Entries by Rabbi David

Ontario moves to Step 3 —weddings and ceremonies

GATHERING LIMITS CHANGE FOR ONTARIO WEDDING CEREMONIES— With the move to Step 3 in Ontario on July 16, it seems like we’re on the way back to normal. Although events, gatherings, and celebrations still face restrictions, this move gives encouragement to couples planning to get married that they can take their plans off hold. It […]

Ontario Weddings —Scheduling 2021

Weddings in Ontario—Regulations on gatherings and ceremonies change Announced on June 24, 2021— New limits are in force in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada—for the latest in Ontario, please check out the official information site or contact us. The provincial government announced that effective Wednesday, June 30th, Ontario will enter Step 2 of the re-opening earlier […]

Planning Ceremonies in Ontario 2021—Weddings 101

OUTDOOR WEDDING CEREMONIES As the pace of reopening heats up across Ontario and Canada, couples with marriage on their minds are perking up. Check your local regulations for any specific restrictions in your area. You may prefer to wait until you can accommodate the large gathering and reception of your dreams. But if you’d like […]

Relationship/Pastoral Counseling

Everyone seems ready to get back to full speed ASAP as soon as things really open up—but new stresses may have been highlighted from working in isolation, too much Zoom instead of relationship-time, or even staying home more often. Extended family or relationships may have felt the strain, or there may be interfaith questions that  impact family […]

Your Wedding Video—Wedding Planning 101

VIDEO AT THE WEDDING—CEREMONIES 2021 Even with some gathering limits relaxing soon (we hope!), couples may still need to rely on Zoom, YouTube, or live streaming to bring friends and loved ones together for your wedding ceremony for some time to come. Restrictions are variable in different areas/parts of the world, and ensuring everyone  you […]

Are Zoom Weddings Legal?

Recent reports on how a few Israeli couples were getting married remotely in Utah to bypass local regulations made headlines and prompted questions about whether Zoom or Facetime weddings are legal. That depends. Weddings where the officiant or at least two witnesses are not present in person “on location” may not stand the legality test. […]

Backgrounder on Purim

Purim in 2021 starts on Thursday, February 25th and ends on the evening of Friday, February 26th. As you probably know, this is not a public holiday but a Jewish holiday that commemorates the delivery of the Jewish people from oppression and tyranny in the Persian Empire, which then spread over “127 lands” and is […]

Apply Online for Wedding Licenses in Toronto

State of Emergency/Stay at Home Orders and Wedding Licenses—2021 The City of Toronto has announced that while the state of emergency and stay at home orders are in effect: “As part of Toronto’s COVID-19 response, Registry Services counters at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall and the North York, Etobicoke and Scarborough Civic Centres […]

Our Backyard Wedding—

Celebrating with Love and Laughter— Fun and lots of laughs were what they hoped for, asked for, and how they celebrated at their fall wedding, says Karianne Marten-Spagnuolo, who married  her husband Adam on September 29,, 2020, in Etobicoke, a suburb of Toronto. The fact that the ceremony took place at home had not been […]