But we also know that the role of a Rabbi is to teach and provide wisdom.
Our experience has taught us that this can be navigated…sometimes a ceremony can be inclusive by simply making a negotiated reference or a gesture that satisfies everyone. We can be intermediaries, healers and bridge-builders—after all, that’s what marriage is about too.
Sometimes all it takes is for us to sit down with family members, listen very hard as to what will make them more accepting and feel better, and then to make the ceremony have reference points that make it easy for them to make it a blessed day for all.
That’s why we love what we do and why we put faith in all of the couples we join together.
Our Beth Ruach congregation follows the tradition of second century rabbinic belief that a congregation needed to support universalism – heritage through significant diversity – and so we continue to welcome all in an egalitarian format of spiritual practice.