. This is a monthly tradition of women studying texts together.

It’s that very powerful time in the Jewish calendar year: it is Elul, the month before Rosh HaShana. I was honored to facilitate.

Here are some questions that we looked at:

How well do we listen when someone is talking to us?

Are we checked out, interrupting or present with them?

What is our response when faced with an intractable situation?

Do we rebuke, engage, bide our time, or move on to find kindred spirits?

A start might be to gather in a circle, as we did, and join our voices in the niggun and depth of Adon Olam. We can hold each other in support at this sacred time of possibility and transformation.

Certainly we are not alone. We are all held in way that are both seen and unseen.

Thank you to Rabbi Adina Lewittes and B’nai Jeshurun for our study materials