Jewish, Interfaith, & Same-Sex Weddings
Rabbi Gail works with Jewish, interfaith, same-sex, and secular couples to craft the perfect ceremony. She will work with you, and your family, to create a ceremony that is spiritual and respectful of all. It is your wedding! Let Rabbi Gail create the ceremony that is perfect for you!
Rabbi Gail is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator. This is a program that allows couples to identify their strengths and challenges, to come together for a successful marriage.
I would highly recommend Rabbi Gail Nalven! Leading up to the wedding, she was responsive and professional– she provided us with materials that guided us through her typical Jewish ceremony, but scheduled several meetings so we could adjust and personalize. She explained traditions to us that we weren’t aware of, so we could decide if we wanted to incorporate them or not. On the day of the wedding, she arrived early, so she could scope things out and make sure everything went according to plan. She put us at ease because it was clear she had everything very organized. Then the ceremony was perfect. It was just the right length (approximately 20 minutes); it incorporated the Sheva Brachot (the Seven Blessings) with very nice English interpretations that we got to pick and that seven friend/family members read to us; it included a blessing by our mothers (where our mothers wrapped us in my husband’s bar-mitzvah tallit); and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that it included beautiful singing by Rabbi Patricia Rudden. From the minute we asked Gail to officiate our wedding to the very end of the ceremony, she was responsive, flexible, thoughtful, sweet, and all-around a wonderful addition to our wedding day.
Rabbi Nalven was a refreshing and accommodating joy to work with in the process of planning our wedding. My wife and I come from two different backgrounds, and Rabbi Nalven helped us find a happy middle ground between our two traditions that simultaneously respected my wife’s (Jewish) family and heritage while not alienating my (Christian) family. She was very flexible in meeting with us in the run-up to the wedding, and honestly was just fun to get to know and talk about the ceremony with. We would highly recommend her to any other couple wishing to get married, especially interfaith couples who don’t quite know how to navigate an interfaith ceremony.Hunter S.
Our experience with Gail Nalven was flawless. Gail really listened to what we wanted for our ceremony and delivered the perfect tone and sentiment…which isn’t always easy with an interfaith ceremony! Working with Gail was a pleasure; she was easy going, sent helpful reminders, and was incredibly reliable. We’d recommend her to anyone!Maggie G.
In planning our wedding, we wanted invite the sense specialness and continuity with Jewish history that comes with following tradition, but also to remain true to our values as a progressive couple from different faith traditions. Rabbi Nalven gets this. She helped us have a ceremony that was not just refreshingly egalitarian, welcoming and accessible to our many non-Jewish friends and family, and unmistakably Jewish, it was right for us. Thank you!Daniel G.
Rabbi Gail Nalven was a pure joy to work with and made our special day even better with her combination of humor and respect during our ceremony.Stu & Michelle
As my son Adam’s wedding approached, I suggested to him and his fiancé, Lauren, to contact Rabbi Gail Nalven to perform the ceremony. I had known Gail for many years and felt this would be the perfect match. As this was to be an interfaith marriage, they needed someone who would be sensitive to the feelings of both families. Rabbi Gail did that with such caring and love. She met with the groom and bride-to be (online) and was able to incorporate some traditions to the ceremony in a very tasteful way. It was a beautiful start to their marriage, and our family and friends are still telling us how much they enjoyed the ceremony and how beautiful it was. Gail, we thank you for everything!Amy & Mark
Rabbi Nalven was supportive, knowledgeable and helpful in all ways. We felt fortunate to have found her.Linda G., mother of the groom