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Officiant in Havertown, Pennsylvania,
(267) 902-7752
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4.8 out of 5
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  • 36 Reviews


    Dan Koller

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  • I'll start with what is most important; I have been told by friends, family, staff on-site and our photographer that our ceremony was one of the most heartfelt, romantic, beautiful, and intimate ceremonies that they had ever experienced. And so much of that is due to Joysa. While we planned our wedding from across the country, I had a feeling we'd connect well. When my (now) wife and I first met with Joysa, on her couch while her kids ran in and out with their friends, it felt like she was opening herself up to us and it made it that much easier on us to clearly outline what we wanted from our ceremony, who we were as a couple, and for Joysa to help guide us towards getting to that "perfect" ceremony. She had the ceremony organized and broken up into sections, providing options from Jewish, Irish, and varying degrees of secularism - resonating deeply with our mixed and not-especially-religious selves. Joysa had cut to the primary message of traditional ceremonies and provided it... Read more

    Karen

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    5 out of 5
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  • Karen and I can't say enough good things about Joysa. She did a wonderful job helping us shape our ceremony into a very memorable and personal moment. Honestly, going into the planning, we didn't know what we were doing, and without her our ceremony would have been over in 10 minutes. Not to mention we were also planning our wedding from across the country over the phone. Joysa had so many amazing suggestions for us, and we were so appreciative that she was able to make everything so personalized even though we weren't able to meet her in person until the day of! We also appreciated her flexibility, as we were looking for a mostly secular wedding.. With Joysa's help, we ended up with a perfect combination of Jewish and Irish traditions without making our ceremony explicitly about religion. She truly captured both of our personalities in the ceremony, to the delight of our family and friends. Joysa got a ton of laughs out of our small wedding, and had us laughing during our own ceremon... Read more

    Jo Anne Jacobs Ukozas

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    5 out of 5
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  • I found Joysa Winter researching on line. We needed a wedding offiante. I’m Jewish but my fiancé was not. When we met her I knew we had made the right choice. She was warm & caring. She listened to us and took the time to get to know us. She presented us with many unique options to add to our ceremony. She was easy to communicate with during the planning process. And the planning of the service was detailed. Which lent to a meaningful service...Many people complimented me on our service....

    Avery

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    5 out of 5
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  • Rabbi Joysa did a fabulous job in working with us to create a ceremony that was meaningful to us, and was open to using both Jewish and Quaker traditions. We were married over 6 months ago, and my family still comments on how beautiful the ceremony was. in the weeks before the wedding, she sent a questionnaire for us both to complete, and used our responses in her ceremony, which was such a nice surprise to hear what my husband wrote about me/us! She even emailed us after the wedding, a copy of her script, so I have it to look back on :) She was flexible with us on scheduling, and even drove all the way down to Delaware for our big day, Would highly recommend Rabbi Joysa!

    Chelsea

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    5 out of 5
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  • We highly recommend Joysa! She helped make our wedding ceremony personalized and exactly what we wanted. She took the time to get know us and learn about our love story and really helped to make our wedding represent us! We are both catholic but wanted to get married outdoors and incorporate Irish traditional aspects as well as our own ideas related to our own beliefs and joysa helped us to do this perfectly!! Our guests told us our wedding was so unique and personal and so filled with love! We are so thankful and highly recommend joysa!!

    Miriam

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    5 out of 5
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  • We really enjoyed having Joysa as our rabbi for our wedding. With Joysa, we were able to truly customize our wedding and make it ours. A ton of people have commented on how beautiful the service was and how they felt like it was really "ours" and special. We also met with Joysa to discuss our future and how to incorporate religion into our lives in a way that was meaningful and comfortable to both of us since we came from different backgrounds. We appreciated that a lot!

    Emily

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    5 out of 5
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  • Joysa was a pleasure to work with. Sent us a ton of information for the ceremony and tied in our love story beautifully. We very much enjoyed working with her!

    Nichole

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  • We are so thankful for Joysa being our officiant. We were a very indecisive couple about what elements we wanted for our wedding ceremony. Joysa got to know us on a personal level and provided us with a wealth of information and options to consider. She was knowledgable and very easy going and helped us merge celtic and jewish traditions seamlessly. Her ceremony was beautiful, personalized and reflected us perfectly. We received so many compliments on the service! Thank you for our beautiful ceremony and making everything come together to ensure a special day with our friends and family.

    Molly

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  • We loved working with Joysa! From the very first phone meeting, she put us at ease. She provided a packet of information on navigating interfaith weddings that we turned to again and again while we were planning. The ceremony was so personalized, and we got tons of compliments on the various components, length, humor, etc. On the day of the wedding, she was efficient, on time and friendly to all of our guests. Worth every penny!

    eric

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  • Service was very good. getting in touch with her was challenging at times.

    Lisa

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  • Joysa officiated our wedding in December 2017 and we received so many complaints on the ceremony! Our guests laughed and cried and enjoyed the personal love story that was included in the ceremony. The love story made the ceremony very unique and I wonder why more people do not do this; I am glad Joysa uses this as a key part of the ceremony. Joysa will work with you along the way to help you build your ceremony by providing you information on the different traditions and their meanings so that you can customize it to the couple's preferences. The only item that could have made this experience better is to have had Joysa at the rehearsal as it made my husband and I nervous to not be able to go through some of the ceremony until the night of the wedding. Other than that, we highly recommend Joysa as our ceremony was outstanding and our guests keep saying how special it was!

    Ali

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  • The moment I met Joysa I knew she would be our officiant. She is kind, attentive, and very experienced with marriage ceremonies. Her expertise is Jewish ceremonies but she loves to add nontraditional pieces to every ceremony. She was very responsive via email before the ceremony and incorporated all of our requests. The ceremony felt so genuine and intimate and I wouldn't have changed a thing!

    Shana

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    4.7 out of 5
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  • We are so pleased we chose Joysa Winters to be our wedding officiant- we could not be more pleased with how our ceremony went! Joysa tailored our ceremony in a way that reflected our faith and love for eachother in an intimate, but not overly "sappy" way. Joysa made our ceremony unique, incorporating elements of "our story", a traditional Irish Handfasting Ceremony, ring warming and biblical readings into the ceremony, making it interactive for our guests and meaningful for us. Many of our guests commented on what an excellent job she did and how unique our ceremony was- I would echo that! It was unlike any wedding I have been to and truly captured us as a couple. If you are looking for someone to tailor your ceremony to reflect you as a couple, Joysa is an excellent choice! She is experienced, professional (while remaining laid back) and full of ideas if you need some extra help or suggestions. I highly recommend her! Shana McMasters

    Sheri

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    4.4 out of 5
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  • Joysa was very flexible in doing whatever elements of a Jewish wedding we wanted. She also helped to proof the Ketubah and programs. She gave a beautiful ceremony and we are extremely happy.

    Danielle

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  • Rabbi Joysa was very calming through what can be a stressful process. She helped me to narrow down my service and readings and was able to give us a beautiful and meaningful ceremony. Our small wedding was more of a elopement and Joysa got nothing but praise from our limited guests.
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