Entries by Rabbi David

God’s Promise

Izzy is the most precious gift, says mom Susan. And after such a challenging journey, Susan and her husband Edgar knew they wanted to celebrate the birth and naming of their daughter in a very special way that would stay with them always. “We wanted Rabbi David Gellman to perform the baby-naming ceremony because we […]

FAQs—Planning an Interfaith Wedding

These are some of the typical areas couples ask about when planning their wedding ceremony. Alexandra Gellman, who is likely to be your first contact when you connect to discuss your ceremony, answers some frequently asked questions. Please feel free to contact us for any topics we may not have covered in the detail you […]

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 […]

Weekly Interfaith Sabbath Services

WEEKLY INTERFAITH SABBATH SERVICES— Remote interfaith sabbath services are held online on Fridays  (from 6:30 to 7:00p.m.). These are ‘mini’ services—designed to be 30 minutes or so. We will start with three blessings of the three things that provide life— • For lighting the Sabbath candles • Blessing of the wine • Blessing of the […]

The Ketubah Story

More and more marriages are putting it in writing—and it’s not only Jewish wedding couples who are adopting the Ketubah as part of their wedding ceremony, a tradition that dates back thousands of years. One of the largest suppliers is Ketubah.com—a trendsetter in design and online service well-known internationally for museum quality work, was founded […]

Ontario eases regulations —weddings and ceremonies

GATHERING LIMITS FOR ONTARIO WEDDING CEREMONIES EASING—2022 Ontario has taken a big step on the way back to normal. Capacity limits will expand to 50 percent in arenas, theatres, and concert venues (with some number limitations)… Where vaccination certificates are required, capacity limits have been removed for most other areas/indoor public settings such as cinemas. […]

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. […]

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 […]